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BIO-3610 Industrial Biotechnology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Norges fiskerihøgskole

Type of course

For students taking the Marine Biotechnology - master program the course is mandatory. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Course contents

The objective of this course is for students to develop advanced knowledge and skills related to industrial development of marine resources and bioproducts. The emphasis will be on product development including optimizing and expanding bioprocesses as well as raw biological material as value chains can provide sustainable and valuable products into Norwegian and international markets.

The course will cover the biotechnological applications of valuable biomolecules (proteins/peptides, enzymes, marine lipids and carbohydrates) that can be produced industrially from marine and other sources. Focus will be placed upon the technical challenges and opportunities related to industrial processes involved in the processing of raw biological materials. Students will be given an introduction to real-world industry and presented with the specific challenges of scale-up and commercialization. Other specific topics will include: how to maintain productivity, proper documentation of products and processes, quality control and assurance, standard practices, regulatory constraints, value propositions as well as customer demands. 

Case studies will be used by examining examples from members of the marine biotech cluster BioTech North and international industries to introduce the research and challenges that underpin different biotechnological sectors. Challenges posed by scaling-up production methods from lab to pilot and ultimately industrial scale, are omnipresent and require advanced knowledge. This includes a good familiarity of processes that can be exemplified by the marine biotechnological sector regional to northern Norway.

The laboratory portion of this course will include assignments relevant to specific industrial processes that the students will be acquainted to during the lectures. The laboratory teaching is carried out under tutorial supervision and suitable safety protocols.

Application deadline

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

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - master's level singular course. Admission requires a bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology, biotechnology or chemistry of minimum 80 ECTS.

Recommended prerequisites: One or several of following courses (or equivalent): BIO-2001 Fysiologi I, BIO-2513 Marin Biodiversitet, BIO-2601 Generell mikrobiologi, BIO-2606 Generell og marin bioteknologi, MAT-1001, MAT-1002, MAT-1003 Calculus 1,2 & 3, Linear Algebra MAT-1004

Objective of the course

On successful completion of the course, students will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge. The candidate

Skills. The candidate:

General competence. The candidate

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

This course will consist of lectures, seminars, and a compulsory laboratory course. We will have guest lectures from domain experts and students will visit local industry.

The syllabus is made up of relevant scientific articles and fact sheets that will be given out after the lectures. There will be problem-based assignments for each section. There will be individual and group projects, students will write reports and make at least one oral presentation during the course.

Date for examination

Off campus exam hand out date 12.12.2022 hand in date 13.12.2022

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