Agricultural Engineering - Animal Science Branch

ESA - Agrarian School

Aim of course

The aim of the course Agricultural Engineering – Option Animal Production, is to prepare professionals in the Agricultural sector, with a strong involvement in livestock husbandry, according the analysis, evaluation, accomplishment, experimentation and innovation in view of the socio-economical and environmental conditions and the sustainability of resources, animal welfare and food security. The course prepares students for a wide range of positions within the advisory service, development projects, industry sales, technical support, planning and management of commercial agricultural crops, animal production, food processing and marketing.

Course Coordinator
 Prof. Doutor Manuel José Marinho Cardoso


  • Qualify students for technical support and management of commercial agricultural and livestock husbandry companies, as they have the needed scientific bases to understand the relationships between the biophysical, ecological and social-economical factors.
  • Qualify students that can cooperate and interact within rural development and environmental teams, through the development of abilities for projects proposals and implementation, innovative technical solutions, planning and management.
  • Qualify students in multiple aspects of food processing and marketing chain of agricultural and animal products. This includes the capacity in socio-economic analysis and market strategy.
  • Qualify students for the quality inspection and certification of agricultural and animal products.
  • Qualify students for management and maintenance of tourism and leisure facilities (places of interest, fairs and expositions) as well as skills for environmental education activities.

Career Opportunities

  • Companies of production and marketing of agricultural and animal products.
  • Companies of animal industrial processing, including food quality evaluation and innovation.
  • Technical work, advisory service and animal improvement in producers’ organizations and in the ministry of agriculture.
  • Consultants in management and evaluation of projects in the agricultural sector.
  • Companies for development, promotion and certification of high quality products, including legislation, food quality inspection.
  • Private companies, county council structures, protected areas and other official central and regional organizations, associated to sustainable rural development and conservation and protection of the natural resources.
Study programme