International Fisheries Management

UIT the Arctic University of Norway

24 months
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An international study for the future! The Master in International Fisheries Management at UIT the Arctic University of Norway 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.


The Master in International Fisheries Management at UIT the Arctic University of Norway 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.

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Fishery biology and harvest technology
  • Resource economics and project evaluation methods
  • A social science perspective on fisheries management and development
  • Fisheries economics
  • Fisheries research and management
  • Coastal planning and governance
  • Model theory and data processing methods
  • Master's Thesis in International Fisheries Management
  • Market-oriented product development and innovation
  • International law and Food Security
  • Aquaculture
  • Internationalisation and negotiations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, economics or social sciences, or combinations of these + documented knowledge of English and application essay.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • semester fee of NOK 625 (57 EUR) 


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