spring 2020
FSK-3005 Fisheries research and management - 10 ECTS

Last changed 21.09.2020

Application deadline

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

Type of course

This subject is an obligatory course of  the Master's programme in International Fisheries Management.

The course can also be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9371

Entrance requirements as for the M.Sc. programme in International Fisheries Management.

Course content

The course is based on three modules: one giving basic introduction to various scientific approaches to the study of fisheries and aquaculture, the second dealing with how to write a master thesis (research questions, methods, technical set-up, etc.) and the last demonstrating through the use of case studies, how a particular fishery or aquaculture operation can be analyzed and presented. The case studies will alternate over the years,  with a presentation of biological, economic and administrative aspects.

Objectives of the course

Students who successfully complete the course should:

  • Understand various scientific approaches to the study of fisheries and aquaculture
  • Learn and be able to demonstrate how to write scientific
  • Have knowledge on how various fisheries are managed
  • Be able to evaluate and choose various management measures adapted to different types of fisheries and aquaculture operations
  • Have a general competence regarding the use of various fisheries and aquaculture management measures

Relevance in study program: This course constitutes a compulsory part of the Master's degree in International Fisheries Management. The objective of the course is to make the students familiar with the multidisciplinary approach to fisheries management through case studies, representing a variety of problems and challenges.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Teaching methods

Lectures and case studies, seminars with obligatory presentations by the students. The presentation includes a critical assessment of previous master thesis and the production of a poster related to a specific fishery of the students own choice.


One week home exam with focus on a particular fishery or management problem.

The grading scale is A-F, where A-E is passed, and F is failed.

Coursework requirements: 

The production of a poster on a selected fishery organized as group work (2-3 students per case). The poster and the critical assessment of previous master thesis have to be produced before entering the final exam.

A re-sit exam will be arranged in the next semester.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FSK-3005