Programme of the First Part of the Master  


Molecular genetics
Molecular bases of animal genetics (5 ECTS)
  • Basic concepts of animal genetics; Organization and structure of the eukaryotic genome; Control of gene expression in eukaryot es; Molecular techniques to study variability; Genetic markers
Animal genomics (5 ECTS)
  • Structural genomics: genetic maps, comparative mapping, gene identification, genome sequencing; Functional genomics: general techniques in the studies of gene function, microarrays, proteome analysis, mutation-independent techniques, molecular bases for disease resistance, animal transgenics and modifications of the genome
Laboratory of molecular genetics (5 ECTS)
Bioinformatics practicals (5 ECTS)
Applied breeding
Fundamentals of statistical genetics (4 ECTS)
Quantitative genetics I (5.5 ECTS)
  • Variation and types of gene action; Concepts and basic types of selection by additive value: individual selection, pre diction of the additive value, selection methods, multiple selection for several traits
Quantitative genetics II (4 ECTS)
  • Mixed linear model; Detection and use of QTLs; Crossbreeding
Quantitative genetics III (4 ECTS)
  • Estimation of variance components, random regression and Bayesian estimation; Analysis and experimental design in animal breeding
Management and conservation of genetic resources (3 ECTS) Breeding programmes (7 ECTS)
  • Dairy and beef cattle; Dairy and meat sheep; Goats; Pigs; Poultry; Rabbits; Aquaculture; Breeding applications in developing countries
Reproduction biotechnology
Reproduction fundamentals and techniques (5 ECTS)
  • Bases of reproduction; Semen technology; In vivo oocyte and embryo production; In vitro embryo production and embryo t ransfer; Fundamentals of cryobiology: cryoconservation of oocytes and embryos; Transgenic embyro production; Microinje ction; ICSI and somatic cloning
Practicals in reproduction techniques (3.5 ECTS)
Reproduction biotechnologies per specie: cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, poultry (4 ECTS)


The theoretical classes are complemented by laboratory practicals, computer practicals, round table discussions and technical visits.