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Sustainable Aquaculture – distance learning (modular course) 2021 entry

The Sustainable Aquaculture modular courses allow students to study individual modules from a range of part-time, e-learning, postgraduate-level modules which aim to develop students' critical understanding of the development and principles of aquaculture. 

Sustainable Aquaculture is also offered as a degree programme. See the Sustainable Aquaculture PGDip/MSc or the Sustainable Aquaculture Postgraduate Certficiate course pages for more information.

Applications open in autumn

Applications for this programme are not yet open, but will be available early autumn 2020. Please register your interest to find out more about this programme.

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Course type

Postgraduate

Course dates

The modular courses start in September and January of each academic year.

  • September start date: 6 September 2021
  • January start date: 26 January 2022

Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

8 to 12 weeks part time, depending on the modules chosen for study.

Entry requirements

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Tuition fees

2021 fees have not yet been set for this course. For the 2020 fees, please check the fees web page.

Application deadline

Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language)
  • covering letter or letter of intent (optional).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

The Sustainable Aquaculture distance learning modular programme is taught part time via an online e-learning platform offering online tutorial support, direct email contact with tutors, video streams and access to student bulletin boards.

Highlights

  • Flexible modular e-learning allows students to complete their studies while continuing in their employment.
  • The credits for each module successfully completed may be transferred and contribute towards a postgraduate qualification (PG Cert, PGDip, MSc) at a later date.

Teaching format

Classes are taught through a combination of weekly lectures and tutorials and are assessed through a combination of written examinations and coursework.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2020–2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.

  • Advanced Welfare and Ethics: the welfare and ethical issues raised by current aquaculture practices.
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries: the global importance of aquaculture and fisheries industries worldwide.
  • Biology for Aquaculture: the fundamental biology, anatomy and physiology of both invertebrate and vertebrate aquaculture species. 
  • Biology for Aquaculture - Invertebrates: the fundamental biology, anatomy and physiology of invertebrate aquaculture species. 
  • Biology for Aquaculture - Vertebrates: the fundamental biology, anatomy and physiology of vertebrate aquaculture species.
  • Breeding and Genetics: selective breeding programmes and modern genetic techniques applied in aquaculture practices.
  • Health and Disease: the factors that influence disease processes in cultured fish and invertebrates. 
  • Health and Disease - Invertebrates: the factors that influence disease processes in invertebrates.
  • Health and Disease - Vertebrates: the factors that influence disease processes in cultured fish.
  • Larval Rearing: the larval production techniques used in the aquaculture business.
  • Local and Global Impacts of Aquaculture: the environmental impact of aquaculture practices on both local and global scales.
  • Management, Husbandry and Sustainability: production management and business management of modern aquaculture practices.
  • Markets, Products, Processing and Food Safety: advanced knowledge of aquaculture markets, products, processing and food safety.
  • Nutrition for Aquaculture: the anatomy, physiology and nutritional requirements of key fish and invertebrate species.
  • Nutrition - Invertebrates: the anatomy, physiology and nutritional requirements of invertebrate species.
  • Nutrition - Vertebrates: the anatomy, physiology and nutritional requirements of key fish.
  • Recirculation Aquaculture Systems: the use of recirculating aquaculture systems in modern aquaculture practices.
  • Ornamental and Aquaria Production: advanced knowledge of animals produced for the ornamental and aquaria section of the aquaculture business.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

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Funding

Recent Graduate DiscountThe University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

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Further study

Postgraduate degrees

The credits for each module successfully completed may be transferred and contribute towards a postgraduate qualification at a later date. See the Sustainable Aquaculture PGDip/MSc and Sustainable Aquaculture PG Cert course pages for more information about postgraduate degrees in Sustainable Aquaculture.

Careers

Students who take modules in Sustainable Aquaculture will typically pursue a career in higher level management, research and development or business development within the global aquaculture business.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

"I have a full-time job, besides studying on this distance learning course, but I believe this time spent in broadening my field of knowledge will be beneficial for my career."

Maurice
Maurice
- 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

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Curriculum development

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Tuition fees

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