Aquatic Food Production

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The aquatic environment covers about 70% the globe and is central in today¿s discussion on increased global food production. The challenges are both to produce enough food from well treated organisms and food with a good composition of nutrients. This course will give students a state of the art insight to how aquatic food production has global impact on food access and the environment and discuss the future potentials for growth. It will use a combination of selected scientific articles, interdisciplinary expert panels with outside guests, and Oxford-style student debates to elucidate key aspects of seafood production and nutritional value.

The aim of the course is to disseminate knowledge about the composition of seafood in relation to the global nutritional challenges; under nutrition, over nutrition and malnutrition, and how nutrients and contaminants are transported in the man-made food chain developed for aquaculture. We will discuss the sustainability of traditional and novel feed resources, which resources are limiting and which ingredients can supply the needed nutrients for the cultured organisms and for the people who eat them. Environmental effects of aquaculture, effects of climate on aquatic farming and the future potential of fisheries and aquaculture to contribute to the global food production will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

The student should explain well-founded, biologically based views within the course topics. He/she must be able to assess the extent to which claims are documented and distinguish between emotional, political and biological basis for decision making, show insight in current theories and could argue structured and convincing both in writing and orally.

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 33 for the autumn 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

Bachelor's in Biology or equivalent. The course is limited to master program students at the Department of Biological Sciences.


Students at integrated masters programs must have achieved a minimum of 180 ECTS credits.

Recommended Previous Knowledge
Bachelor's in biology
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
In order to be admitted to the course, you must be admitted to a master¿s programme or the doctoral education (PhD) programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Teaching and learning methods
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Written assignment, participation in at least one debate panel, participation in class.
Forms of Assessment
Folder evaluation of written and oral assignments
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.
Assessment Semester
Reading List
The literature list will be available by 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.
Programme Committee
The Programme Board is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the course.
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Department of Biological Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course.