MSc in Marine Coastal Development

General information

The world’s oceans have waste resources which will become more and more important, and which we will depend upon in the future. In order to use and protect these resources and to develop coastal resources in a sustainable way, there is a need for in-depth and interdisciplinary knowledge about the interactions between economy, environment, technology, marine biological resources, and public concerns.

The Master of Science programme in Marine Coastal Development is a two-year international multidisciplinary MSc-programme. It is especially designed to give the students a broad understanding of the complex interactions in the marine sector. NTNU has excellent research communities within these fields and a close contact with relevant external partners. As a student enrolled in this programme, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, computer labs, research laboratories and platforms (eg. research vessel). You will visit and work at several of NTNU's research facilities, including :

The programme offers three specializations which include an individual research project with publication of a Master Degree thesis according to international standards. The specializations are as follows:

The study specialization Aquaculture offers the following academic profiles:

  • Marine Aquaculture Systems
  • Marine Juvenile Technology
  • Environmental Engineering and Analysis

Fisheries and marine resources
The study specialization Fisheries and Marine Resources offers the following academic profiles:

  • Processing of Marine Resources
  • Sustainable Marine Harvesting

Marine biology and biochemistry
The study specialization Marine Biology and Biochemistry offers the following academic profiles:

  • Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Marine Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Learning outcome:

A Master's degree in Marine Coastal Development will give you a solid basis for further careers, both nationally and internationally. The multidisciplinary background this programme offers is in demand by both the fisheries- and aquaculture industry, as well as administrative authorities involved in management of the coastal zone.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in research at an academic institution or in industry, you can continue with PhD studies here at NTNU, at another Norwegian institution or an institution abroad.

Contact Person: Lisbeth Aune (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0831 - Aquaculture", "0831 - Fisheries", "0512 - Biotechnology


Venue: NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology

Marine and maritime research is a strategic research focus area at NTNU. It coordinates and initiates new multidisciplinary activities within research, education and innovation, providing opportunities to investigate complex challenges and opportunities.  Marine studies at NTNU are of high quality, giving students the knowledge and competence that is valued by the industry and society at large.

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Open from
31 Oct 2016 to 1 Dec 2016


There are no tuition fees in public universities in Norway, however you need to pay a semester fee (NOK 510) each semester.


Degree Requirements
BSc/BEng degree or equivalent in areas related to marine such as: Marine Technology, Marine Biology, Marine Biochemestry, Aquaculture, Environmental Engineering

Marine Technology background: Students studying Marine technology qualify to enter the MSc in Marine Coastal Development.

Biology background: In order to qualify to enter the MSc in Marine Coastal Development, students studing biology at the NTNU have to take the following specialization BSc in Biology, Marine Biology and Aquaculture (course curriculum for the BSc in Biology

Biomarine Innovation or Biotechnology background: Students studying the Bachelor programme Biomarine Innovation or Biotechnology at NTNU Ålesund are qualified to enter the MSc in Marine Coastal Development.

Language Requirements

  • passing grade from a Norwegian upper secondary school (videregående skole)
  • TOEFL: minimum score of 90 points on the internet based test
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 6.5
  • University of Cambridge tests: - First Certificate in English - Certificate in Advanced English - Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • MELAB: minimum score of 85 points
  • One year of study at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The language of instruction must be English.
  • A university degree with a major in English
  • If special situations warrant it, applicants may document their English expertise in other ways.

Application Procedure:

Applicants with Norwegian or Nordic citizenship, or who hold a first degree from Norway or one of the other Nordic countries, are required to apply via NTNU's Søknadsweb. If you are are an international student, self-financed or Quota Scheme, you are required to complete a preliminary application by 1st of December. The preliminary applications will be processed after 1 December, and you may expect a reply in late December or early January. If your preliminary application is approved, you will receive a final application form by e-mail including necessary information about what docuements to submit. The final application form must be returned to us along with all the necessary documentation by 1st of February.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for master's degrees starting August 2016 have passed.

The next round of admission will open in autumn 2016, with the following application deadlines:

  • Non-EU/non-EEA students: 1 December 2016
  • EU / EEA / Norwegian students: 1 March 2017

*The 1 March (15 April) application deadline may apply if you have a bachelor's degree from Norway/Nordic country or are a Norwegian/Nordic citizen.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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