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Postgraduate course

Introduction to Aquaculture

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO203
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Main content

ECTS Credits


Level of Study

Bachelor (advanced) and master. Students in the master's programme in biology will be prioritised.

Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (studie.bio@uib.no). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Objectives and Content

The course includes the biology and rearing of salmonids, marine fish species, shellfish, crustaceans and algae, including the design and operation of fish farms and the control of environmental factors which are important for cultivation and production routines. Other important topics are fish health, environmental impact from fish farming, nutrition, feeds and feeding, genetics and international aquaculture. Compulsory assignments focus on key aspects of controlled biological production and reflect the main emphasis of the required reading list, while lab work and excursions give practical insight into challenges facing the industry.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the students should have a thorough understanding of biological challenges related to farming of salmonids, marine fish species, shellfish, crustaceans and algae, with emphasis on cold water species. Integrated in these skills, the students should have insight into key topics which are central for aquaculture and production planning, design and management of aquaculture farms, fish health, genetics and breeding, and international aquaculture. Through the writing of student papers, the students will demonstrate skills and knowledge about critical topics related to aquatic biological production.

Required Previous Knowledge

Compulsory courses in bachelor's in biology, or equivalent courses.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

MAR250 Introduction to Aquaculture (10 ECTS) overlaps 100% (discontonued course code which now is BIO203 Introduction to Aquaculture).

Access to the Course

In order to be admitted to the course, you must be admitted to a study programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Students in the master's programme in biology will be prioritised.

Teaching and learning methods


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Compulsory excursions.
  • Compulsory written assignments.

Approved compulsory activities are valid for 6 semesters, including the semester of completion.

Forms of Assessment

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Digital written exam in both spring and autumn semesters. In semesters with no teaching, the examination will take place at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The literature list will be available by June 1 for the autumn semester and December 1 for the spring semester, and you'll find it on course description website or on Mitt UiB.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.

Programme Committee

The Programme Board is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the course.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Department of Biological Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course.

Contact Information

Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie.bio@uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examinat

    24.02.2023, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam