Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources

Joint Master's Degree Programme, 2 years

Welcome to a new academic year at Nord

Semester registration and attendance

Welcome to the Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources​ at Nord University. The autumn semester promises to be exciting​, inclusive and, not least, safe for all our students.

The Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources will be delivered through a combination of online and onsite learning in autumn 2020.

Registration 

You can register as  a student as soon as you receive your student number. After completing registration, you will have access to a range of digital forums and tools at Nord University. This includes digital meeting rooms and the e-learning platform Canvas. 

This year, it is especially important that you participate in digital learning arenas.  

Received a student number? >> Register as a student at Nord University. 


Start date

New MAR-BIO students are invited to attend an online commencement meeting.

Monday, August 17, 2020
Time and link to online meeting will published here soon.

We recommend that you attend the meeting, in which we will provide useful information and where you will have the chance to get to know your study advisor and lecturers.

Contact information

Academic advisor:
Mats Pedersen​ ​- mats.pedersen@nord.no
​​Tel: +47 75 51 73 51

Equipment

Digital learning forms an important part of education at Nord, regardless of mode of delivery.  It is important to have the right equipment. All student should have access to:

  • PC/Mac/tablet with internet access
  • Headset
  • Web camera

Special learning arrangements

If you have special needs, including if you are in a high risk group for Covid-19, that affect your learning situation, you can apply for special arrangements in teaching and examinations.

>> Read more about special learning arrangements here. ​

Infection prevention and control

Please familiarise yourself with infection prevention and control measures at Nord University and the Faculty​​. We expect all students to adhere to the applicable guidelines in this regard.

Program for commencement

The programme for commencement will be published here when it is available. Class timetables for the entire semester are available below.

New Master of Biosciences students are invited to attend an online commencement meeting. 

Monday, August 17, 2020
Time and link to online meeting will published here soon.

We recommend that you attend the meeting, in which we will provide useful information and where you will have the chance to get to know your study advisor and lecturers.​

Monday, August 31, 2020
Incoming international students plan to arrive on campus for commencement of onsite classes on this date. Late arrival may lead to cancellation of admission. Please contact your academic advisor if you have questions.

Timetables and course literature

Timetables

The class timetable will be available in TimeEdit in the course of the summer holidays. Follow the links below to check if your timetable has been published.

After you have completed semester registration, you can log in to TimeEdit and see your personalized timetable.​

Course literature

>> Read our instructions on finding, purchasing and downloading course literature here.​

Student life and practical information

Studentinord

Studentinord is the student welfare organization. They offer student housing, food and drink on campus, kindergartens, counselling services and bookshops, as well as support to recreational activities for students.

>> Studentinord

Getting around campus​

MazeMap provides detailed maps of Nord's campuses

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Bus to and from campus


New in town and student life

>> Arriving in Norway: good to know upon arrival at your study destination. Everything from sim cards, bank accounts and groceries to notifying immigration authorities.

>> Student life in Bodø

>> Student life in Steinkjer

App “Infoskjermen GO"

Stay up to date with what's happening on campus using the app “Infoskjermen GO". Here you will find an overview of activities, news and offers. Download for iPhone / Android. ​



​​​​​​​​​​​​​MAR-BIO is a research-based master's program combining competence from 3 Nordic countries to educate next-generation professionals within the area of blue growth and marine circular economy. The name of the programme is Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources. 

 Through an interdisciplinary study program in three nordic countries, you will gain insight into the interaction between fisheries, aquaculture, environment, law, management and production of marine bio-resources.

MAR-BIO is a joint degree between 4 Nordic universities and as a student you will undertake at least 30 credits at one of our partner universities.



Programme description

​​​​​​​​​​​​​MAR-BIO is a research-based master's program combining competence from 3 Nordic countries to educate next-generation professionals within the area of blue growth and marine circular economy. The name of the programme is Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources. 

 Through an interdisciplinary study program in three nordic countries, you will gain insight into the interaction between fisheries, aquaculture, environment, law, management and production of marine bio-resources.

MAR-BIO is a joint degree between 4 Nordic universities and as a student you will undertake at least 30 credits at one of our partner 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) ​


To view a complete overview of elective courses available at our partner institutions, visit the website of The University of Gothenburg.​

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are:

• Higher education entrance qualification

• Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) within bioscience or social science.

• 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.

 
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.

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

General admission and documentation requirements

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.  


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Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Non-EU/EEA: December 1​​ 2019, EU/EEA: April 1 2020, Norwegian citizens/residents: April 15 2020




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​​ 2019, EU/EEA: April 1 2020, Norwegian citizens/residents: April 15 2020

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