Program Organisation

120 ECTS • Taught in english • Start in August • 75 ECTS courses • 45 ECTS Master Thesis • All courses taught in modules • MRM Degree • Choose Thesis Topic and Location 

The program consists of 120 ECTS at the master’s level; this includes 75 ECTS in the form of courses and 45 ECTS in the form of a thesis. All courses are taught inintensive modules from August through June of the next year. Courses range from 1 ECTS to 6 ECTS and one to three weeks in length. Each ECTS is expected to involve approximately 25-30 hours of student work.

Teaching Schedule 2022-2023

The first year is made up of mandatory and elective courses from the teaching schedule. After the courses finish, the students’ attention moves to the 45 ECTS thesis. Students are free to choose their thesis topic and location. Theses are submitted for marking and defense in the spring semester the next year. 

The program covers a wide arc of ocean related environmental and resource management areas and students can specialise within on their interests using elective courses and with their choice of thesis topic. Students are welcome to take elective courses at other universities, with the Master’s program committee approval.

Students at the University Centre of the Westfjords are formally enrolled at the University of Akureyri and graduate with a MRM (Master of Resource Management) degree from the University of Akureyri. Studies however are entirely conducted at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður and are wholly supervised by the University Centre of the westfjords.