Ph.D. On Campus

Aquatic Biosciences

Nord University

36 months
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The Aquatic Biosciences programme of Nord University studies the structure, function and behavior of living organisms in aquatic ecosystems, predominantly related to the marine sector.


Programme outline


The Aquatic Biosciences programme of Nord University integrates four areas of specialisation - Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics, and Animal science, production and welfare - which correspond to the strategic research divisions at the faculty.

As a doctoral candidate at our faculty you are affiliated with one of the strategic research groups. Individual PhD projects may be cross-disciplinary in nature and could encompass both farmed and wild aquatic organisms, as well as the environment they thrive in. Investigations embracing the different aquatic biospheres may either delve into the molecular mechanisms or stay at the ecosystem scale. While the overarching theme of the PhD in Aquatic Biosciences is aquatic resource utilisation and management.

Job opportunities

The PhD in Aquatic Biosciences will first and foremost qualify the students for positions within higher education institutions and for research and development work at research institutes. They would also have opportunities within the aquaculture or marine life science-related industries in Norway and abroad. Non-Governmental agencies interested in marine environmental issues will also be an attractive employer.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ecological and Interspecies Ethics
  • Advanced Biological Data Analysis
  • Aquaculture production and environmental impacts
  • High throughput sequencing of non-model organisms
  • Principles in Animal Experimentation
  • Aquatic Animal Immunology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Master's degree (120 ECTS) in Aquaculture or Marine Ecology or other related fields within biology, with a minimum average grade C (or its international accepted equivalence) or better. Potential candidates with maste's degree in other areas may be considered depending on the nature of the proposed research project. 
  • In order to be admitted to the PhD programme applicants must source financing for the entire period of the doctoral studies (3 years). 

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

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Running costs are generally covered by the funds of the project related to the research theme of the candidate.

Living costs for Bodø

9420 - 15000 NOK /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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