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The aim is to educate candidates in biotechnological skills in general, thus qualifying them for careers in a range of organisations including those whose focus is on innovation, commercial development and value creation of marine resourses in prosesses and industry.We are preoccupied with exploiting the advantage we enjoy as a nation in the form of access to enormous marine resources. Most of the organisms that comprise the marine biodiversity are still little researched. These bio-resources can be the source of unique biomolecules (enzymes, secondary metabolites, proteins/peptides, marine fats and carbohydrates) and the associated genetic codes.
Good relationships with the biotechnological industry are exploited to adapt the teaching, and ensure that it is relevant for commercial development and innovation. Many newly established businesses in the region have their origins in the biotechnological community in Tromsø and the sector is expanding. The programme will give you much sought-after expertise.
Objectives, content and organization
The purpose is to educate candidates in modern biotechnological expertise, with particular empasis on marine resources. You will qualify for careers in fields such as marine value creation, innovation and research.
A good marine biotechnologist must have a broad base of knowledge and skills in basic molecular biology, chemistry and techniques and processes that use marine micro-organisms, plant and animal cells, or parts of these, to manufacture, develop or modify commercially useful products. On successful completion of the programme, the degree of MSc in Marine Biotechnology is awarded.
The first semester consists of compulsory subjects. In marine bioprospecting the emphasis is on the inherent potential in marine bio-resources. In industrial biotechnology, scaling up from pilot project to industrial production is prioritised. Basic and applied microalgae is about microalgae taxonomy and biochemistry, physiology, growth regulating stressors and applied microalgae science (bioprospecting, mass cultivation, CO2 and NOx sequestration, products, biorefinery, process modelling)
In the second semester the student has various subject choices. Alternatively, this semester may be used for an exchange visit.
The master's thesis (60 credits/ECTS) is written during the third and fourth semesters and is based on supervised experimental work. it is also possible to start the Master's thesis in the second semester (10 STP) and combine it with one elective course (10 STP) in the third semester.
HMS-0500, the compulsory safety course for laboratory work, must be taken by all students who carry out lab work. The compulsory parts of this multi-module course are taken online. The first aid part requires physical attendance. Students must fulfill the compulsory online modules before the semester starts to have access to the laboratory wings. There are no credits for this course. Registration for HMS-0500 web-modules.
For details regarding required relevant background see Admission requirements (scroll down to the menu).
Admission to the MSc in Marine Biotechnology requires a bachelor's degree in biotechnology, marine biotechnology or equivalent education. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.
Required background in biotechnology:
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We have 10 places available each year. Upon admission, applicants are ranked by average grade on subjects included in the in-depth specialisation from the bachelor degree.
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Norway - Nord-Norge