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autumn 2020

FSK-3551 Mini Research Project (MRP) - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 11.05.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is available as a singular optional course within Marine and fisheries research.

Admission requirements

Admission to FSK-3551 requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in biology, economics, social sciences or a combinations of these, or equivalent qualification.

9371 - application code singular course.

Course content

In this course, students will independently develop a tangible or intangible research product, and communicate it in an accountable and reproducible manner. The research product will be a novel type of knowledge, good or service. The research project can take different forms, such as a systematic survey or a meta-analysis of scientific literature, conduction of experimental or observational investigations, development of a useful laboratory technique, experimental method, fishing gear or software, a market analysis, a legal analysis, a consultancy report, the analysis of the structure of a value chain or of the processes in an organization. The project fits both students with strong theoretical background and those who prefer a more practical approach to research. The communication medium will be the most useful for the research at hand and its target audience. The purpose of the project is to stimulate curiosity, own initiative, innovation spirit, utilization of the scientific method, establishment of professional networks, and the development of diverse communication skills, active learning and solution-focused thinking.

The deliverables will depend on the type of research, but should nevertheless comply with the requirements of novelty in content, reproducibility, accountability and good ethical practice. A traditional literature survey will typically require a detailed analysis of about 500 text pages and result in an essay of 25 written pages. Other research products may be presented using alternative materials, digital or video support. When the project has a strong practical or design component, the student submits the product and a 10 page project narrative, which is a detailed technical report. All students must perform a final public presentation of the project, normally a 15 minutes oral or visual presentation.

Objectives of the course


  • Designs and states a research project
  • Reviews previous scientific and technical literature, product specifications or user-experiences
  • Analyses the topic of research beyond the elementary level of textbooks
  • Develops work hypotheses and systematic tests
  • Demonstrates familiarity with one methodological framework
  • Argues critically for achieved results


  • Investigates, conceptualizes and generates relevant solutions for research or design problems.
  • Has a critical understanding of research, product or service design with reference to a problem and its relation to stakeholder expectation and user-experience.
  • Searches, locates and cites correctly recent information or patents from different sources
  • Expresses research results in an user-oriented communication form

General competences

  • Recognizes problems and searches for solutions
  • Manages a project throughout its life-cycle
  • Demonstrates capacity for collaborative and self-directed activity
  • Makes use of research or professional networks

The threshold performance at Master level requires a basic level of analytical skills and critical understanding, application of knowledge outside its original context and familiarity with communication and argumentation in a variety of forms.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods : Individual supervision.

The course requires that a scientific staff at the department is available, and has the competence in the required field. The adviser will submit the title and a summary proposal of the research for approval by the Norwegian College of Fishery Science. Under supervision, the student will develop a research plan, search information sources, develop and make the final product (e.g. installation) or write an essay.


Written examination- two alternatives:

  • A traditional literature survey require an essay of 25 written pages and an oral presentation.
  • Other research products with a strong practical or design component require 10 pages report and 15 minutes oral or visual presentation.

Grading scale: pass / fail.

A re-sit exam is not offered in this course.



Jorge Santos

Associate Professor (Fishery Biology)
Telefon: +4777644538 jorge.santos@uit.no

Kvanli, Anders

Telefon: +4777623137 anders.kvanli@uit.no