Fisheries and applied ecology

3 year Bachelor's curriculum "Fisheries and applied ecology" (code 214638)

2 year Master's Curriculum "Fisheries and applied ecology" (code 423)


Bachelor curriculum

The curriculum follows the goals of the UN 2030 sustainable development targets in the fields of green and blue economy. In particular, the curriculum focuses on sustainable food production and food security, sustainable use of water resources, protection and restoration of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, adaptation to and reducing the effects of climate change, improving environmental monitoring and data handling. The goal is to train specialists with broad-based applied knowledge in the fields of fisheries and aquaculture, sustainable aquatic and terrestrial bioresource exploitation, conservation and management. The objective is environmentally sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, and fisheries, while minimizing the negative effects on the quality of life and ecosystem services.

The graduate:
1) has basic knowledge and skills on the management and protection of renewable bioresources in agricultural landscapes, forests, wetlands and inland waterbodies, as well as entrepreneurship in blue- and green economy;
2) understands the environmental impacts of agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, and fisheries, including the impact on biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem functioning and services;
3) can assess the impact of global change on agriculture, fisheries, biodiversity, and the sustainable exploitation of bioresources;
4) is acquainted with the terminology and theoretical principles in the fields of fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic and terrestrial applied ecology, as well as the interdisciplinary interactions in the context of global change, blue- and green economy, and legal regulations;
5) has the skills to discuss and analyze orally and in writing the topics in aquatic and terrestrial bioeconomy, access and critically evaluate new knowledge with scientific methods, and apply relevant solutions for scientific questions;
6) can apply the obtained knowledge in practice, institute the principles of ecological management, alleviate the anthropogenic impact on ecosystems, while considering and following the societal ethical aspects;
7) can take the responsibility to work as a mid-level specialist in private and public institutions and enterprises in the fields of fisheries, aquaculture, ecosystem conservation, management and restoration;
8) has the necessary communication skills for teamwork and is proficient in info- and communication technologies;
9) is in a position to proceed with academic master level studies and/or proceed with self-motivated lifelong learning and personal professional development.


Master curriculum

The aim of the curriculum is to educate and prepare specialists in the fields of fisheries, aquatic and terrestrial bioresource management, conservation, and sustainable exploitation. Through specialisation the graduates will get rigorous theoretical background and practical skills in aquatic or terrestrial applied ecology, or in the fields of fisheries and aquaculture. By achieving the learning outcomes, the graduates are prepared to take job positions as specialist in public and private sectors, and serve the society by reinforcing the principles of sustainable management of bioresources.

The graduates will gain the following skills and competences:
1) profound knowledge in the utilization, management and conservation of aquatic or land bioresources, and entrepreneurship in the fields of sustainable bio-economy;
2) profound knowledge and practical skills in aquatic or terrestrial applied ecology, or fisheries and aquaculture;
3) understands the interdisciplinary linkages in the field in the context of global change;
4) sustainable use of natural resources;
5) apprehension of state of the art developments in the field;
6) skills to acquire and assess new knowledge in the field through scientific methods;
7) apply relevant methods for problem solving in the field;
8) apply the acquired knowledge in practice and engage in self-improvement in the field;
9) responsibility and communication skills to work as a specialist in private sector, government organisations and companies;
10) skills to apply modern statistical and data management tools;
11) skills to communicate research results.