Sustainable Aquaculture - online September 2024 entry

This programme is designed to develop students’ critical understanding of sustainability in aquaculture production. 

The programme is aimed at those seeking professional development while already working in or aspiring to work in the global aquaculture sector.

Start date
September 2024
Between one and five years depending on the level of study
School of Biology

Key information 

  • Modular, PGCert, PGDip, and MSc options are available for self-paced study.
  • An adaptive learning approach lets you focus on either or both vertebrate and invertebrate aquaculture production.
  • Start in September 2024 (PGCert, PGDip, MSc and Modular study) or January 2025 (PGCert and Modular study) 

Entry requirements

A 2.1 or higher undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant biological science or biotechnology (or international equivalent).

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements and the English language requirements if your first language is not English.

We will also consider applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree. In these circumstances we expect candidates to have at least five years of relevant professional learning. The Admissions team will holistically assess your application and determine the best route of entry for you. In some cases, this may be onto the PGCert in the first instance where students will have the opportunity to progress and graduate with a full Masters degree.

Application requirements 

  • CV or résumé
  • two original signed references (at least one academic)
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • personal statement 

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

English language proficiency 

If English is not your first language, you may need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability. See approved English language tests and scores for this course. 

Course details

What will you be taught? 

  • The programme will teach contemporary approaches to marine and land-based aquaculture, including operational best practice, engineering solutions, health and safety, animal welfare, and sustainability.
  • The programme will help you to understand how to embed sustainability in all aspects of aquaculture, from production to markets.
  • The modular course structure will allow you to tailor the learning material to your professional needs and main interests. 

How will you be taught? 

  • You will study using a combination of video lectures, online presentations, handouts, tutorials, guided reading, online discussions, self-assessment and problem-solving tasks. 
  • The content will be distributed over multiple weeks, granting you the flexibility to tailor your learning experience according to your existing schedule. 
  • Discussion forums will provide opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas with your peers and tutors.
  • All the course resources and reading material will be available via the University’s online learning platform, "Moodle".
  • Students on the MSc course will undertake a dissertation in sustainable aquaculture. Projects with an employer or sponsor are welcomed (subject to eligibility).


These fee levels are currently under review.

  • MSc £29,950
  • PG Diploma £19,970
  • PG Cert £9,985
  • Non-graduating CPD £1,830 per ten credits

More information on tuition fees can be found on the postgraduate fees and funding page.

Funding and scholarships

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


Career-enhancing skills you will gain

  • Develop an understanding of best practice in sustainable aquaculture.
  • Cultivate your leadership skills and your ability to reflect on feedback, manage projects, and persevere in the face of challenges.
  • Improve your understanding of aquaculture production, while learning to think creatively and to use your knowledge to formulate, design and develop innovative approaches to sustainable best practice.

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 us

+44 (0)1334 46 3401
School of Biology

Biomedical Sciences Research Complex
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9ST

School of Biology website