Manager in the fish farming industry, quality control, governmental or extension positions, developing new aquaculture species, managing breeding programs, sales or administration. The Master degree is also a stepping stone to an academic career.
What will I learn?
The programme gives you broad and interdisciplinary strength and specialisation in subjects of your choice. We offer courses in fish breeding, fish nutrition and planning and design of aquacultural plants, and you will get insight and knowledge about how those components/factors affect the effectiveness of production and influence the economic yield.
The study starts with introduction courses in physiology, health care and water quality, before the fundamentals of genetics and breeding, fish nutrition and also practical and theoretical aspects of fish production and technology is covered. The aim of the study is to give the students broad practical and theoretical knowledge in different fields, before they complete their master thesis within a focus area, which can be chosen from fish breeding, fish nutrition, production technology or another area of interest, e.g. water or product quality. The master thesis project is normally taken over one year, and offers great flexibility in terms of project type and location.
The aquaculture industry world-wide develops fast. The industry requires leading knowledge of breeding, nutrition, engineering, product quality, animal welfare and economics at a MSc level.
A candidate who has completed the education is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in knowledge, skills and competence:
Can select the best production animals and how to supply their nutritional needs in different production environments.
Know how to secure animal welfare in modern farm animal production systems.
Able to keep him-/herself up-to-date in scientific literature and new technology.
Able to place practical solutions into a broader social perspective, such as utilisation of resources, environment and animal welfare.
High competence in modern aquaculture production.
Competence to solve practical problems and participate in development projects.
High competence in animal breeding, nutrition and production technology.
Qualifications after graduation:
The degree gives opportunities for leading positions within a wide part of the Aquaculture industry and related areas like consulting and feed production. The degree can qualify for PhD studies within several scientific subjects.
Contents and structure:
Courses in fish breeding and genetics, nutrition, diseases and health, and production technology are mandatory.
Master thesis of 30 or 60 credits.
Final oral or written examinations or continuous assessment.
Cooperation with other institutions:
Arrangements, incoming exchange students:
Lectures are given in English.
Bachelor degree that includes minimum: 60 credits biology, 10 credits mathematics, 10 credits chemistry/physics and 10 credits statistics courses. Please note that students with a former master degree from NMBU will not be prioritized.. English at a level equivalent to the requirements set by the TOEFL test or similar, with results approved by NMBU.
Teaching methods are varied and include lectures, field trips, group work, independent studies and exercises and seminars by students.
Parts of the programme may be completed abroad.
Through the NOVA University network, all aquaculture courses registered are available for NMBU students.
A bachelor's degree or equivalent:
Including minimum 10 credits mathematics, 10 credits in chemistry/ physics, 10 credits in statistics and 60 credits in biology. Applicants with an engineering background are evaluated individually. Applicants must also demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations for programmes taught in English.