Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources

Joint Master's Degree Programme, 2 years


Do you want to help solve the major global challenge regarding increased production of healthy food? Are you one of the next generation professionals within the area of sustainable marine circular economy? If so, you should apply for our Nordic Master Program in Sustainable Production and Utilisation of Marine Bioresources – MAR-BIO!
MAR-BIO is a joint degree between 4 Nordic universities. 



Programme description


Do you want to help solve the major global challenge regarding increased production of healthy food? Are you one of the next generation professionals within the area of sustainable marine circular economy? If so, you should apply for our Nordic Master Program in Sustainable Production and Utilisation of Marine Bioresources – MAR-BIO!
MAR-BIO is a joint degree between 4 Nordic universities. 



Study model


​1.semester
​Introduction to Sustainable Production and Utilisation of Marine Bioresources BIO5003 (15 ECTS) + Scientific Communication and Research Methods BI300F (10 ECTS) + Elective course (5 ECTS) 
2.semester

Elective courses at the partner universities

Elective course (30 ECTS
3. and 4. semester
Master thesis (60 ECTS) ​


Elective courses listed at the study programme webpage

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are: • Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) within bioscience or social science, including social economics. • Average grade of C or better (laudabilis) in the Bachelor’s degree. • A motivation letter must be uploaded to the application portal within the specified deadline.For applicants outside the Nordic countries, applicants are asked to document proficiency in English language.  

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Applicants apply to the preferred university. It is possible to apply to more than one.

 

Applicants are ranked by:

1. Motivational letter

2. Grades of the Bachelor’s degree

3. An interdisciplinary constellation of the class.

 

Applicants will be ranked by their motivation letters. The applicant’s motivation for the study, and his/her motivation for the idea of travelling between the partner universities, as well as his/her academic background and future career plans will be emphasized.

 

Job opportunities

Depending on the master's thesis profile, candidates will be well qualified for positions in relevant business sectors such as aquaculture, fisheries, further development and production of marine food, utilization of waste bi-products, biological consultancy, municipal planning, municipal and state management of environment, nature and aquaculture resources, as well as the development of coastal communities.

Further education

Further education will depend on background also from the bachelor's degree. Assuming biological background from bachelor's degree and completed MAR-BIO, the candidate will be able to proceed with a PhD in aquatic biosciences at Nord University, or equivalent PhD degrees at the University of Akureyri and the University of Gothenburg. Candidates with a social science background on their bachelor's degree will,after completing MAR-BIO, also qualify for doctoral degrees at other institutions in Norway or abroad.

Study abroad

The students enrolled in the program will do a minimum of 30 credit exchange to one of the partner universities; University of Gothenburg, University of Akurery or Holar University College.

Cost

Costs for semester registration and course literature apply.

The first semester the students will attend an compulsory course spending one week in Bodø, one week in Gothenburg and one week in Akureyri / Holar. These expenses are covered by the Nordic Council funds that accompany the master.

In addition, there is a compulsory exchange of at least 30 credits one of the partner universities within MAR-BIO, which results in travel, housing and food expenses. The students can apply for extra grant from the “Norwegian Lånekasse” if norwegian, or from ERASMUS + from the EU system.

More about the study programme

​One of the greatest challenges of our time is to find solutions for increased production of healthy food to meet the needs of a growing world population, while reducing the ecological footprint, protecting natural resources and ecosystems and advancing rural development.

You can choose between more than 50  different elective courses within the field of biology, aquaculture, fisheries, fishery and blue-green economy, laws and regulations, environmental governance and methodology. 

Already first semester you will visit all 4 universities through a mandatory introductory course. The travel for this is free for all students in the program. Financial support for further exchange has to be applied from Erasmus + or other possible sources.  


Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Non-EU/EEA: December 1​​  EU/EEA: April 1 Norwegian citizens/residents: April 15

New Students Welcome 2019

Important information

Mandatory attendance
International full-degree students are required to attend a compulsory orientation meeting held by the International Office on Monday, 12 August. View the full programme here. Please note that the faculty information meeting 14:00 - 15:00 on Monday is intended for exchange students only.

