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MSc Aquatic Science and Technology

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost no tuition fees

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 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 solving 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:

Read more about the structure of the MSc programmes at DTU

Structural components
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

 Date - Admission Procedure

15 November - Online application portal opens

15 January - Application deadline for non-EU/EEA applicants

                     Deadline for application fee payment (non-EU/EEA citizens only)

1 March - Application deadline for EU/EEA applicants

 2 March - 31 July Late application period for EU/EEA applicants

How to apply

  • Please make sure to log in as “Self-Registered User”, unless you are currently living in Denmark and have a NEM-ID card. 
  • Please make sure to use your personal email address and not your current university email address. 
  • You can apply for up to 4 different MSc programmes at DTU. You will be asked to prioritize your applications and you will only be offered admission to one of your applications.

Processing time

We have a processing time of 8 weeks from the application deadline. If you have not heard from us within 8 weeks, please send us an email:


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 programme. The bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes 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 programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. 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 programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and partial tuition fees are charged. 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-, 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. programmes. The admission requirements are described at

ISCED Categories

Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography