International Fisheries Management - master



This programme caters for students with various scientific backgrounds and nationalities. It is a unique, interdisciplinary Master's programme which opens careers in the private and public sector, as well as further academic studies.



Duration:2 Years
Location: Tromsø
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in International Fisheries Management.
Admission requirements:Bachelor's degree in biology, economics or social sciences, or combinations of these + documented knowledge of English and application essay.
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April. International applicants: 1 December.
Application code:Nordic applicants: 6005. International applicants: 2032.

IFM program folder 2017

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The Master's degree programme in International Fisheries Management (IFM) applies a multidisciplinary approach to the management of marine and freshwater resources, including aquaculture.

The programme emphasizes knowledge of scientific theory and methods, and will offer students experience in the use of these. By facilitating reflection and using case studies from various parts of the world, the programme will develop the students understanding of how fisheries and aquaculture are managed. Students will carry out nine courses over a period of 1.5 years (total of 90 ECTS), before writing the Master's Thesis (30 ECTS).

Two out of the nine courses are optional, with certain courses recommended, depending on previous qualifications. A typical thesis is problem-oriented and includes: a literature survey or review, theory, methods and data used, results and policy and management implications. Students may use data from their country of origin, data from a Norwegian setting or other relevant data, all dependent on approval from the designated supervisor. Each student will receive a local supervisor and if needed, an external one.

The courses are designed to offer a basic understanding of fisheries biology, technology, economics and management. Through the course FSK-3005 the various subjects are bound together, offering a multidisciplinary view on a number of selected fisheries and aquaculture cases.

For each programme at UiT - The Artic University of Norway there are a set targets for knowledge, analytical understanding, skills and competence that a student should have reached by the end of the studies.

A graduate from the IFM program should:

  • have thorough knowledge of how fisheries develop and function as biological, economic and social processes including a proper knowledge about the world's fisheries and accompanying management systems
  • have a profound understanding of how fisheries management may be used to meet given political objectives related to the use of aquatic resources and, moreover, have good knowledge of the biological, economic and social properties and consequences of employing different management measures
  • have an understanding of how aquaculture competes and cooperates with traditional fisheries
  • be able to make use of scientific theories and methods related to fisheries management issues and be qualified for carrying out fisheries management tasks or continued studies towards an academic career
  • have good knowledge of research ethics and be able to identify good scientific performance
  • be an interested, critical, analytical and well-informed professional in the field of fisheries and aquaculture


Admission to the Master's programme in International Fisheries Management requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in biology, economics, social sciences, combinations of these, or equivalent qualification. Applicants must enclose an application essay written in English (one page). This should include descriptions of their motivation, interest and expectations related to their Master's degree studies and ideas for their Master`s thesis project.

 Important information on admission and grade requirements

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15.

Applicants from outside the EU countries:

  • The application deadline is December 1.
  • Online application, study code 2032.

Teaching and assessment methods are described in the course plan for each course.
This Master's degree is an intensive programme. Most courses are compulsory and demand active participation from the students. Emphasis is placed on direct student participation, in the form of literature search and data retrieval, oral presentations, term papers, fieldwork, laboratory assignments and computer labs. The examination form varies between courses and includes: written examinations, term papers, presentations and laboratory reports. The final examination is based on the Master's thesis and an oral examination. All final exams will have one internal and one external examiner.

The grading scale is A-F, where A-E is pass, and F is fail.

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Successful completion of the programme allows students to graduate after two years. The degree opens the doors to a variety of national and international positions in fisheries and aquaculture administration, NGOs, international agencies, business and industry, as well as in research and teaching institutions.

On successful completion of the degree programme, the best ranked students may be qualified for admission to a PhD program in a number of academic institutions. It should nevertheless be stressed that the IFM-study is primarily a management oriented program, aiming at providing more qualified fisheries and aquaculture managers around the world.

While courses in the IFM study programme are open for incoming exchange students, we normally do not recommend that students take elective courses other than those offered at UiT.


Kvanli, Anders

Student adviser
Phone: +4777623137

Harald Sakarias Brøvig Hansen - graduated from the IFM-program in 2015.
What has the Northeast Atlantic cod stock to do with his participating in the NRK TV reality program "Skårungen"?

Why did you apply for the International Fisheries Management program?

I was interested in global fisheries from an interdisciplinary approach and knew that the Norwegian College of Fishery Science is among the best places in the world to study fisheries.

What is your opinion about the program?

The degree gave me a good overview of different elements of international fisheries including valuable experience from research cruises. I like the combination of fishery, marine ecology, resource economicts and social science. However, to optimize my outcome of the program demanded a lot of effort, as it covers so many topics. A bonus is that studying together with students from all over the world gave me valuable training in English and prepared me to work in an international environment.

Do you have a job within the field today?

I am a doctoral research fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute right outside Oslo. My research centers around management of marine resources that change their distribution and implications for international fisheries management.

How relevant is your degree in fisheries management for your job today?

Having a broad understanding of fisheries which goes beyond what a single biologist, political scientist or lawyer can understand is useful for me when I approach questions of international fisheries management in my research. My master thesis lead me to the job I have today. However, while what we learned at IFM is very useful, it is important to note that there is a limited amount of jobs and that employers not always understand the value of being interdisciplinary.

What was your experiences with taking part in the TV series "Skårungen" last year?

The Northeast Atlantic cod stock is the worlds largest cod stock and among Norways most valuable resources. This is what makes the Lofoten fishery so fantastic and I always dreamt about taking part in this outstanding winter fishery. Getting the chance to spend weeks there together with NRK was a dream come true, with the great bonus of educating the Norwegian population about the importance of fisheries to our nation.

A "skårunge" is traditionally a first-time boy (or girl) on fishing.

To the TV-serie (only in Norwegian)


Link to application forms og guidelines for field work support.

NAME: Carlos Fernando López Zurita
FROM: Spain
Second year master’s student, IFM

The big difference between my prior studies and the IFM is that here you are expected to take more responsibility for your own learning. You need to work regularly throughout the semester and demonstrate independent thinking. I believe this is a valuable lesson that applies not only to your master’s studies but also to prospective work in fisheries management.

Tromsø is actually not so different from my home city, Granada. In Tromsø, you can always have a good time alongside your studies, whether you want to get involved in sports, enjoy the city’s vibrant social scene, go hiking in the mountains, or even try out cross-country skiing. The trails and slopes are often only minutes away from your doorstep.