Nordic Master in Aquatic Food Production - Safety and Quality (AQFood)

General information

The international M.Sc. programme 'Aquatic Food Production - Safety & Quality' (AQFood) is a unique education for the aquatic food sector linking advanced aquatic food production, processing and distribution with issues of importance for tomorrow's consumers, industry and society. 

The demand for aquatic food is increasing drastically worldwide and at the same time there is a pressure for more efficient production and distribution systems to deliver healthy, and safe food also taking into account the environmental and sustainability issues throughout the entire aquatic food value chain. 

The AQFood programme is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the aquatic food production, whether they will be professionals in aquaculture production, industrial food production, natural resource management or related research, teaching and consulting activities. The focus in AQFood is to address the entire value chain and to focus on production of aquatic food throughout the entire production and food supply chain, linking primary production including aquaculture and wild catch with processing and distribution to the consumers in terms of quality and safety.

The AQFood study programme targets Nordic and international students with background in food science, chemistry, biology, natural sciences, environment, health, biotechnology and engineering who are interested in specialising in aquatic food relates topics at the M.Sc. level. The AQFood programme includes three study tracks:

The programme offers three distinct study lines of specialization: one dealing with Aquatic Production, a second study line dealing with Natural Resources and a third line dealing with Industrial Production. All study lines take the entire value chain as a unique starting point. It is a requirement that you start at one University and finish at another University depending on your choice for the specialization.

Keys elements:

  • A double degree (60/60 ECTS)
  • Three universities of entry–UMB, NTNU and DTU–depending on the study track
  • First semester (30 ECTS) essentially as e-learning offered in collaboration between the partners
  • Specialization line specific to the university combinations
  • Mobility requirement after first year
  • Focus on the entire aquatic value chain from resource to consumer table
  • Strong link to the industries in the aquatic food sector.
Contact Person: Caroline P. Baron (DTU) (


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

0831 - Fisheries", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0031 - Project management", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Technical University of Denmark (Contact coordinator)
Lyngby, Denmark

Semester 1 & 2: NMBU - Norway or NTNU - Norway or DTU - Denmark depending on the study track.
Semester 3 & 4: one of the five partner universities depending on the study track.


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Currently DTU & SLU charges fees to non-EU/EEA students. Some universities also charge an application fee and some have a compulsory student union fee. Please read more at the respective webpages of the individual universities. 


Admission Requirements 
In order to apply for the international M.Sc. programme in “Aquatic Food Production - Safety & Quality” (AQFood), you must fulfill a number of requirements. The requirements apply to all applicants regardless of where you decide to submit your application.

Degree Requirements
To apply you need to have a B.Sc. or B.Sc. Eng. degree (corresponding to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits) in Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Food science, Food technology, Industrial Engineering, Life science, Environmental sciences or an other comparable degree. 

When you apply you have to decide which study track you want to follow, therefore you have to make sure that you fulfill the requirements for both universities in your study track. You are most welcome to contact the relevant universities in you study track to make sure you fulfill these requirements. Please be aware that the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has special requirements. For further information regarding this please contact the Admissions Office (  

Language requirements
When applying for admission, you must be able to document your academic achievements and proficiency in English. TOEFL or IELTS certificates must be original and sent directly to DTU from the test centre. 

  • TOEFL: Paper-based: 580 (written section grade 4,5), Computer-based test: 237 (assay writing grade 4,5), Internet-based test: 92 (written section grade 22)  
  • IELTS: 6.5, no section lower than 5.5 (only IELTS Academic Training accepted).

Application Procedure:

You apply directly to the university, where you wish to study for the first year of your study track (DTU, NMBU or NTNU). In your application you need to state the name of the Universiy where you wish to study in the second year. This means that you will have to consider your choice carefully, as you cannot subsequently change to another university within the consortium. 

You must send your application directly to the university, where you wish to start your study track. 

All starting universities have on-line application forms and you apply electronically by completing the online form. You are then required to print the form and send it by post together with a number of documents in hard copies. This must be sent to the university, where you want to spend the first year of your studies within the AQFood programme.  

Admission is handled locally but with common admission requirements and screening criteria.

Admission procedures and requirements for the three starting universities:

When you apply for the AQFood programme, you will apply directly to the university where you wish to spend the first year of your studies and you will have to indicate your study track and mobility plan for the second year. If you are accepted by the consortium admission board, you will be enrolled in the university where you put in your application for your first year of study. 

Your application dossier will subsequently be transferred to the university that is responsible for the second part of your study track. During semester two, you will then receive an admission letter from the university, where you will be enrolled in your second year in order for you to have time to apply for accommodation and visa if needed. 

All applications are evaluated individually by the consortium. 

Grant Opportunities:

The international M.Sc. programme “Aquatic Food Production – Safety and Quality” (AQFood) does not offer scholarships. However some of the partner universities has a limited number of tuition fee waivers to award foreign students. Please look at the homepages of the individual universities. 


Upon graduation, students will receive a degree from each of the two universities in which they spent a part of their studies, thus receiving a double degree.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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