spring 2019
BIO-3011 Advances in Aquaculture - 15 ECTS

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Master course for biology students and for students at the program Fiskeri- og havbruk - retning Havbruk. The course is available as a singular course.  

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course. Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS. Prerequisites: BIO-2506 Introduction to fish biologi and BIO-2508 Aquaculture I or equivalent

Course content

The course is an advanced course in aquaculture covering topics such as fish genetics, fish disease and interactions between farmed and wild stocks. Focus is on relevant biotechnological developments and the sustainability of aquaculture practices in Norway. Commercial applications and ecological issues pertinent to fish biotechnologies and feed management are discussed. The course is organized into theoretical and practical modules. The practical part is both field- and lab-based, and involves the delivery of activity reports.

Objectives of the course

On completion of the course, students will be able to:


  • Have thorough knowledge about the principles of fish breeding with a focus on the interaction between genetics, nutrition and health.
  • Learn the role of gut microbiota and its importance in promoting fish health and welfare in a nutritional context.
  • Develop an understanding of the biological basis (molecular, cellular, physiological) controlling the reproduction, growth and condition of aquaculture species common to the Norwegian aquaculture industry.
  • Have understanding of the challenges facing modern aquaculture industry with reference to environmental issues and interactions between farmed and wild fish stocks; transfer of diseases and parasites, the impact of escaped fish, and the threats and benefits of GM fish.
  • Have knowledge of the general requirements needed for developing sustainable aquaculture practices.


  • Appraise the general theory, methods and techniques behind modern aquaculture practices.
  • Knowing the principles of feed composition and management with focus on Atlantic salmon aquaculture.
  • Have gained sufficient understanding of the interactions between open-ocean aquaculture and the environment to be able to point out main ecological impacts and possible mitigation measures.
  • Obtain practical experience (hands-on) in techniques of artificial fertilization, chromosome manipulation, functional physiology and molecular biology.

General competences:

  • Develop critical evaluation of scientific literature and ability to compare, discuss and summarize experimental work for communication to a specialist or general audience.
  • Produce a formal oral presentation of research results from selected literature.  
  • Write own scientific reports based upon the results of laboratory experiments and exercises.

Organize work independently and develop basic teamwork skills.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and field/laboratory activities


4 hour written exam (80%). Laboratory reports (20%). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

Coursework requirements: students presentation during the seminars. In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for any coursework requirements.

Students require to attain a pass grade (A to E) in the laboratory report in order to be able to take the ordinary or re-sit written examination. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination. The re-sit examination is a written exam only.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Pensumliste for BIO-3011 V2019

Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus and reading list will be announced prior to course start.

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 15
  • Course code: BIO-3011
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