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Aquatic Science and Technology 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
15000 EUR/year
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With an MSc in Aquatic Science and Technology from Technical University of Denmark (DTU), you can contribute to sustainable harvest and production of fish and shell-fish, assessment and management of human impact and environmental change as well as cutting-edge research on aquatic ecosystems, traits of their inhabitants, and their impact on global climate.

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Two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, and the seas, lakes, and streams have a crucial role to play in regulating our planet’s biogeography and climate—and in maintaining biodiversity. Moreover, a large part of the global population is dependent on fisheries and aquaculture as a source of food or income, and ‘blue growth’ features high on the EU’s political agenda.

We are facing major global challenges in relation to the environment and food supply. It is becoming increasingly important to utilize marine and freshwater ecosystems more sustainably, and to develop the necessary technology for sustainable production of fish and shellfish. It is also necessary to assess and reduce the environmental impact from other human activities, for instance maritime transport and off-shore energy production.

Maintaining a healthy aquatic environment is a pre-requisite for all life on our planet, and society will need professionals who are able to combine research and technology, to safeguard the aquatic ecosystems and resources.

Study programme focus

The MSc programme in Aquatic Science and Technology from Technical University of Denmark (DTU) focuses on aquaculture, fisheries, oceanography, and the management of aquatic resources. The study programme addresses the challenges associated with sustainable fisheries and aquaculture as well as maintenance of healthy ecosystems under changing environment.

Our approach is to combine interdisciplinary knowledge on the functioning of aquatic ecosystems and living resources with quantitative mathematical and statistical skills and technological problem-solving tools. This will give you the competences to help solving the global challenges of aquatic environment and food production.

The MSc programme in Aquatic Science and Technology focuses on:

  • biological, chemical, and physical processes affecting life in aquatic ecosystems at all levels—from plankton to fish stocks;
  • assessment of human impact on aquatic ecosystems;
  • sustainable exploitation and management of fish stocks and other aquatic resources;
  • technological solutions for sustainable fish and shellfish farming;
  • marine biological modelling;
  • modern methods for monitoring of aquatic environment and resources.

The teaching is interdisciplinary and provides possibilities for laboratory and field work.


The MSc programme in Aquatic Science and Technology allows you to specialize in one of three study lines:

  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries
  • Oceanography


The MSc programme in Aquatic Science and Technology will provide you with interdisciplinary competencies for working with living aquatic resources, sustainable production of fish and shell-fish and environmental challenges in both marine and freshwater environments.

These qualifications are in high demand among companies and organizations involved in research, development, production, consultancy, and management of aquatic resources and the environment.

Career opportunities

With an MSc in Aquatic Science and Technology, you can pursue a career with:

  • consultancy and engineering companies, such as COWI, DHI and Orbicon;
  • international organizations, such as ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea);
  • national authorities, e.g. the Danish AgriFish Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency, or municipalities;
  • companies, industry and interest organisations involved in aquaculture (e.g. AquaPri or AquaGroup), fisheries (e.g. the Danish Fishermen’s Association) or off-shore energy (e.g. DONG);
  • universities and other research institutions

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Marine and Freshwater Ecology
  • Mathematical Models in Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Management
  • Applied Statistics and Statistical Software
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Management
  • Mathematical Models in Ecology
  • Applied Marine and Freshwater Ecology
  • Design of Survey and Monitoring Systems
  • Recirculating Aquaculture Systems
  • Fish capture technology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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

To be admitted to a Master's degree program at DTU you must be either:

  • bachelor's degree in technical science or
  • diploma engineer or
  • bachelor in science.

The bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Aquatic Science and Technology
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)


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