Responsible university and department
University of Copenhagen
Faculty of Life Science (LIFE)
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
Section of Fish Diseases
Name of the programme
Short description of the programme
Students will specialise in Health and Diseases of Fish or they will specialise in Aquaculture
and Fish Quality. They will then be able to apply their knowledge to solve practical problems,
participate in development projects and keep themselves up-to-date in scientific literature and news.
Students should be able to solve practical problems based on their acquired specialised knowledge
and be able to place practical solutions into a broader social perspective regarding general values
within society, such as utilisation of resources, environment and animal welfare.
In total 120 ECTS, equivalent to a 2 years programme. 60 ECTS first year and 60 ECTS
30 mandatory credits have to be taken within courses in fish breeding, fish nutrition and
aquaculture at UMB or Holar Aquacultural College
30 credits with selected topics at the 200 (medium level) level within breeding, nutrition,
technology, techniques, environment, product quality etc. must be taken at UMB or Holar
In the second year 15 credits (two courses each of 7.5 credits) must be taken at the University
of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Science (LIFE). These include courses in Fish Diseases –
Theory and Practice (7.5 credits) and Aquaculture (7.5 credits) if you specialise in Health
and Diseases of Fish. If you specialise in Aquaculture and fish Quality you must take
Aquaculture (7.5 credits) and Fish as Raw Material (7.5 credits)
Candidates must at the University of Copenhagen complete a Masters thesis worth 45 credits,
Students who do not have a Bachelors degree in Aquaculture from UMB must have an
individual study plan.
There are two different tracks suggested below and in the NOVA course database. They will make
it easy for you as student to find your way to a Master’s degree in Aquaculture. Besides these
suggested tracks you are free to find your own course combination, in agreement with a programme
coordinator at the department.
Track 1. Health and Diseases of Fish
First semester Second semester Third semester Fourth semester
Introductory courses UMB or Holar courses Aquaculture LIFE
as described above Fish Diseases –
Theory and Practice Master thesis LIFE
, Master thesis LIFE –
Track 2. Aquaculture and fish quality
Introductory course UMB or Holar courses Aquaculture LIFE
as described above Fish as raw materials
LIFE Master thesis LIFE
Master Thesis LIFE
Following the link above you find a number of suggested semester packages at the different NOVA
member institutions. Use them, or available single courses, to find your own elective courses in
your programme. Information about eventual overlaps between courses will help you make your
Bachelors degree that includes minimum: 10 credits mathematics, 10 credits chemistry/physics, 10
credits statistics and 60 credits in biology courses.
Information from the study department.
March 1 for autumn semester
October 1 for spring semester
Living in Denmark
About studying at LIFE
NOVA – the Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural Universities
ERASMUS – relevant agreements
Mobility grants from NOVA Nordplus
As student enrolled on a Nordic/NOVA Master’s programme you are entitled to mobility grants for
studying at any of the other NOVA member universities. Look for details in the link above, or at
the home university of the Master’s programme.