Please notify the study advisor, Mats Pedersen, if you are unable to attend Orientation Week.

Timetable
You can access your programme timetable online here. This will show you a weekly breakdown of all classes for the first semester. In some circumstances changes to timetables are unavoidable. Please check your timetable closer to the start of teaching for the most up to date version.

Course description and syllabus
Further below this page you will find an accordion menu called "Study Model". This menu contains an overview of all courses that form part of the study programme. By clicking on an individual course you will be provided with a course description, syllabus and other important course information. 

Find your way around campus
Find your way around by using Mazemap

Academic Calendar Here you can access the academic calendar for 2019/20.

New student at Nord
Our page New at Nord contains useful information concerning the mandatory orientation meeting organised by the International Office and other practical advise to ensure a great experience at Nord right from the start.

Orientation Week Schedule

Week 
​Date
​Time/place
​Activity
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​Monday 19 August

​ ​
​10:00 - 11:30

Room S142
​Opening of the Master's programme

  • Welcome by Dean Ketil Eiane
  • Introduction by Vice Dean for Education Marit Bjørnevik
  • Information from the student association NUGLA
  • Presentation of new MSc students
​11:30 - 12:15

Main canteen
​Lunch
​12:30 - 14:15

Room S142
​Information on the MSc programmes and research groups

  • Practical information /administrative issues by student adviser Mats Pedersen
  • Information about the MSc programme and the research groups at the faculty
​14:30 - 15:15

Meet at the main entrance
​Guided tour of genomics labs and campus dry labs
​Tuesday 20 August
​08:15 - 14:00

Auditorium A13
​BI300F Scientific Communication and Research Methods
​14:15 - 16:00

Room 2443
​Elective course BIO5001 Fish Physiology (only for the students who has selected it)
​Wednesday 21 August
​08:15 - 16:00

Auditorium A13
BI300F Scientific Communication and Research Methods
​Thursday 22 August
​08:15 - 16:00 (GROUP 1)

Room 1471
​Mandatory lab and safety course
​12:00 - 16:00
(GROUP 2)

Meet at main entrance
​Tour at FBA's research station in Mørkvedbukta
​Friday 23 August
​(08:15 - 10:00)

Elective course BIO5001 Fish Physiology (only for the students who has selected it)
​15:15 - 16:00

Auditorium A13
BI300F Scientific Communication and Research Methods
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​Monday 26 - Thursday 29 August
​Check timetable 
BI300F Scientific Communication and Research Methods

  • Statistical part
​Friday 30 August
​ ​
​(08:15 - 10:00)
Elective course BIO5001 Fish Physiology (only for the students who has selected it)
​10:15 - 16:00
(GROUP 2)

Room 1471
Mandatory lab and safety course
​10:30 - 15:00
(GROUP 1)

Meet at main entrance
Tour at FBA's research station in Mørkvedbukta

This is the oriantation week schedule specifically for new students of the programme Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources. Please note that you are welcome to also attend orientation week held in weeks 32/33 which is organised for all new students at Nord University and the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture in particular. For the detailed Orientation Week schedule please click here.

Services for new students

Studentinord
Do you need housing? Kindergarten? Affordable and healthy food on campus?

Get to kn​ow the services of Studentinord​, the welfare organisation for students at Nord University. Their job is to make your life as a new student easier.

Welcome committee
The welcome committee is run by senior students, who will ensure that you get the best possible start as a new student in Bodø. They can pick you up from the airport, help you find accomodation and arrange guided tourse in and around Bodø. Please follow their link here for more information about their services.

Buddy programme
Buddies are senior students who are helping new students get to know the university, study programmes and student community. In short, they help you prepare for having a successful start as a student at Nord University. Check out the 
buddy programme for more information.

Student life
Want to learn more about life as a student at Nord University? Find out more here.

About campus Bodø
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ECTS Credits 120
Study level Master
Scope Full time
Teaching language English
Police certificate of conduct No
Campus Bodø, Gothenburg, Akureyri and Holar

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Non-EU/EEA: December 1​​  EU/EEA: April 1 Norwegian citizens/residents: April 15

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