Fisheries Technology

Fisheries Technology is a BEng programme aimed at graduates wishing to work as a fisheries engineer—with focus on the entire value chain from biological production of living resources over catching to processing and management of fish and shellfish.

A large part of the study programme takes place in Greenland. This allows for close collaboration between the fisheries industry, local communities, and ARTEK – Campus Sisimiut— where the first part of the study programme takes place—and for utilization of the special conditions offered by the Arctic climate. Here, impacts from climate change quickly make themselves felt on biological production and fisheries, while the effect of fishing operations on ecosystems is relatively long-term.

This entails special challenges for fisheries technology and management. However, the study programme is not only aimed at work in Arctic regions, and it can be used globally. The study programme focuses broadly on developing and ensuring a sustainable fisheries industry—socially, economically, and environmentally.

What will you learn?

At Fisheries Technology, you acquire knowledge about all elements in the value chain in fishing and processing of fish and shellfish. I.e. the entire chain from biological production and fish capture to food products and management.

In addition to a basic introduction to the dynamics of marine living resources, marine biology, and oceanography, as well as basic engineering subjects (mathematics, etc.), the study programme comprises three academic focus areas:

  • Fish capture technology
  • Fisheries management
  • Processing of fish and shellfish

In addition, the study programme has interdisciplinary focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, which means that there is also focus on the development of the industry. There will be focus on sustainability throughout the study programme.

Programme structure

You will spend the first three semesters studying at the Arctic Technology Centre in Greenland’s second largest city, Sisimiut, which lies 50 km inside the Arctic Circle. You will be taught through field work here in the challenging Greenland environment by local experts and researchers from DTU. You will spend semesters 4 and 5 studying at DTU in Lyngby and Ballerup.

You will spend semester 6 in an internship with—for example—a fisheries company or an administrative authority in either Denmark, Greenland, or abroad. During semester 7 you will study electives at DTU in Denmark or at a university abroad. The study programme is concluded in semester 8 with a BEng project, which may also be done in Denmark, Greenland, or abroad.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you have ample job opportunities in the fisheries industry—in Greenland, Denmark, and abroad. Graduates may also land jobs with—for example—consulting firms or in fisheries research and management.

Danish students

Please go to the Danish website to learn more about the BEng programmes at DTU.

Twin campuses

Photo: Mikal Schlosser
BEng students at DTU have courses on our twin campuses:
• DTU Lyngby Campus
• DTU Ballerup Campus