Study plan for MAMN-BIOFIFO Fisheries Biology and Management, fall 2019
Master of Science in Biology - Fisheries Biology and Management
Two years of full-time study, where the normal workload for a full-time student is 60 credits for one academic year.
The aim of the specialization is to give post graduate students a comprehensive insight into the discipline fisheries biology with emphasis on how to conserve living aquatic resources while securing a sustainable yield. This includes a solid understanding of the internal and external drivers that determine fish dynamics. When completing the students will have a good knowledge of the behaviour, development, life history and ecology of fishes, in addition to oceanography and marine ecosystems. They will further have a basic understanding of the population structure of fish stocks, the function, use and selective properties of fishing gear, methods for surveillance, as well as exploitation strategies of fish populations from selected ecosystems. The students will also have basic knowledge of how ecological factors in combination with the fishing pressure influence the development of fish stocks. Principles of fisheries management and conservation are introduced as well as the application of simple population dynamic models. The students will also get practical experience from work in fisheries biology and monitoring of fish stocks in the laboratory, in the field on a research vessel. The master's programme includes training in conducting an independent scientific study. The thesis will be based on data collected in the laboratory or in the field, or based on time series. The thesis could also be based on extended literature review.
The goal of the programme is to provide the student insight and overview of the field of fisheries biology, with emphasis on how harvesting as well as biotic and abiotic factors affects living resources in the ocean.
- Basic knowledge of biology, life history, evolution and ecology of fishes, as well as knowledge of oceanography and marine ecosystems.
- A basic understanding of population structure in fish populations, function and selection patterns of fishing gear, harvesting strategies of fish populations from selected ecosystems, and simple population dynamic models
- Knowledge of how ecological factors in combination with fisheries affect development of fish populations
After completing the programme the candidate has acquired:
- Practical experience from laboratory work within fisheries biology, in the field and on research vessels
- Experience in conducting a research study based on a material collected in the laboratory or field, or based on time series of biological data
- Skills in oral and written presentation of results from biological research in popular scientific and academic context
- Ability to measure size of fish and determine age and maturity status
- Retrieve, analyze and apply new knowledge within the special topic
- Analyze, interpret and discuss their own data in a scientific and critical manner, in light of data and theories within their field of study
- Be able to design an experiment or field study that may help to answer research questions.
- Handle and present quantitative data, discuss precision and accuracy, and use the most fundamental statistical principles
After the master's programme, the candidate should be able to
- Work in accordance with scientific principles and have an understanding and respect for transparency, accuracy, accountability and the importance of distinguishing between facts and opinions.
- Analyze the general biological scientific issues and participate in the discussion of approaches and ways of solving the issue.
- Work with demanding tasks and at the same time meeting deadlines
- Discuss the subject in public debate.
- Work independently and as part of a team
In order to qualify for admission to the Master's Programme in Biology, you must fulfill the following criteria:
1) hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field
2) document university courses covering the following:
- 80 ECTS in Biology, which must cover the following fields: Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Evolution and Ecology
- 20 ECTS in Chemistry, whereof 10 ECTS must include lab work
- 10 ECTS in Statistics
- 10 ECTS in Mathematics (excluded in GPA calculation)
3) have obtained a minimum average grade equivalent to ECTS grade C / US grade B for the above-mentioned courses (excluded:10 ECTS in Mathematics)
Use this GPA calculator to check if your average grade compares to a US grade B.
4) document proficiency in the English language, read how here
The main intake is in the autumn. A supplementary intake in the spring is available (only for Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway) if not all spots have been filled.
Number of international applicants (EU/EEA/EFTA and non-EU/EEA/EFTA) residing abroad admitted to each specialisation, per intake: max. 2 students.
Follow the guidelines on how to apply depending on which applicant group you belong to:
- Citizens from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA. Application deadline: 1 December.
- Citizens in the EU/EEA/EFTA. Application deadline: 1 March.
- Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway. Application deadline: 15 April (Autumn intake), 1 November (Spring intake).
The Master's Project is 60 ECTS.
The recommended sequence of the courses in the programme can be found under the heading Compulsory units.
The Master's thesis is an independent scientific work, under supervision of an academic supervisor. A combination of teaching methods is used in the various courses, mainly lectures, seminars, hands-on laboratory practice, and workshops. You will find more information in the individual course descriptions.
The final step in the programme is an oral examination. The examination is held when the master's thesis has been submitted, evaluated and approved. The most common assessment methods in courses are written and oral exams, individual and group presentations, and various forms of term projects. The assessment methods for each course are described in its course description.
At UiB the grades are given in one of two possible grading scales: passed/failed and A to F.
The master's thesis will be graded A to F.
The grading scale for each course is given in the course description.
The Diploma, in Norwegian, and the Diploma Supplement, in English, will be issued when the degree is completed.
The Masters Programme provides a solid preparation for Ph.D studies in Aquaculture and related disciplines. To be eligible for admission to the Doctoral education (PhD) at UiB the average grade for the master's thesis, the Master's degree and the bachelor's degree should be at least C.
In order to get enrolled you have to be granted a fellowship for doctoral training.
The programme will provide a solid basis for work in public management and administration, business and education (if one has educational training as well), as well as for further doctoral study within fisheries biology and in related disciplines; with opportunities for research positions at universities, colleges and research institutes such as the Institute of Marine Research.
The programme will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
The programme committee is responsible for the academic content, the structure and the quality of the programme.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Department of Biological Sciences, holds the administrative responsibility for the programme.
Please contact the study adviser for the program if you have any questions:
Phone: + 47 55 58 44 00