Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture is a leading academic centre in the fields of aquaculture, marine and agricultural sciences in Norway. The faculty has two campuses in Bodø and Steinkjer, and its mission is to be a leading arena for education and research. 



The scientific and administrative work at the faculty is currently being reorganized. Updated information on research will follow.

Research at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture is con​ducted by world-class teams continuously pushing at the frontiers of knowledge. Research programmes are designed for relevance to marine industries, e.g. aquaculture, marine and coastal development.

Research focuses on the fields of Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Welfare and Production, and the interaction between these. The faculty offers modern facilities, including state-of-the-art laboratories and a large, well-equipped research station with its own harbour.

Research gr​oups​




Animal science, production and welfare
(new research group, information will follow)


The PhD in Aquatic Biosciences is the study of the structure, function and behaviour of living organisms in aquatic ecosystems, predominantly related to the marine sector. It is an interdisciplinary research programme with emphasis on aquaculture, marine genomics ​or marine ecology.

about the faculty

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture is one of five faculties at Nord University, and has two campuses located in Bodø and Steinkjer.

The faculty offers study programmes at a bachelor- and master level in Agricultural Economics, Aquaculture Management, Biology, International Marketing, Animal sciences, Veterinary Nursing, Nature Conservation and Nature Management.   

Faculty of Biosciences and ​Aquaculture (FBA)  contributes to the development of a sustainable, knowledge-based bio-economy

BA aims to be a leading arena in the High North for education, research and knowledge dissemination in aquaculture and ecology. This is fostered by a unique genomic platform and characterised by strong interaction between disciplines.

FBA meets the needs for employment and value creation in the knowledge-based bio-economy. This is defined by the European Union as sustainable production and transformation of biomass to food, fiber products, industrial products and energy.

The faculty bases this work on talented people, up-to-date infrastructure and advanced methodologies - all supported by high academic quality standards and scientific integrity.

Scientific production and quality is assessed according to NIFU-STEP. Our ambition is to rank among the top educational establishments for marine biological sciences in Norway. 

The faculty is one of the leading academic environments within marine biosciences and aquaculture in Norway. It has modern facilities for  students and researchers in the main university buildings, including advanced equipment for the study of genomics, one of today's cutting-edge fields of research. These facilities are augmented by a large, well-equipped research station on the water's edge, just a 15 ­minute walk from the main campus.


  • Established in 1971
  • App. 800 students 
  • 130 employees (scientific, technical and administrative staff)
  • International environment: Staff and students from more than 25 different countries, 12 % international students
  • More than 30 PhD-students
  • Modern research facilities on campus and at our research station in Mørkvedbukta
  • Ca 33% external funding from the Research Council of Norway, Nordland County Council, EU and the industry.

Organization chart
Faculty Board
Annual reports
Faculty leadership and administration
Cooperation with UVMP in Košice

FORVEI- preparatory guidance

Preparatory Guidance

ForVei is an individual, coach-like talk with one of our advisors, open for all first year students at the faculty. The talks take place in February-March every year.

For more information about ForVei - preparatory guidance, click here

Contact us for more information on ForVei, or to book an appointment:
Email: tone.r.nilsen@nord.no

questions about our study programmes?​

contact us

Administration and scientific staff are located on the 1st floor by the main entrance on campus, or at o
ur research station in Mørkvedbukta.  
Kongens gate 42

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Nord University 
PB 1490
8049 Bodø

Phone: +47 755 17000​
Email (central): postmottak@nord.no​​




The impact of global change on the environment, human and animal healthKošice, Slovakia5/6/2017 4:00:00 PM5/2/2017 6:00:00 AMhttp://www.nord.no/en/news-events/calender/Pages/The-impact-of-global-change-on-the-environment,-human-and-animal-health.aspxThe impact of global change on the environment, human and animal health
PhD course: High throughput sequencing of non-model organisms DR425F - 2017Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University5/12/2017 11:00:00 AM5/2/2017 8:00:00 AMhttp://www.nord.no/en/news-events/calender/Pages/PhD-course-High-throughput-sequencing-of-non-model-organisms-DR425F-2017.aspxPhD course: High throughput sequencing of non-model organisms DR425F - 2017



Henning Reiss is the new Head of Ecology DivisionAssociate Professor Henning Reiss will be managing the new ecology research division at Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture. http://www.nord.no/en/news-events/news/Pages/Henning-Reiss-is-the-new-head-of-ecology-division.aspxHenning Reiss is the new Head of Ecology Division
Green diet for farmed salmonIt is necessary to locate new sources of protein to the feed of farmed salmon, due to the increasing limitation of marine fish meal resources. A high content of plant proteins in the diet has led to challenges in fish helath, fish welfare and product quality. Anusha Dhanasiri will study the effects of a greener diet in the research project EpiGreen. http://www.nord.no/en/news-events/news/Pages/En-gronn-diett-for-.aspxGreen diet for farmed salmon
On common ground for sustainabilityJapanese aquaculture students meet Norwegian EU-minister.http://www.nord.no/en/news-events/news/Pages/Japanese-aquaculture-students-meet-Norwegian-EU-minister.aspxOn common ground for sustainability