IFM - International Fisheries Management

Interdisciplinary Master Programme in Fisheries Management
The IFM programme is offered at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS). The duration is two years, and the programme culminates in the degree of M.Sc. in International Fisheries Management.

The programme aims at recruiting students from fisheries nations and students planning a career within the area of fisheries management.

The programme started in 1998 and has at the end of 2009 educated 153 masters from 39 countries.

Student Exchange
There is no special student exchange at the programme, but between first and second year the international students go back to their home countries and collect data for their master thesis. The Norwegian students do also have the opportunity to collect data for their master thesis in the number of cooperating countries.

Qualification awarded
At the completion of the Master's Programme in International Fisheries Management, candidates achieve the degree “Master of Science in International Fisheries Management”.

Professional prospects
The Master's Degree in International Fisheries Management qualifies to a lot of interesting jobs in both private enterprise and public service, international and national. Today, candidates who have finished their study, work in fisheries management abroad and also in their home countries, in private consultant companies as well as in research and teaching.

Access to further studies
Candidates with a good grade in their Master's Degree in International Fisheries Management may apply for admission in a Doctoral Degree Programme (Ph.D) in order to pursue a career in research.

The main aim of the program at the NCFS is to provide an interdisciplinary education. This is a programme which combines economics, biology, fisheries technology and principles of organisation and law. The programme is teaching-intensive, with courses (comprising 90 study points) and a research project (30 study points), with more emphasis on course work than on the individual research project.

Course programme

The IFM course programme has been revised after a major evaluation process and a new course programme starts in 2007. The basic course idea is kept but some significant changes have been made.

Programme administration

NCFS has the academic and administrative responsibility for the programme. The Programme board is in charge of programme coordination. Chairman of the Board is professor Bjørn Hersoug. Programme coordinators are Ane-Marie Hektoen, and Kirsten Zachariassen.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted in the Master's Degree Programme in International Fisheries Management, it is required that applicants hold a Bachelor's Degree in Science or Social Science (or equivalent degree). It is desirable that applicants have knowledge of mathematics and statistics corresponding to the university's introductory courses in these subjects. All lectures are given in English. A good working knowledge of English is therefore essential. An English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent) should be enclosed in order to fulfil the entrance requirements. The minimum score required in the TOEFL test is 500, and a minimum score of 5 is required in the IELTS test. The entry is competitive and based on educational background and professional experience, as well as stated purpose.

For further information: Contact the programme coordinators Ane-Marie Hektoen and Kirsten Zachariassen for further information.