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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 of 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 program focus
The MSc program in Aquatic Science and Technology focuses on aquaculture, fisheries, oceanography, and the management of aquatic resources. The study program addresses the challenges associated with sustainable fisheries and aquaculture as well as the maintenance of healthy ecosystems under a changing 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 the aquatic environment and food production.
The MSc program 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 modeling.
Modern methods for monitoring of aquatic environment and resources.
The teaching is interdisciplinary and provides possibilities for laboratory and fieldwork.
The MSc program in Aquatic Science and Technology allows you to specialize in one of three study lines:
Read more about the structure of the MSc programs at DTU.
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 organizations involved in aquaculture (for example AquaPri or AquaGroup), fisheries (for example the Danish Fishermen’s Association), or off-shore energy (for example DONG).
Universities and other research institutions.
Aquatic Science and Technology is a relatively new MSc program. 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 Ph.D. position, while the rest has been employed by companies or local authorities.
Pursue a Ph.D.
Once you have an MSc in Engineering, you might get the opportunity to apply for admission to the three-year Ph.D. which at DTU is a research-based program ranking among the best in the world. You can do either a regular Ph.D. or an industrial Ph.D.—the latter with concurrent employment in a company.
As a Ph.D. student, you will be part of a research group and will carry out an independent scientific project.
Academic requirements for this program
General admission requirements
Only applicants holding either a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering, or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering program. The bachelor's degree must be less than 10 years old.
The individual MSc. Eng. program states in detail which bachelor programs qualify and whether applicants have to complete 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 programs.
The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor program or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng program. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.
Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng program do not form part of the MSc Eng program, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the program is withdrawn.
The Master of Science in Engineering programs are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL-, CAE, or Pearson test). From Spring 2020 the minimum grade of English B-level is 3.0 (on the Danish grading scale).
DTU offers Honours Programme as part of all MSc Eng. programs.
Structure of the MSc program
The MSc in Aquatic Science and Technology follows the DTU structure of education.
The program's 120 ECTS are divided between mandatory courses giving general interdisciplinary competences common for all students, technological specialization courses, elective courses, and a master thesis.
General competences: 30 ECTS credits
Thesis: 30 ECTS credits
Technological specialization: 30 ECTS credits
Electives: 30 ECTS credits
Technological specialization courses, elective courses, and the master thesis give the possibility to focus on one of our three optional study lines.
The general competence courses of Aquatic Science and Technology are shown in the table further below.
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DTU Aqua offers a variety of student jobs. Traditionally, many of these jobs are filled by our master students at Aquatic Science and Technology, as their unique skills often match the jobs very well. Vacant jobs are often announced directly to our students.
DTU Aqua has a large aquaculture research facility with experimental plants for studying fish physiology, behavior, and welfare as well as recirculating aquaculture systems. The facility is unique in Denmark and also highly competitive in an international context.
We also have land-based research facilities, targeting mass cultivation of phytoplankton and the rearing of shellfish larvae in recirculation systems, a fleet of small boats, and a production and test site for blue mussels.
Furthermore, DTU Aqua operates the ocean-going vessel Dana and a number of smaller research ships and boats.
Additionally, DTU Aqua has a range of laboratories that support experimental work.
DTU encourages all its students to study at least one semester at a foreign university.
DTU has a wide range of exchange agreements with international universities. Many of them are relevant for the Aquatic Science and Technology program, for instance:
Bangor University (Wales)
Bergen University (Norway)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
Tromsø University (Norway)
Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
You need to start planning your stay abroad at least 1 to 1½ years prior to departure. First, you should consider how your exchange fits with your study plan.
Mostly it is possible to find courses at foreign universities that may be credited at DTU. However, please discuss your plan with the Head of Studies to ensure that the courses are relevant—and if they can be characterized as either technological specialization or general competence courses.
Hear what the President of DTU, Anders Bjarklev has to say about studying abroad: