Aquaculture (Akvakultur)

Aquaculture (Akvakultur)

Master of science (2 year) Full time

Gisle Bjørneby, UMB

The aquaculture industry is an innovation driven industry with a lot of possibilities; both within business and research.


A bachelor's degree or equivalent

Application deadline:

April 15th
International applicants:
December 1st

Study start
Autumn 2022
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Admission Office:
Phone:  67 23 01 11

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.

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Job opportunities

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.

Learning outcomes

The program 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.


Admission requirements

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 studies at the university have been a good investment for me. It gave me a good foundation with many opportunities in the aquaculture industry.

Director Alf-Helge Aarskog, Marine Harvest

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