University of Iceland

AQFood Aquatic Food Production – Safety and Quality

AQFood Aquatic Food Production – Safety and Quality

AQFood ( ) focuses 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.

Why study?
The demand for aquatic food throughout the world is increasing, resulting in increased need for highly qualified candidates in the entire aquatic food chain. 
The growing aquatic food industry becomes more and more integrated, and individual companies present larger parts of the entire value chain.
This program is adapted to this development, giving knowledge on the entire chain with important interactions.

What will you learn?
You will get knowledge of the entire value chain for aquatic food from fishery and aquaculture throughout processing, distribution until the product reach the consumer focusing on safety, quality and environmental impact from sea to table.

This will give you the foundation, needed for a global understanding of the aquatic food production.

Contents of the program
Aquatic Food production – Safety and Quality (AQFood) is a double degree master program, including mobility, offered by a consortium of five leading universities in the Nordic countries:
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
University of Iceland
Norwegian University of Life Science (UMB)

AQFood offers three study tracks:

  1. Aquatic Production starting with first year at UMB
  2. Natural Resources (first year at NTNU)
  3. Industrial Production (first year at DTU)

You start with the first year at one University and take the second year at another consortium University.

The first semester (30 ECTS) is equal for all essentially given as e-learning focusing on the entire aquatic value chain. The second year is used for specialization. Students will stay at DTU or NTNU for the 1st and 2nd semester and come to Iceland for the 3rd and 4th semester to finalise the programme at UoI.

If you are interested in in the Nordic master AQFood programme at UoI  you will graduate with MS degree in Engineering or MS degree in Natural Science, depending on your background. Study tracks are proposed for MS degrees in Industrial Engineering, Biology and Food Science, but other disciplines like physical sciences, including chemistry and biochemistry, are also relevant.  Courses offered in the interdisciplinary Environment and Natural Resources Master's Programme are recommended for students to gain expertise in environment and natural resource issues and to give a solid foundation in interdisciplinary thinking.

AQFood – 120 credits

Mandatory courses
UoI 3rd Semester

IÐN110F Production Planning (7.5 ECTS)
IÐN116F Supply Chain Management (7.5 ECTS)

Admission requirements
A relevant bachelor or equivalent degree in life science or engineering.
For specific admission requirements for the different study tracks, information about application and general questions about the study program see:

For more information

Information about the content of the programme: Dr Guðrún Ólafsdóttir
Administrative contact: Sigríður Sif Magnúsdóttir,

Application deadline:  
January 15th 2016 for international students
March 1st 2016 for Nordic and European students 




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