Masters in biology and aquaculture

Marine resources are of great value to mankind and must be maintained for future generations. Master¿s students will gain knowledge on the marine environment and its living resources, helping them understand the importance of sustainability both in aquaculture production and in the face of climate change. Practical experience obtained through fieldwork, experiments and laboratory analyses, will qualify students for career paths in the field of aquaculture, genomics and marine sciences.


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About The Masters in biology and aquaculture Degree Programme

Doing a master in biology and aquaculture you are not only learning in depth knowledge within a

biological field, you will also improve your way of critical thinking and be a part of a scientific research environment.

The master programme is an academic programme and offers three specializations: aquaculture,

marine ecology and marine genomic.


Specialization Aquaculture:

Aquaculture – also known as fish or shellfish farming – refers to the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of

plants and animals in all types of water environments. Aquaculture is probably the fastest growing foodproducing

sector in the world, now accounts for nearly 50 percent of the world’s food fish. The

specialization in Aquaculture aims to give students a deeper knowledge in selected areas of

aquaculture. Through the choice of topics, you can delve into subjects such as aquaculture nutrition, fish

physiology, fish health, quality and food safety. The master thesis are normally within themes like

reproduction of fish, nutrition, fish welfare and health, and muscle quality. The practical work can be

carried out in the University¿s research station or in close cooperation with the industry. The

specialization offers both 30 and 60 credits thesis. Selecting a 30-credit thesis, you have the opportunity

to take courses in for example economics and management (in Norwegian) at other faculties.


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Specialization marine ecology:

Knowledge about factors and mechanisms, which determine the number and distribution of organisms ¿

also known as ecology, becomes increasingly important as human activity continues to exploit and affect

nature in different ways. Field sampling, controlled experiments, modelling and advanced laboratory

analyses are all common research methods in the study of ecology. As a master student within the field

of marine ecology, you can choose among study topics related to benthic animals and plants to

understand and predict how climate change and other anthropogenic or natural factors affect marine

benthic systems and to apply this knowledge to sustainable ecosystem management. Another possibility

is to study the interactions between marine organisms and their environment on all scales from the cell

level to ocean basins, or using molecular biological techniques to analyze how populations are related

and adapt to the changing environments.


Specialization marine genomic:

Technological breakthroughs in DNA sequencing has quickly made new issues available and changed

practices within biological research. Study provides knowledge on how to collect, analyze and interpret

large data sets using bioinformatics. Genomics is the study of structure and function of the genetic

material. The specialization makes it possible to immerse yourself in an exciting theme, selected from a

wide range of possible issues. Relevant disciplines includes marine ecology, evolutionary biology,

systematics, ethology and aquaculture. Completion the master makes it possible to work with a variety of biological disciplines within the industry, health, management and research.


A master’s degree in «Biology and Aquaculture” will qualify forjobs in both public and private sectors, for example in consulting and investigation both privately and invarious ministries, directorates, county and municipal authorities.

Tution Fee

Students registering at Norwegian Universities do not have to pay tuition fees

Admission Requirement

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree in biology, aquaculture, ecology, molecular biology, food

technology or equivalent with an average grade of C or better. Students must have basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics.

Application Deadline

1st December Each year

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