M.Sc. Aquaculture

University of Nordland | Bodø, Norway
The main aim of this Master's programme is to provide the students with scientific and practical skills crucial for the development of the aquaculture industry. The students can specialise either in reproductive biology, fish health and welfare, nutrition, seafood quality, marine molecular biology or marine ecology.

Description of Aquaculture


The Master's programme builds on the Bachelor's degree that is required for admission to the programme. The programme's duration is two years, and comprises degree courses (normally 60 credits) and an independent scientific master's thesis (normally 60 credits).

The Master's thesis will normally be a supervised independent, scientific work of 60 credits; however it is also possible to write a 30 credit thesis, in which case the master's courses will be expanded to 90 credits. A list of suggested tasks for the master's theses is available on request to the Faculty. Previously completed master theses at Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture can be found on the Faculty's website.

The degree courses normally comprises 60 credits, of which 20 credits obligatory courses and 40 credits elective courses.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline February 1: non-European citizens; 1 April: European citizens; April 15: applicants with residence permit in Norway.
Tuition fee

There is no tuition fee, only a fee for registration, copy fee, sit for exams and welfare of 90 per year.

Not specified
Start date August  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

This is a full-time programme conducted at University of Nordland, with lectures, laboratory work and different kinds of assignments. The master's courses (300-level) are taught in 4-5 blocks per semester, i.e. seminars over two days with appr. 15 hours per block. For students working in Norway it is possible to apply for a part-time programme; please contact jhk@uin.no.

Requirements for Aquaculture

General entry requirements for higher education in Norway as specified by Nokut (The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education).

Students who are not native speakers of English, must document knowledge of English with one of the tests indicated below.

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor´s degree (or equivalent) in biological sciences, and have minima of 60 ECTS credits biological courses, 5 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics as well as 10 ECTS credits physics or chemistry. The average mark must be C or better either for the entire degree or on the core of the 60 ECTS specialisation (using the scale from A-F, with E as the lowest passing grade).

Work Experience for Aquaculture

No work experience is required.

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University of Nordland, Norway

Norway University of Nordland (UIN) is a place for learning, experience and research for approximately 600 staff and 6030 students. With learning facilities across Nordland County, UIN is an important institution for learning, study and research in the region.