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FSK-3005 Fisheries research and management - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

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.

Course contents

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.

Application deadline

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

Admission requirements

Application code: 9371

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

Objective of the course

Students who successfully complete the course should:

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.

Date for examination

Take-home assignment hand out date 20.05.2019 hand in date 27.05.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Recommended reading/syllabus

This course will offer a brief introduction to various scientific approaches and give the students the necessary tools to write a scientific paper and the master thesis. Furthermore this course will deal with three different fisheries, offering lectures in biology, economics and social science (fisheries administration).

Different approaches to fisheries and aquaculture science:

Research methods and technical presentation: Blaikie, N.: Designing Social Research. Polity Press. Selected chapters. The idea is to present a wide variety of management situations, where students should be familiar with different settings, different challenges and different management solutions. This year we have decided to use the following cases:

Case 1 Norway:

Case 2 South Africa:

Case 3 Chile:

General reading:

Lectures Spring 2019
More info will come; see schedule
Forelesning prof. Torstein Pedersen
f.aman. Bjørn-Petter Finstad
Seminar f.aman. Bjørn-Petter Finstad
forsker Charlotte Teresa Weber