Start of Studies:
A bachelor's degree or equivalent
Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree in Aquaculture or equivalent education that includes basic knowledge in statistic/mathematics, chemistry/physics and 60 credits in biology.
Applicants with an engineering and other relevant background are evaluated individually.
The following compulsory requirements must be in place for the application to be considered:
- A motivation letter specifically aimed at the program
- A weighted, average grade of minimum Norwegian C (from the Bachelor's degree) is required at NMBU to be qualified for applying to Master's degree
- English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations
Applicants who have already completed a master degree will not be prioritized.
The study starts with an introductory course in sustainability and animal welfare in aquaculture before continuing with courses in fish physiology and applied aquaculture.
The aim of the study is to provide students with practical and theoretical knowledge in various fields, before they complete their master's thesis within a focus area, which can be chosen from genetics and breeding, fish nutrition, production technology or another area of interest, e.g. water or product quality.
The master's thesis project normally lasts six months or a year and offers great flexibility in terms of project type and location.
Our candidates could work as managers in the farming industry, quality control, feed production, advisory positions within both private and public authorities, product development and research into new technology, feed and equipment for the aquaculture industry.
The master's degree also provides the opportunity for an academic career.
A candidate who has completed the education is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in knowledge, skills and competence:
- Be equipped to summarize theory and practice to meet challenges in industry and society, such as resource-efficient food production, the environment and animal welfare
- Problem-solving expertise in aquaculture production and business development
- Dealing with complex sustainability challenges in the aquaculture industry
- Have the ability to synthesize and utilize acquired knowledge in complex aquaculture matters
- Have in-depth knowledge in one or more of the fields of production biology, production technology and feed technology applied in aquaculture
- Be able to apply their knowledge to solve practical farming challenges, participate in development and research tasks, and follow knowledge development and innovation in the aquaculture industry
Parts of the programme may be completed abroad.
Through the NOVA University network, all aquaculture courses registered are available for NMBU students.
The master's program consists of courses in fish breeding, fish nutrition, fish health, product quality, aquaculture technology, and planning and design of aquaculture facilities. The degree ends with a master's thesis of 30, 45 or 60 ECTS.
- Teaching methods are varied and include lectures, field trips, group work, independent studies and exercises and seminars by students.
- Final oral or written examinations, assigment or continuous assessment or portfolio.
- Lectures are given in English.