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Marine Biotechnology - master


Duration:2 År
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in Marine Biotechnology.
Admission requirements:For details regarding required relevant background see Admission requirements (scroll down to the menu).
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 april, EU/EEA and Swiss applicants: 1 March, Non-EU/EEA applicants: 15 November
Application code:Nordic applicants: 6008
EU/EEA and Swiss applicants: 7125
Non-EU/EEA applicants: 2039

Programme description

Objectives, content and organization
The purpose is to educate candidates in modern biotechnological expertise, with particular empasis on use of marine resources, bioactive compounds, gene products and marine rest raw materials. You will qualify for careers in fields such as marine value creation, innovation and research.

A good marine biotechnologist must have a broad base of knowledge and skills in basic molecular biology, chemistry and techniques and processes that use marine micro-organisms, plant and animal cells, or parts of these, to manufacture, develop or modify commercially useful products. On successful completion of the programme, the degree of MSc in Marine Biotechnology is awarded.

In preparation for your study we encourage you to do the following:

iKomp - information literacy: The course is an online course that aims to make you better equipped to deal with the demands and expectations you are met with at universities and colleges when it comes to learning and academic integrity. Check the website: iKomp.

There will be a mandatory introductory part with themes like:

The program contains two parts: The first part is obligatory courses during the first semester and an approved selection of courses of at least 60 credits (ECTS) in total. The second part is a written thesis of a project (Master thesis). The extent of the assignment should correspond to a workload of 60 ECTS.

HMS-0501 (web-module), HMS-0502 (first aid, practical course), HMS-0504 (web-module), the compulsory safety course for laboratory work, must be taken by all students who carry out lab work. The compulsory parts of this multi-module course are taken online. The first aid part requires physical attendance. Students must fulfill the compulsory online modules as soon as the semester starts to have access to the laboratory wings. There are no credits for these courses.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) BIO-3610 Industrial Biotechnology - 10 stp. HMS-0501 Sikkerhet på laboratoriet, verksted, felt og tokt - 0 stp. HMS-0502 Førstehjelp lab, verksted, felt og tokt - 0 stp. HMS-0503 UiTs regelverk for feltarbeid og tokt - 0 stp. HMS-0504 Biologisk materiale - 0 stp. BIO-3612 Marine bioprospecting and bioactive compounds - 10 stp. BIO-3615 Quantitative Microbial Biotechnology I - 10 stp.
2. sem. (spring) BIO-3901 Master's Thesis in Marine Biotechnology - 60 stp.
3. sem. (autumn)
4. sem. (spring)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the program, a successful candidate is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge gained:


General competence:

Teaching and assessment

The study programme uses a variety of teaching methods, depending on the courses/subjects and may include: lectures, seminars, laboratory work, working in teams, fieldwork and industrial visits - or preferably a combination.

For some of the subjects, specific work requirements may have to be met prior to exam entry. There may be compulsory requirements to submit reports and assignments and attend teaching seminars.

Some courses in the study programme are marked on a pass/fail basis, while for others the graded scale of marks from A to E (passed) and F (failed) may be used. The individual course description specifies the marking system used. Individual tutoring is provided for the master's thesis by the department's scientific staff.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is in English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Exchange possibilities

For the students on the program, there will be opportunities for foreign stays in the second semester. A stay abroad can give you professional, linguistic and cultural experiences that give you valuable additional skills - and memories for life!

In recent years, students on the Master's program in biotechnology have been exchanging to Copenhagen (Denmark), Uppsala (Sweden) and Aberdeen (Scotland). There are many types of exchange agreements at UiT, some apply to specific programs, while others are general agreements that apply to the entire UiT. Contact the study counselor on the program for status of active and operational exchange agreements before applying for an exchange. Most agreements will require some dedication from the student before everything is in place. The students who have been abroad come back with experiences and experiences they would not have been without.

Job prospectives

The job opportunities are many and varied for graduates in Marine Biotechnology. With skills and qualifications in marine biotechnology, you may work locally, nationally and internationally. The Norwegian Government's High North strategy highlights marine biotechnology as one of the most important disciplines for the future of the economy. The field is growing rapidly and highly qualified candidates are in demand.

Your Master's degree has equipped you with sound expertise in biotechnology, which will provide you with opportunities in biotechnological industries, in fields such as production of seafood and other foodstuffs, and laboratory-based specialisations.

With an MSc in Marine Biotechnology you can also become a product developer, principal engineer, researcher, company manager, entrepreneur or public administrator. The course qualifies students for management-level jobs in the expanding and innovative commercial biotechnology sector.

Our graduated students work as PhD's at the University, teachers, in hospital laboratories, and in different companies like: Colifast, Pharmaq, Mowi, Nofima, Ayanda, GenØk, Nordic Pharma Inc, Akvaplan-Niva, TosLab and ArcticZymes.

Access to further studies

Given satisfactory grades at bachelor and master's level, the MSc degree will qualify students for admission to PhD studies. With a master’s degree in Marine biotechnology you will qualify to apply for vacant PhD-positions if you finish your masters with an average grade of C or better in the Norwegian grading system.