Sustainable Aquaculture – Distance Learning (PG Cert) 2017 entry
The PG Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture offers a range of part-time, e-learning courses at a postgraduate level with a focus on either vertebrates or invertebrates.
Postgraduate; leading to a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
One year part time
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 certificate: £6,470
Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in January 2017. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- English language requirements certificate
- covering letter or letter of intent (optional).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
- Flexible modular e-learning allows students to complete their studies while continuing in their employment.
- The course uses an online e-learning platform with tutorial support, direct contact with tutors, video stream and access to student bulletin boards.
- Students are able to specialise in either vertebrates or invertebrates.
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. This structure allows students the maximum flexibility to complete their studies while continuing in their employment.
The award of Postgraduate Certificate requires 60 credits gained from a selection of taught modules. The Postgraduate Certificate provides a shorter programme than the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Sustainable Aquaculture programme. Students focus either on vertebrate or invertebrate aquaculture species and have a choice of taking two out of the three optional topics.
Classes are taught through a combination of weekly lectures and tutorials and are assessed through a combination of written examinations and coursework.
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.
Students will take compulsory modules for either vertebrate or invertebrate study.
- Aquaculture and Fisheries: the global importance of aquaculture with fisheries industries worldwide.
- Biology for Aquaculture Vertebrates or Biology for Aquaculture Invertebrates: the fundamental biology, anatomy and physiology of either invertebrate and vertebrate aquaculture species.
- Nutrition for Vertebrates or Nutrition for Invertebrates: the anatomy, physiology and nutritional requirements of key fish or invertebrate species.
- Health and Disease Vertebrates or Health and Disease Invertebrates: the factors that influence disease processes in cultured fish or invertebrates.
Students choose two optional modules.
- 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.
- Local and Global Impacts of Aquaculture: the environmental impact of aquaculture practices on both local and global scales.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
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After the Certificate
The University also offers distance learning Sustainable Aquaculture Postgraduate Diploma and MSc programmes.
Graduates will typically pursue a career in higher level management, research and development or business development within the global aquaculture business.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).