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

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost depending on the university you are enrolled

The AQFood M.Sc. programme targets Nordic and international students with a background in food science, biotechnology, chemistry, biology, natural sciences or engineering, and who wish to specialise in Aquatic Food at the master level. 

Structural components
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

You apply directly to the university, where you wish to study for the first year of your study. For students applying from 2018 you can apply at all universities. 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. 

All universities have on-line application forms and you apply electronically by completing the online form. At University of Iceland you must print the form and send it by post together with a number of documents in hard copies.  

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

Admission procedures and requirements for the 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 mobility 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 stuents. Please look at the homepages 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 another comparable degree. 

When you apply you have to decide which two universities you want to study at and therefore you have to make sure that you fulfill the requirements for both universities in your study. You are most welcome to contact the relevant universities in your study to make sure you fulfill these requirements.   

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. 


  • 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).  

English language test exemptions  

  • Applicants who have completed a university degree instructed in English at a university that is physically located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.
  • Applicants who have completed at least a 3-year degree instructed in English in an EU/EEA country. 
  • Applicants with upper secondary education and a Bachelor's degree (issued or ongoing if the applicant is currently enrolled in the last semester) from a Nordic country may be exempted from an additional English test. Please include the school leaving certificate of your upper secondary education into your application package.   

Acceptance & Ranking

All applications are academically evaluated by the consortium partner universities. For candidates fulfilling the above requirements, the ranking of students is done on the basis of student’s academic achievements. Admission is based on a joint decision by the admission board of the consortium. 

ISCED Categories

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