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Bachelor in Aquaculture Management

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Programme description

This program gives you interdisciplinary expertise in aquaculture, economics and management that is highly relevant to a job in the aquaculture sector. You will learn about biological and sustainable seafood production, farming technology, various environmental impacts, fish health, fish welfare, aquaculture economy, quality management and HSE in aquaculture. This combined with internship in the aquaculture industry and bachelor theses gives you unique competence that is very relevant in the aquaculture industry.

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Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the programme:

Knowledge The candidate:

  • has broad knowledge of important topics and methods within the aquaculture industry
  • is familiar with research and development work in the field of aquaculture
  • can update his/her knowledge in the field of aquaculture -biology, -economics and -leadership
  • has knowledge of the aquaculture history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society

Skills The candidate:

  • can apply academic knowledge and relevant results of research and development work to practical and theoretical problems and make well-founded choices
  • can reflect upon his/her own academic practice and adjust it under supervision
  • can find, evaluate and refer to information and scholarly subject matter and present it in a manner that sheds light on the problem
  • masters relevant scholarly tools, techniques and forms of communication used in the aquaculture industry

General competence The candidate:

  • has insight into relevant academic and professional ethical issues related to the aquaculture industry
  • can plan and carry out varied assignments and projects over time, alone or as part of a group, and in accordance with ethical requirements and principles for the aquaculture industry
  • can communicate important academic subject matters in the field of aquaculture biology, technology and economics both in writing, orally and on web.
  • can exchange opinions and experiences with others with similar background from the aquaculture sector, thereby contributing to the development of good practice
  • is familiar with new thinking and innovation processes in aquaculture

Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

English language proficiency

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Career possibilities

The program qualifies for a broad range of positions within the aquaculture industry, depending on the candidate's previous experiences. The program qualifies to enter several levels in companies and organizations in the aquaculture industry, to work in the public administration and supplier industry for aquaculture equipment and directly in the production of aquaculture organisms.

Further education

The programme qualifies candidates for applying for the MSc programme in Biosciences at Nord University, provided the applicant having taken a course in mathematics and statistics.

Study abroad

Ever thought of spending part of your degree in another part of the world?

The program makes internationalization possible in the fourth semester. The students can then choose to have a 15-week internship in a national or international company. Aquaculture industries are a global industry, where many of our cooperative companies also have activity abroad.

Below you will find an overview of our partner universities where you, as a student in Aquaculture Management, can travel to:

James Cook University

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Vancouver Island University

Humboldt State University
University of New England

Wageningen University

University of Stirling


In addition to the semester fee and syllabus literature, students are expected to have a laptop with microphone and camera. Students must purchase their own laboratory coat for use in courses with laboratory exercises.

Costs for excursions may apply, max NOK 2000,-.

Costs for travel and accomodation in relation to the placement apply. 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

If the applicant does not fulfil the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification but has experience-based competence relevant to the field of study, he or she may apply for recognition of this competence in order to fulfill the admission requirements.
For more information about the specific requirements for experience-based competencies, contact the study advisor for this programme.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".

Refer to applicable legislation, rules and regulations

Assessment methods

The study program uses a broad range of exam and different valuation criterias such as written exam, oral exam, written assessments, presentations, multiple choice and folder portifolias.

Graduation requirements

The final graduation examination for the study programme consists of the bachelor assignment and work placement.

Programme evaluation

The programme is evaluated via student questionnaire, as well as by the programme director. The evaluations form a part of the University's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

ECTS Credits 180 Study level Bachelor's degree programme Teaching language
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Course location Bodø