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BIO-3901 Master's Thesis in Marine Biotechnology - 60 stp

The course is administrated by

Norges fiskerihøgskole

Type of course

Only students on the Master's degree program in biotechnology are eligible for this course. It is not available to any other category of students as a singular or elective course.

Course contents

The master thesis is the main part of the master study in marine biotechnology. Skills will be developed through independent scientific work and production of a written thesis under the guidance by one or several supervisors. The work should be research related and the thesis should have elements of new basic knowledge or methods. The thesis can be based on literature study, data from field work or laboratory research or a combination of these.

The thesis is written within one of the following disciplines, linked to use of sustainable marine arctic resources for different innovative purposes:

Admission requirements

Only students on the Master's degree program in biotechnology are eligible for this course. It is not available to any other category of students as a singular or elective course. 

Students who are admitted to the master's in biotechnology normally select a project during the first semester, and no later than one month before the end of the second semester. There will be arranged meetings/seminars to give overview of available master projects and themes during the first semester.

Objective of the course

A Master's candidate is expected to have advanced and comprehensive knowledge of biotechnological methodology, theories, concepts and scientific approaches. The candidates who complete the programme are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined by general proficiency, knowledge and skills


Skills. Students will have the ability to

General proficiency

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Individual guidance and supervision according to agreement and of two semesters duration. Maximum workload for the supervisor is 80 hours, you will receive supervision within these limits.

The theme for the thesis will be chosen in consultation with the supervisor and requires the approval of NFH in the form if submitted guidance contract with an attached project description. The general work effort in a master`s project (60 ECTS) is 1500-1800 hours. The work can be started in 2 or 3 semesters of the master's degree. The Master's thesis must be written in English.

Contract of supervision and approvals

All students will fill out a supervision contract in consultations with their supervisor.  This contract should be signed by the student, the supervisor(s) and the head of the Department. The contract along with a project description, has to be approved by the Department.

Dead line for handing in the contract is the semester before you start on the thesis;

1. June for students admitted in autumn.

15. December for students admitted in spring.

The front page of the thesis should be approved by the student advisor before submissions. Look at earlier approved front pages of master thesis in Munin. The master thesis should be printed in 12 copies, if not otherwise stated. Color pages must be specified in an own field upon submissions to Munin to print in color. 


The exam is comprised of a submission of the master's thesis within a given deadline, a (public) presentation of the scientific work and an oral exam.The master's thesis and all courses included in the master's degree must be passed before the oral presentation and examination can take place. The deadline for submission is 15 May in the spring semester and 15 November in the autumn semester. Grading scale: Letter grades A-F. F is fail. The Examination Commission consists of at least one external examiner and one internal examiner. After the master's thesis is submitted and approved, there will be a presentation and an oral master's examination. The examination consists of a presentation of minimum 30 minutes where the student provides an overview of the project. The presentation can be public. Then follows an oral examination with only the Examination Commission.The master's thesis must be submitted in PDF format, the submission is done electronically in Munin by 15:00 (3:00 p.m.). Re-submission of the thesis: Only if a master's thesis project is graded "F" (fail), may the thesis be resubmitted in revised form. A new deadline for submission will be given. The deadline for resubmitting the thesis is normally 3 months from the point in time when the candidate was informed about the exam result. If the thesis receives a grade of "F" a second time, the student can apply to the Program Board for a new master's thesis project.  Postponed submission: If a medical certificate is provided, the student may be given a postponed deadline for submitting the Master's thesis according to regulations in section 21 of Regulations for examinations at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (usually within 1-3 weeks).   By reasoned application with confirmation from supervisor by 1 May or 1 November, 3 month postponement of the submission deadline can be granted.For further details see:Regulations for examinations at the UiT:

<a href=" Prosedyre for karaktersetting av masteroppgave">Guidelines for grading master's thesis</a> 

Date for examination

Assignment hand in date 16.05.2022

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