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 2021
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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.

See course overview and options in the study

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 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.


Admission requirements

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.

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

Study structure

Programme structure

Showing programme structure for students starting 2015

Study year: 1

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: Elective cources
Laboratory Course in International Aquaculture, part 1 5
Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
General Breeding 10 Compulsory Course
General Aquaculture - Nutrition 10 Compulsory Course
General Aquaculture - Animal Welfare and Health in Farmed Fish 10 Compulsory Course
Basic Aquaculture Engineering 5 Compulsory Course

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Elective cources
Laboratory Course in International Aquaculture, Part 2 5
Product Quality in Aquaculture 5
Environmental Pollutants and Ecotoxicology 15
Product Quality, Meat and Fish 5
Product Quality, Meat, Milk and Eggs 10
Theory and Application of Inbreeding Management 10
Statistical Genomics 10
Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Aquaculture Nutrition 10 Choose at least one Course (id:1)
Planning and Design of Intensive Fish Farms 10 Choose at least one Course (id:1)
Animal Breeding Plans 10 Choose at least one Course (id:1)
Aquaculture - Breeding and Genetics 5 Compulsory Course
Production Technology in Aquaculture 10 Compulsory Course
Study year: 2

Semester: autumn

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Master's Thesis 60 Choose one Master Thesis
Master's Thesis 30 Choose one Master Thesis