The world needs students who can help to ensure sustainable utilization of marine resources, and have knowledge of how the marine environment is affected by climate change. We also need students who can contribute with new knowledge to the aquaculture industry. Students get the opportunity to use advanced molecular techniques to solve relevant biological and ecological challenges. As a master student in biology and aquaculture, you become part of an international research environment, with the possibility of exciting theses in marine ecology, genomics and aquaculture.
The Biology and Aquaculture Master's programme is offered at Nord University, Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA). The master programme is an academic programme and offers three specializations: aquaculture, marine ecology and marine genomic.
Aquaculture - also known as fish or shellfish farming - refers to the breeding, rearing, and harvesting plants and animals in all types of water environments. Aquaculture is probably the fastest growing food producing 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.
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.
Technological breakthroughs in DNA sequencing has quickly made new issues available and changed practices within biological research. The 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.
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