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PhD in Aquatic Biosciences

Programme description

Aquatic Biosciences at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture is the study of the structure, function and behaviour of living organisms in aquatic ecosystems, predominantly related to the marine sector.

Career opportunities

The PhD in Aquatic Biosciences will first and foremost qualify the students for positions within higher education institutions and for research and development work at research institutes. They would also have opportunities within the aquaculture or marine life science-related industries in Norway and abroad. Non-Governmental agencies interested in marine environmental issues will also be an attractive employer.

Student exchange

Doctoral education at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture is internationally oriented. Candidates are expected to contribute to international conferences and publish in international peer-reviewed journals.

Based on the nature of the research project, you will complete part of your studies abroad, either in the form of prolonged research stays/visits at international institutions or by completing some of your courses abroad.

Following further studies

PhD is the highest form of academic education offered, and signifies the conclusion of studies.


The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) welcomes applicants who have successfully completed their master's degree (120 ECTS) in Aquaculture or Marine Ecology or other related fields within biology, with a minimum average grade B (or its international accepted equivalence) or better. Potential candidates with master´s degree in other areas may be considered depending on the nature of the proposed research project.


In order to be admitted to the PhD programme applicants must be able to source financing for the entire period of the doctoral studies (3 years). Possible funding sources may be a PhD fellow position financed by the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, if available, and other external sources, e.g. from the home country. Private funding (e.g. ​own or family's financial resources)​​ does not normally​ qualify for admission to the PhD programme. Documented funding from research fellowship positions, scholarships or governmental/business bodies is required.

Particularly about PhD fellowship positions:

PhD research fellow positions at our faculty are generally fully funded for three years. These PhD positions are linked to a specific research project​. Successful applicants for this position will be offered employment to enter the PhD programme in Aquatic Biosciences. ​Available research fellow positions funded by the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture will be announced on the university's website.​​ Here you will find available positions

Please check the Regulations for the doctor of philosophy degree at Nord University, including the Supplementary guidelines for the PhD in Aquatic Biosciences for more detailed information on admission requirements for the PhD programme.