Regulations, Management and Practical Training in Aquaculture

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The students will get a working overview of the laws and regulations affecting the organisation and production of aquaculture in Norway, and insight into the way aquaculture research and production are carried out. The field work will involve excursions to two research stations where students will participate in short experiments, and the practical will involve a working placement at a fishfarm or similar commercial facility. The written reports from these activities will be evaluated. Emphasis will also be placed on the laws concerning the health and welfare of aquatic organisms, such as quality control, harvesting regulations, and the fish disease laws. The regulations regarding vaccination, hygiene, disinfection, health certification and monitoring, as well as experimentation with animals will also be reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

To the give students practical insight into the running of commercial activities in aquaculture and into key methods in aquaculture research, as well as a working knowledge of central aspects of the management, organization and regulation of the aquaculture industry in Norway.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section ( The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Teaching and learning methods
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Compulsory work placement (15 days) + work placement report and presentation.
  • Compulsory written assignments (3 assignments) covering the regulation and management part of the course.
  • Approved compulsory activities are valied for 6 semesters, including the semester of completion.

    Forms of Assessment
  • Portfolio evaluation.
  • Grading Scale
    The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.
    Reading List
    The reading list will be published within 1st of July for autumn semester and 1st of december for spring semester
    Course Evaluation
    Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.
    Programme Committee
    The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
    Course Administrator
    The Mathematics- and Natural Sciences by the Department of Biological sciences is the course administrator for the course and study programme.