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Sustainable Aquaculture - (UG modular course) September 2021 or January 2022

The undergraduate 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' understanding of the development and principles of aquaculture.

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Course type

Undergraduate modular course

Course duration

10 to 12 weeks part-time, depending on module to be studied. 

  • September start date: 13 September 2021
  • January start date: 17 January 2022

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

Entry requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.

  • At least two Highers, or equivalent, from the following subjects:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.
  • At least one A-Level, or equivalent, from the following subjects:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability. Find out more about English language requirements.

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

You do not need previous knowledge of sustainable aquaculture to apply.

General entry requirements

All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.

SQA qualifications

SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing science
  • Geography
  • Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology.

GCSE qualifications

GSCE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GSCE (5) from the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology.

Other qualifications

More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.

How to apply

To apply, you will need to email the following to Mrs Katrina Gatherum at pgtaughtbiology@st-andrews.ac.uk:

Course information

The undergraduate Sustainable Aquaculture modular courses are delivered part-time through distance learning. The modules are delivered by the School of Biology and normally takes 10 to 12 weeks to complete.

Each module is divided into a series of topics with associated assessments, tutorials and case studies. There will be a monitored examination at the end of each module.

Students can expect to spend four to six hours studying per topic, per week. New topics are published weekly, but do not necessarily need to be completed in the week they are published. 

Modules

Students may choose from:

  • The Global Aquaculture Industry BL1801 (10 credits): introduces the concept and definition of aquaculture and describes the global industry in the main production regions. Also considers the concept of sustainability, outlining the major environmental, social and economic factors contributing to this.

  • Fish and Invertebrate Biology BL2802 (10 credits): addresses the essential aspects of fish and invertebrate biology, including the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory, respiratory, nervous, digestive, sensory, endocrine and reproductive systems. The module also looks at the life cycle of invertebrate and vertebrate aquaculture species.

  • Aquaculture: Products and Markets BL2803 (10 credits): provides an understanding of the diversity of species, value of markets and the global trade of aquaculture products for finfish and invertebrates, including the importance of value added and niche products.

  • Aquaculture Nutrition BL2804 (10 credits): provides an introduction to the anatomy, physiology and nutritional requirements of key fish and invertebrate species. It also assesses the sustainability of feed production technology and discusses the relationship between nutrition and fish health.

  • Aquaculture Health BL2805 (10 credits): provides an introduction to the disease processes in cultured fish and invertebrates including viral, bacterial, parasitic and non-infectious disease. The module also looks at the importance of management in minimising the impact of disease and optimising cultured species welfare and sustainability.

Teaching

Teaching format

Modules are taught through the use of an online e-learning platform with:

  • tutorial support
  • direct contact with tutors
  • video streams
  • access to student bulletin boards. 

The University’s student services team can help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities, long-term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities web page.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a combination of written examinations and coursework.

Undergraduates at the University of St Andrews must achieve at least 7.0 on the St Andrews 20-point grade scale to pass a module. To find out the classification equivalent of points, please see the common reporting scale web.

Meet us online

If you're interested in studying at St Andrews, join us on a virtual visiting day or daily information session to find out about our courses, how to apply, and to meet current students.

Virtual visiting days

Undergraduates

Our spring 2021 visiting days have now passed. Dates for our Autumn 2021 visiting days will be available later in the summer.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 entry

£1,465 per 10 credits of study. 

Funding and scholarships

The University of St Andrews offers a number of scholarships and support packages to undergraduate students each year.

Your future

Undergraduate degrees

Find out more about the undergraduate degrees in marine biology and biology more widely at the University of St Andrews.

Postgraduate degrees

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 postgraduate 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 as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills. 

Contact

School of Biology
University of St Andrews
Biomedical Sciences Research Complex
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9ST

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3401
Email: bioadmissions@st-andrews.ac.uk

School of Biology

Course Director: Dr Neil Hazon
Scottish Oceans Institute
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

Email: nh1@st-andrews.ac.uk

Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture Administrator: Mrs Katrina Gatherum
Scottish Oceans Institute
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

Email: pgtaughtbiology@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Policies

Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our admissions policy.

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

Curriculum development

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).

Tuition fees

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).