Aquatic Food Production Safety and Quality (AQFood), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #351 ,
Aquatic Food Production Safety and Quality (AQFood), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). This study track it for students with interested in Aquatic Production from the value chain perspective! You will start at NMBU and must submit your application for enrolment at NMBU.


Aquatic Food Production Safety and Quality (AQFood), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

In the first year your will gain competences in Aquatic Production at NMBU and in the second year you can decide to carry on your studies either at DTU or at SLU.

At DTU you will gain additional competences in industrial production whilst at SLU you will gain additional competences in Fish and Wild Life Management.

Learning outcome

  • Describe physiology, anatomy, health and welfare of fish and to be able to apply it to aquatic production. Evaluate the cause and effect relationship of different production techniques/strategies and handling process during the life of the fish and final process quality of fish as food & aquaculture

  • Analyse and evaluate systems used in aquatic production and optimizethe production of broodstock, juvenile and adult fish

  • Assess the economical, technical, environmental, and biological challenges of todays and tomorrow's aquatic production from a management perspective.

  • Evaluate the cause and effect of different production techniques/strategies and handling process during the life of the fish and final process of fish as food (DTU specialization)

  • Assess quality attributes by relevant sensory, microbiological, biochemical and chemical methods throughout the production (DTU specialization).

  • Classify on the basis of problem formulation, method accomplishment, personnel and equipment requirements, permits, and animal welfare and ethical issues (SLU specialization)

  • Apply population ecology, especially with regard to sustainable use of harvested animal populations and the conservation of small populations (SLU specialization)

Programme Structure

Semester 1 (e-learning)

  • Aquatic Food Primary Production: Fishery and Aquaculture

  • Aquatic Food Processing and Technology

  • Safety and Health Effects of Aquatic Food

  • Aquatic Food Supply Chain Management, Environment and Resources

Semester 2

  • Basic Aquaculture Engineering

  • Aquaculture Production

  • Aquaculture Laboratory Course

  • Elective courses

Courses during the second year

Semester 3

Specialization at UMB/SLU: Aquatic Production and Fish Wild Life Management

  • Fish and Wildlife Census Techniques

  • Project based advanced course

* Not mandatory but recommended


Specialization at UMB/DTU: Aquatic Production and Industrial Production

  • Introduction to food production chains

  • Predictive Food Microbiology

  • Elective courses

Semester 4

M.Sc. thesis project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 580

    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: 92

    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

In order to apply for the international M.Sc. programme in Aquatic Food Production - Safety & Quality (AQFood), you must fulfill a number of requirements. The requirements apply to all applicants regardless of where you decide to submit your application.

Degree Requirements

To apply you need to have a B.Sc. or B.Sc. Eng. degree (corresponding to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits) in Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Food science, Food technology, Industrial Engineering, Life science, Environmental sciences or an other comparable degree.

When you apply you have to decide which study track you want to follow, therefore you have to make sure that you fulfill the requirements for both universities in your study track. You are most welcome to contact the relevant universities in you study track to make sure you fulfill these requirements. Please be aware that the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has special requirements. For further information regarding this please contact the Admissions Office.

Tuition Fee

Fees and charges are directly to the university where you are enrolled. The fee will correspond to the fee level of that university.


The international M.Sc. programme Aquatic Food Production Safety and Quality (AQFood) does not offer scholarships. However some of the partner universities has a limited number of tuition fee waivers to award foreign students. Please look at the homepages of the individual universities.

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