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Fisheries Biology and Management

University of Bergen

24 months
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About

The aim of the Fisheries Biology and Management degree offered by University of Bergen 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.

Overview

Key facts

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 Fisheries Biology and Management degree offered by University of Bergen 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Knowledge

  • 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

Skills

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

General competences

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological Data Analysis and Research Design
  • Ocean Science
  • Biostatistics
  • Fish capture and capture based stock monitoring
  • Ecosystem and fisheries assessment models
  • Stock Monitoring and Responsible Harvesting

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor degree in Biology
  • Bachelor degree in Sustainable Aquaculture
  • Bachelor degree in Environment and Resources (Natural Sciences specialisation, Biology track)
  • 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)
    • Average grade of minimum C

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      Free
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      Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      Free
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      Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.

    The semester fee is NOK 590 

    Living costs for Bergen

    10362 - 16828 NOK /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

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