Marine Coastal Development

– Programme components

For more information about the course outline and the subjects:

take a look at the Study-plan


The programme offers these specializations:


Students will get knowledge of both national and international aquaculture, with a focus on biological and engineering aspects of marine hatcheries, cage farming systems and aquaculture recycling systems. The study will give an introduction to the biological foundation of aquaculture and the technological premises for a sustainable, rational and safe production. Some important issues are marine juvenile technology, design and management of sea farms, sea based aquaculture, recycling technology, aquaculture cybernetics, environmental analysis, environmental impacts, and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. A main emphasis will be to give students a holistic understanding of the development of the industrial marine aquaculture for tomorrow's challenges and demands of the market.

The study specialization Aquaculture offers the following academic profiles:

  • Marine Aquaculture Systems
  • Marine Juvenile Technology
  • Environmental Engineering and Analysis



The students will get knowledge in processing technologies of marine resources, design of fishing vessels and fishing gear, and analysis of catching capacities of fishing fleets in light of the current technologies. This includes knowledge about the framework conditions and environmental challenges for commercial fisheries in a value chain perspective.

The study specialization Fisheries and Marine Resources offers the following academic profiles:

  • Processing of Marine Resources
  • Sustainable Marine Harvesting

Ecosystem - Biology, ecology and biogeochemistry - Industrial biotechnology

This study will give the students a broad understanding of the common methodology in marine ecology and biochemistry, plankton and nekton ecology and biodiversity, the interactions of physical forcing and organisms in the world's oceans, and marine biochemistry and biotechnology. There will be a main focus on the local marine environment and resources, but the effects of the worlds oceans on food production and global climate will also be important areas. The students will learn about and use the latest methods within marine ecology, biodiversity, bio-prospecting, fisheries biology, biochemistry, biological oceanography and monitoring technologies.

The study specialization Marine Biology and Biochemistry offers the following academic profiles:

  • Ecosystem - Biology, ecology and biogeochemistry
  • Industrial biotechnology

Practical information


Special information for a Master's student specializing in Biology:

  • "How to do science" - this is a compulsory introductory course in week 34
  • We recommend that you take BI3052 Study Design (start week 37)
  • Excursions: Students attending MSENVITOX 3 days field in week 35
  • Excursions: Students attending MSMACODEV 3 days field in week 35
  • Course outline of MSc programme

Credit system

The credit system used by NTNU, is based on a workload of 60 credits for each academic year. This corresponds to The European Credit Transfer System credits (ECTS). The ECTS system facilitates student mobility and international curriculum development, and is a system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a study programme.
» NTNU's Grading and Credit System.