MSc Aquatic Science and Technology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Graduate Programs

Program Description

MSc Aquatic Science and Technology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Graduate Programs

With an MSc in Aquatic Science and Technology, you can contribute to sustainable harvest and production of fish and shell-fish, assessment and management of human impact and environmental change as well as cutting-edge research on aquatic ecosystems, traits of their inhabitants, and their impact on global climate.

Two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, and the seas, lakes, and streams have a crucial role to play in regulating our planet’s biogeography and climate—and in maintaining biodiversity. Moreover, a large part of the global population is dependent on fisheries and aquaculture as a source of food or income, and ‘blue growth’ features high on the EU’s political agenda.

We are facing major global challenges in relation to the environment and food supply. It is becoming increasingly important to utilize marine and freshwater ecosystems more sustainably and to develop the necessary technology for sustainable production of fish and shellfish. It is also necessary to assess and reduce the environmental impact from other human activities, for instance, maritime transport and off-shore energy production. Maintaining a healthy aquatic environment is a pre-requisite for all life on our planet, and society will need professionals who are able to combine research and technology, to safeguard the aquatic ecosystems and resources.

Study programme focus

The MSc programme in Aquatic Science and Technology focuses on aquaculture, fisheries, oceanography, and the management of aquatic resources. The study programme addresses the challenges associated with sustainable fisheries and aquaculture as well as maintenance of healthy ecosystems under changing the environment.

Our approach is to combine interdisciplinary knowledge on the functioning of aquatic ecosystems and living resources with quantitative mathematical and statistical skills and technological problem-solving tools. This will give you the competences to help to solve the global challenges of aquatic environment and food production.

The MSc programme in Aquatic Science and Technology focuses on:

  • biological, chemical, and physical processes affecting life in aquatic ecosystems at all levels—from plankton to fish stocks;
  • assessment of human impact on aquatic ecosystems;
  • sustainable exploitation and management of fish stocks and other aquatic resources;
  • technological solutions for sustainable fish and shellfish farming;
  • marine biological modelling;
  • modern methods for monitoring of aquatic environment and resources.

The teaching is interdisciplinary and provides possibilities for laboratory and field work.


The MSc programme in Aquatic Science and Technology allows you to specialize in one of three study lines:

  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries
  • Oceanography


Typical fields of work

Depending on your specialization, you will be capable of working with aquatic resource management within aquaculture, fisheries, or oceanography, e.g.:

  • providing advice on the sustainable management of aquatic resources;
  • carrying out environmental assessments and analyses of fish stocks and fisheries;
  • engaging in project development in relation to the environmental impact of maritime activities, the building of structures or marine spatial planning;
  • developing and implementing innovative technology for recirculating aquaculture facilities, monitoring of the aquatic environment, and sustainable fisheries;
  • conducting research and modelling related to aquatic ecosystems, climate, and management, and production of fish and shellfish.

Career opportunities

With an MSc in Aquatic Science and Technology, you can pursue a career with:

  • consultancy and engineering companies, such as COWI, DHI and Orbicon;
  • international organizations, such as ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea);
  • national authorities, e.g. the Danish AgriFish Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency, or municipalities;
  • companies, industry and interest organisations involved in aquaculture (e.g. AquaPri or AquaGroup), fisheries (e.g. the Danish Fishermen’s Association) or off-shore energy (e.g. DONG);
  • universities and other research institutions.

Aquatic Science and Technology is a relatively new MSc programme. Therefore, the number of graduates is still limited. In January 2015 90 percent of our graduates have found study-relevant jobs. Approximately half of the current MSc graduates have been awarded a PhD position, while the rest has been employed by companies or local authorities. Learn more about career opportunities

  • Working within aquaculture
  • Working within fisheries
  • Working within oceanography
  • Working within aquatic ecosystem management

Pursue a PhD

Once you have an MSc in Engineering, you might get the opportunity to apply for admission to the three-year PhD which at DTU is a research-based programme ranking among the best in the world. You can do either a regular PhD or an industrial PhD—the latter with concurrent employment in a company.

As a PhD student, you will be part of a research group and will carry out an independent scientific project.

General admission requirements

Only applicants holding either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a specific programme. The specific programme states in details which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to meet supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The supplementary requirements can be met as a part of the bachelor programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. As part of the admission process, it will be decided whether the supplementary courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies or within the first semester. Courses to be passed prior to the commencement of studies must be passed no later than one semester prior to the commencement of studies.

A maximum of 10 ECTS credits may be earned after the commencement of studies and within the first semester. If there is a need for supplementary courses equating to more than 10 ECTS credits, these credits must always be earned prior to the commencement of studies. Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and partial tuition fees are therefore charged for such supplementary courses. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL- or Pearson test).

Academic requirements for this programme

The following bachelor programmes entitle students to the MSc Eng programme in Aquatic Science and Technology:

DTU bachelor and engineering programmes:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry and Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Earth and Space Physics and Engineering
  • Environmental Technology
  • General Engineering
  • Human Life Science Engineering
  • Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling

DTU bachelor of engineering programmes:

  • Arctic Technology
  • Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Civil engineering

Other Danish bachelor degrees:

  • University of Copenhagen: BSc in Biology, Biology-Biotechnology, Geography and Geoinformatics, Natural Resources, Geology-Geoscience, Geophysics, Meteorology
  • University of Aarhus: BSc in Biology, Geoscience; B Eng in Biotechnology
  • University of Aalborg: BSc in Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Technology, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Sustainable Biotechnology; B Eng in Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • University of Southern Denmark: BSc in Biology, Environment and Resource Management; B Eng in Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • University of Roskilde: BSc in Natural Science
  • University of the Faroe Islands: BSc in Biology

Candidates with other bachelor degrees (both Danish and foreign) are welcome to apply provided their BSc study contains the necessary prerequisite knowledge for MSc study. The evaluation of applications emphasizes courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and environmental engineering/sciences.It is recommended that the students use some of their electives to obtain knowledge related to some aspect of aquatic ecology, production or management, e.g., aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic ecosystem management or oceanography.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Graduate Programs

Last updated February 8, 2018
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