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. 



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.





Animal science, production and welfare 

The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture has its own research station in Mørkvedbukta, Bodø.



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 bachelor and master level within the fields of 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

  • More than 1,000 students 

  • 140 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

Organisation chart
Mørkvedbukta Research Station
Faculty Board
Annual reports
Faculty leadership and administration
Cooperation with UVMP in Košice

Forvei: Personal guidance for students

ForVei stands for Forberedende Veiledning = Preparatory Guidance for students. Together with a skilled advisor, you talk in confidentiality about the subjects that are important for you in order to experience increased motivation, sense of achievement, ability to follow through on your studies and wellbeing.

What is ForVei?

ForVei are individual preparatory guidance conversations for first-year undergraduate students at FBA. ForVei is suitable for all students, whether you are living the happy student life or spending all of your time at the reading room. Regardless of academic achievement, social networks and commitment, we offer our individual guidance conversation to you.

The key goal of ForVei is that you as a student enjoy and master your student life. The offer was initiated by NTNU, and has also been implemented at the University of Oslo. The project has been very successful, and we are proud that FBA since spring 2014 could offer Forvei as the first faculty at Nord University.

What will we talk about?
You will get an individual conversation with a skilled advisor, where the topic will be your life as a student at FBA. Togehter we set aside one hour to discuss the matters that are important for you in order to experience increased motivation, sense of achievement, ability to follow through on your studies and wellbeing. If needed, you will have the opportunity for follow-up conversations.

What will you gain?

Better understand your strengths and limits/challenges
Share and process positive and negative experiences as a student
Reflect upon your study choices
Get ideas and advice on study techniques, time management and coping with student         life for successful studies

Who is ForVei for?

ForVei is available for all first-year undergraduate students at FBA. The programme runs in the period February - March.

The guidance conversations are confidential, and the advisors are trained in ForVei methodology. If needed, we can refer you to other instances, such as Student Service, counselling service at Nord University or other external services.

Email: trine.a.bernhardsen@nord.no​ 

Questions about our study programmes?​

Contact us

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

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Nord University
PB 1490
8049 Bodø


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




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