Sustainable Aquaculture – distance learning (PGDip/MSc) 2020 entry
The PGDip/MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture offers a range of part-time, e-learning, postgraduate-level modules which aim to develop students' critical understanding of the development and principles of aquaculture.
Postgraduate, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Master of Science (MSc)
The following course dates are for those planning to complete the PGDip or MSc in the minimum time required.
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 March 2022 (PGDip) or 30 September 2022 (MSc)
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
Minimum 18 months part time, maximum four years part time (PGDip); minimum two years part time, maximum five years part time (MSc)
- A 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant biological science. Entry will also be offered following successful completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture in conjunction with additional evidence of relevant professional experiential learning. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
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.
Postgraduate diploma: £15,400
Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- 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.
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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 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
- 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.
- Health and Disease: the factors that influence disease processes in cultured fish and invertebrates.
- 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.
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University's position on curriculum development).
Optional modules in the past have included:
- Advanced Welfare and Ethics
- Breeding and Genetics
- Larval Rearing
- Ornamental and Aquaria Production
- Recirculation Aquaculture Systems.
Students on the MSc programme complete a 15,000-word dissertation at the end of their studies. The dissertation involves the study of a defined problem within the field of sustainable aquaculture. Students are required to collate and analyse data and to discuss their results in the light of existing literature. In some cases, projects might also involve designing experiments or gathering data.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing the exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the taught portion of the programme and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
“I loved the modules and found them so interesting. At the start of the course, I didn't really have a huge interest in the business aspect of aquaculture, but I was introduced to this throughout the course I found myself really enjoying it which meant I have changed my direction more towards this. I am now employed building a large recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) which will initially serve as a hatchery for lumpfish and is set to develop into other species too. I am currently designing my second aquaponics system (having learnt from a lot of mistakes in my dissertation). All of this has been made possible thanks to the Sustainable Aquaculture course so thank you for setting me up so well.”
Euan (MSc graduate, 2019)