autumn 2020
SVF-3555 Marine Planning - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is an integrated part of the IFM programme, but can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9371

The course is an integrated part of the IFM program, but is also open for single course students with relevant background. Entrance requirements as for the M.Sc. program in International Fisheries Management.

Course content

The course focuses on marine planning and challenges related to this. Based on theories of marine planning, these challenges will be discussed, especially in relation to fisheries and aquaculture development and activities. The course will offer common practical tools used in marine spatial planning and fisheries management plans.

Objectives of the course

Upon successful completion of the course, the candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and general competencies:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Advanced understanding of theories, methods and concepts used in marine planning.
  • Deep understanding of and ability to address challenges in marine planning; especially those related to fisheries and aquaculture developments.


  • Be able to apply knowledge gained to address practical issues related to marine planning.
  • Be able to reflect over and discuss existing and innovative theories, methods and solutions utilized in marine planning, in particular addressing fisheries and aquaculture industry development in relation to marine planning.
  • Be able to collaborate, communicate and critically reflect over present and future challenges in marine planning.

General competency:

  • Analyse relevant scientific issue within the subject field.  
  • Use acquired knowledge and skills in new areas to carry out advanced work tasks and projects
  • Disseminate independent work and master the professional terminology in the subject area. 
  • Communication regarding academic issues, analysis and conclusions within the subject area, with specialists and the public.

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, presentations, case studies and written assignment.


One-week home exam. The grading scale is A-F, where F is fail.

Coursework requirements:

  • Four assignments (written or oral)
  • Participation in a workshop dealing with marine planning

All work requirements must be fulfilled before you can sit for the final exam.

re-sit exam will be arranged in the next semester.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: SVF-3555