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M.Sc. Marine Resource Management

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Entry level Bachelor
Cost No tuition fees, only an annual registration fee of ISK 75,000

Fishing industry and marine resource management is a foundation in Icelandic business and economy. The essence of the Marine Resource Management programme is sustainability and economic use of marine resources in context of various marine and fisheries related subjects such as maritime law and fisheries economics, marine environment and climate change, fisheries business and marketing. 

The Environment and Natural Resources Master’s Programme is a unique interdisciplinary and international programme that provides academic insight into the various aspects of environmental issues and the utilisation of natural resources. It is tailored to different student needs in terms of academic background and interests. 

The Programme

The  Marine  Resource  Management  Programme  is an international cross-discipline masters, consisting of 120 ECTS, divided between  core  courses, restrictive elective course in research methods and specialization, and open elective courses. The programme concludes with a master’s thesis (30 or 60 ECTS). 

New and exciting courses include:

  • Marine environment and fisheries
  • Fisheries business and management
  • Fisheries management
  • Fisheries value chains and the fourth industrial revolution 
  • Resource Economics
Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience
International component
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Learning outcomes

Job Opportunities

Students   receive   a   world   class   training   allowing   them  to  enter  various  career  paths  in  private  and  public  sector,  including  governmental  institutes  and  ministries,  fishing  industry  companies,  engineering  and   technology   firms,   teaching,   consulting   and   many more. The programme opens an entry to doctoral programmes as well.


  1. Applicants must have completed a BA/BS/B.ed. degree at the University of Iceland, or a comparable degree from another University - first class. First class refers to grade point average of at least 7.25 on a scale from 1-10. This is regardless of the subject of previous degrees.
  2. All international applicants, whose native language is not English, are required to provide results of the TOEFL (85) or IELTS (6.5) tests as evidence of English proficiency.
  3. Applicants are asked to submit a letter of motivation, 1-2 pages, where they should state the reasons they want to pursue graduate work, the issues and problems they want to address, and their future academic and/or professional goals, and a suggestion or outline for a final paper. Reasons for choosing the University of Iceland should be briefly explained.
  4. Confidential letters of recommendation (2-3) should be submitted. These should be from faculty members or others who are familiar with your academic work and qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management