Fish Diseases - Pharmacology

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

This course deals with the drugs normally used in fish farming. The course provides an introduction to the most important pharmacological principles related to the use of drugs (their absorption, mechanism of action, distribution, metabolism and excretion). The possible effects of drugs on the environment near fish farms will also be covered. An overview of the most relevant legislation will be given.

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to give a basic understanding of pharmacology, especially with regards to the drugs used in fish farming. Other goals are to provide the knowledge required to evaluate the use of drugs and to improve communication/co-operation with other specialists in the field of fish farming. The course also deals with practical matters of drug use in fish farming (including a mandatory 1-day excursion) as well as relevant legislation and prescription writing.

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.

Required Previous Knowledge
Teaching and learning methods
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Mandatory participation on seminars. Approved compulsory assignments are valid in 6 semesters.
Forms of Assessment
Written exam (3 hours). 
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the 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.
Examination Support Material
Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.