Course of Study

Structuring of the Program

  • The master's program is offered with a focus on biology, technology and economics and is divided into a compulsory and elective area. In the compulsory area 10 modules with a total of 90 credit points and in elective modules with 30 credit points have to be studied.
  • The standard period of study is four semesters, the course starts in the winter term. Depending on the demand and our capacities, an application for the summer term is also possible.
  • The Master's program gives students the opportunity to spend one semester at a foreign university as an alternative to the examination and study plan as of the second semester.
  • In the third semester, a mandatory, two-month (large) internship takes place. The internship can also be completed abroad. In addition, all students are recommended to complete subject-specific or supplementary internships outside the university.


Compulsory Elective Modules

The compulsory elective modules open up the possibility for students to organize their studies themselves according to their own abilities, interests and desired occupational areas of employment.

The aquaculture master's program offers compulsory elective modules in the areas of biology, business management and technology. The module offer is complemented by two compulsory elective modules dealing with legal questions.

At the beginning of the course, students choose one of the three areas of focus and occupy at least 24 points of performance in this module. In total, compulsory elective modules have a minimum of 30 credit points.

Of course, students are also free to attend additional courses offered by the University of Rostock and, if applicable, allow this to be credited and / or recognized on the Master's certificate. The University of Rostock offers numerous interesting possibilities with its wide range of subjects.

For the elective modules, the students of the first semester have to register in the study office within the first two weeks of the winter semester. In the following semesters the registration usually takes place until the end of the lecture period of the previous semester.

Teaching and learning forms

Teaching and learning forms

The study-specific examination and study regulations of the Master's degree programme in Aquaculture determine which modules have to be completed in which semester (see study programme schedule). In addition, students receive a timetable for each semester in which the courses of all modules of the respective semester are scheduled.

The contents of the course are taught in different courses. The types of courses are characterised by the use of different forms of teaching and learning.

The following types of courses are used in the Master's programme in Aquaculture:



Normally, modules are completed with an examination at the end of the semester. Those tests are most commonly oral or written exams, but also assignments and presentations are possible. Dates for all examinations are scheduled during the first four weeks of the lecture free time.

According to the study and examination regulations of the programme, it is possible that certain exercises and tasks need to be fulfilled as entrance requirements for the examinations.

Entrance requirements can be: assignments, reviews on a certain field of study, presentations, reports, tests, exercises or participation in scientific discussions.