Nordic Master's Programme in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources
This Nordic master’s programme offers a deep and coherent integration of biological, environmental, social, legal, and spatial planning aspects of sustainable production and utilization of marine bio-resources collaboratively by four Nordic universities. As a student of the programme, you will develop knowledge and skills in marine food production systems and build networks and partnership opportunities with academic institutions, the industry, authorities and the seafood trade, and product and marketing institutions.
The Earth’s population is growing. One of the greatest challenges of our time is to find solutions for increased production of healthy food, while at the same time reducing our ecological footprint and protecting natural resources and ecosystems, and advancing rural development. Oceans and coastal waters—but also lakes and streams—provide amazing resources that must be managed sustainably. Knowledge of modern transdisciplinary methods to implement the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations conventions on ecosystems approach to aquaculture and responsible fisheries are essential for future ocean professionals.
The programme is collaboratively offered by four Nordic Universities: The University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Nord University, Bodø, Norway; Hólar University College, Iceland; and University of Akureyri, Iceland. We also collaborate with the University of New England in Maine, USA. Your mobility as student is facilitated and we combine the research and competences of the partner universities in order to educate a generation of broad-thinking professionals within the area of marine circular economy and utilization of marine bio-resources. Many employers within the area of production and utilization of marine bio-resources require international collaboration, therefore the mandatory mobility between the four Nordic universities and ample possibilities for other mobility is a valuable qualification for future employment.
Create a unique profile
In the beginning of the programme, you will meet researchers, teachers, and representatives from the industry and authorities. Our study counsellors, together with these professionals, will help you set up an individual study plan to support your unique course choices according to your interests and the course prerequisites. Individual study plans crossing over between natural sciences and social sciences are encouraged, but you are also welcome to focus in on either natural or the social sciences. At least 30 credits must be completed at a partner university other than the one you registered with, ensuring that you meet the mobility requirement (and benefit!) of the programme. Finally, there are altogether more than 70 courses offered as electives that you can choose from, with at least 15 offered by each university.
Preparing you for the future
Our programme targets inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to the interactions between aquaculture, fisheries, and production and utilization of marine bioresources. We address the entire value chain “from ocean to table” and have a clear focus on entrepreneurship. This will prepare you for a wide array of job opportunities—as a doctoral student or in industry—within the area of marine circular economy and blue growth. The four partner universities have extended networks with relevant stakeholders in the private sector, management authorities, and higher education worldwide, and as a student, you will be able to broaden your network within this area.
Programme structure and content
The programme begins with one mandatory course (15 credits) that is internet based in combination with sections where all students gather at three of the Nordic partner universities—one week at each—for intensive campus parts. For the remainder of the first year, you are free to choose between 70 courses offered by the partner universities as well as the University of New England.
At least 30 credits must be obtained at one of the Nordic universities within the programme other than the University of Gothenburg. The second year is dedicated to your individual degree project. The courses occur at various times in the academic year and there are at least 15 recommended courses from each University.
The 30 credits that need to be obtained from one of the partner universities, can be applied for during the semester before the planned mobility. At all four partner universities you can apply for the Erasmus+ exchange studies programme.