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Nordic Master's Programme in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources

Master's programme | 120 credits | Sustainability focused
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1 Apply Deadline 2020-01-15 GU-61097 2 Opens 16 March GU-11096
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the 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. Are you up for the challenge?

The oceans and coastal waters, but also lakes and streams, provide amazing resources that must be managed and taken care of in a sustainable way. The Nordic Master Program in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bio-resources, offer a deep and coherent integration of biological, environmental, social, legal, and spatial planning aspects of sustainable blue growth. The programme is collaboratively offered by four Nordic Universities: University of Gothenburg, NORD University in Bodø, Holar University College, and University of Akureyri. The universities also collaborates with a leading American marine university, University of New England in Maine, USA.

The education aims at developing your knowledge and skills in sustainable production and utilization of marine resources from the oceans. The programme target inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to aquaculture and fisheries as well as their interactions, in a local to global context. It constitutes the entire value chain "From Ocean to Table" and has a clear focus on entrepreneurship.

Program description

The programme will start with one mandatory course of 15 credits, jointly taught by the four Nordic universities. This mandatory introductory course will include three sections where all students gather at three of the Nordic partner universities, one week at each, for an intensive campus course. Thereafter you are free to choose between 70 courses (5-30 credits) offered by the Nordic partner universities as well as by the University of New England, for the rest of the first year. At least 30 credits must be obtained at one of the Nordic universities within the programme, other than the University of Gothenburg.

During your second year, you will do your individual research-based degree project. Joint seminar series and shared activities will be offered throughout the program to create group cohesion.

Recommended courses

As the program is interdisciplinary in its character, individual study plans crossing over between natural sciences and social sciences will be encouraged. However, you are also free to choose course profiles focusing mainly on the natural or the social sciences. During the mandatory course, you will meet with researchers, teachers and representatives from the industry and authorities, these professionals as well as our study counsellors will help you set up an individual study plan to support your unique course choices in line with you interests and the courses prerequisites.

Courses offered within the programme:

Areas of employment

This programme will prepare you for a wide array of job opportunities, within the industry, at authorities or as a PhD student, within the area of circular bio-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.

Many employers within the area of production and utilization of marine bio-resources require international collaboration, therefor the mandatory mobility between the four Nordic Universities as well as ample possibilities for other mobility is a valuable qualification for future employments.

You will also obtain the knowledge of modern transdisciplinary methods to implement the conventions on responsible fisheries and the ecosystems approach to aquaculture of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), which are essential for future ocean professionals.


There is one mandatory course (15 credits) needed for the degree and 60 credits should be in the form of a degree project at the advanced level. Of the remaining 45 credits of elective courses to be included in the degree, at most 30 credits can be at the Bachelor´s level. The programme leads to a Degree of Master of Science with a major in Sustainable Production and Utilisation of Marine Bio-Resources.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Bachelor's degree (180 credits) in natural science, social science and arts. English B/English 6 or equivalent. Students with equivalent education may, after supplementary examination, be admitted to the program. Admission to the masters's programme will be possible through any of the four partner Universities offering this Nordic Master programme in Sustainable production and utilisation of marine bioresources.

Selection: The selection process is based on a personal letter motivating the admission that should be attached to the application.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 238 000 SEK
First payment: 59 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Linnéa Wallgren
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031 - 786 2527
Medicinaregatan 18

Peter Gulz
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031 - 786 2524
Medicinaregatan 18 A

Karin Karlson
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031 - 786 2705
Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B

Marie Lenngren
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Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B


Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
Box 463
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 18

Programme that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the programme's main focus

Programme that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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