Biology and Aquaculture, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Marine resources are of great value to humankind 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. The M.Sc. inBiology and Aquaculture is offered byNord University.


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 Biology and Aquaculture master programme at Nord University 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 becarried 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.

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 marinebenthic 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.

Job opportunities

A master's degree in "Biology and Aquaculture" will qualify for jobs in both public and private sectors, for example in consulting and investigation both privately and in various ministries, directorates, county and municipal authorities. Depending on the Master's degree specialization, the student will qualify for many different positions in molecular biology laboratories, environmental consultants, Norwegian and international aquaculture industry within feed production, vaccine and commercial aquaculture businesses.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scientific Communication and Research Methods
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Laboratory safety master
  • Aquaculture Ecology
  • Specialisation
  • Elective courses

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree within a biological field with an average grade of C or better. Students must have basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics, and need a minimum of 60 ECTS in Bioscience courses.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • No special costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.
  • Fees could apply for elective courses, maximum NOK 3000.


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