Study plan for Master in Aquaculture (M-AA)

A master’s degree is awarded on 120 credits. Equivalent of two years full study.

Students who lack knowledge about general aquaculture from their bachelor's degree are recommended to start with the course 

AQX251 Sustainability and welfare in aquaculture in the first august block in their master's degree.


To obtain a master’s degree in Aquaculture, the following is required:

  • Minimum 30 credits courses at 300-level in one of the three specializations
  • Compulsory courses at 300-level
  • Optional courses at 200 or 300 level
  • A compulsory master thesis of 60 or 30 credits


Compulsory courses (ECTS/Period)

First year

AQX251 Sustainability and welfare in aquaculture (5 ECTS/August)
BIO314 Fish physiology (5 ECTS/Autumn)
20-25 ECTS Optional courses (Autumn)

AQX300 Applied Aquaculture (10 ECTS/Spring)
20 ECTS Optional courses (Spring)

Second year

Master thesis 60 ECTS or 
30 ECTS Optional courses (Autumn) and Master thesis 30 ECTS (Spring)
Read more about the master thesis here and read more about thesis proposals/topic for the master thesis


Optional courses from the three specializations area:


  • Production Biology
    • Select courses in nutrition/feeding, genomics/breeding and welfare/behavior
  • Management and Farming Technology
    • Select courses in economy, management, leadership and farming technology (RAS)
  • Feed Technology and Nutrition
    • Selected courses in nutrition and feed technology

Production Biology (ECTS/Period)

AQB250 Sustainable aquaculture – breeding and genetics (5 ECTS/Autumn)
AQX250 Genomics to improve sustainability of aquaculture (5 ECTS/Autumn)
AQN350 Aquaculture Nutrition (10 ECTS/Autumn)
AQN351 Sustainable ingredients in aquafeeds (5 ECTS/Autumn)
BIN300 Statistical Genomics (10 ECTS/Spring)
BIN301 Genomic and pedigree-based prediction of genetic value (10 ECTS/Autumn)
BIN302 High throughput phenotyping for precision farming (10 ECTS/Autumn)
BIO315 Behavioral biology in fishes (5 ECTS/Spring)
HFA300 Animal Breeding Plans* (10 ECTS/Spring)
HFA304 Theory and Application of Inbreeding Management* (10 ECTS/June + August)
HFE303 Nutrition and Optimisation of Diets for Monogastric Animals (10 ECTS/Autumn)
HFE314 Experimental animal nutrition and physiology (10 ECTS/Spring)
* Prerequisites HFA200

Management and Farming Technology (ECTS/Period)

AQP211 Production technology in aquaculture (10 ECTS/January + Spring)
AQP350 Planning and Design of Intensive Fish Farms (10 ECTS/Spring)
AQT251 Laboratory course in international aquaculture (5 ECTS/Autumn)
AQT254 Basic Aquaculture Engineering (5 ECTS/Period)
ECN230 International Economics (10 ECTS/Autumn)
Special syllabus (10 ECTS/All)


Feed Technology and Nutrition

AQN350 Aquaculture Nutrition (10 ECTS/Autumn)
AQN351 Sustainable ingredients in aquafeeds (5 ECTS/Autumn)
HFE303 Nutrition and Optimisation of Diets for Monogastric Animals (10 ECTS/Autumn)
HFE305 Feed Manufacturing Technology (10 ECTS/August + Autumn)
HFE306 Advanced Feed Manufacturing Technology (5 ECTS/January)
HFE308 Optimalization of Feed Processing for Different Animal Species (10 ECTS/Spring)
HFE310 Management of Production, Risk and Innovation in Feed Production (10 ECTS/Spring)
HFE314 Experimental animal nutrition and physiology (10 ECTS/Spring)
MVI261 Heat Engineering II (5 ECTS/Autumn)
MVI310 Macronutrients, Their Structure and Functionality (10 ECTS/Autumn)

General courses for all specializations

BINT302 Internship Aquaculture (5-15 ECTS/All) - read more about internship here
KJM220 Vannkjemi (Norwegian) (5 ECTS/Autumn)
MTH300 E-learning Course: Planning and Scientific Writing of a Master’s Thesis in Natural Sciences (5 ECTS/Autumn)
NATF240 Fish Ecology and Management (Norwegian) (10 ECTS/Spring)
SDG300 Sustainable development goals in plant and animal food systems (5 ECTS/January)
STIN300 Statistical Programming in R (5 ECTS/January)


Published 25. February 2022 - 15:42 - Updated 23. juni 2022 - 15:08