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Why choose this degree?

  • Taught by industry experts who are research active and have strong national and international links
  • Benefit from the onsite husbandry, rearing and extensive research facilities of the Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre and the Aquatic Research and Conservation Centre
  • Enjoy excellent access to exclusive sports fisheries in southern England as well as onsite fishery and stocks of sports fish

View the current programme specification

View the upcoming 2017-18 programme specification

What will I learn?

Building on a strong science foundation, the course is designed to expand your knowledge of the husbandry and rearing of many global aquaculture species and refine your research techniques in applied aquaculture, sports fisheries and sustainable fisheries management.

In addition to traditional lectures and seminars, units are delivered using the practical resources of our Aquatic Research and Conservation Centre, the only teaching facility of its kind in the UK, Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre and College fishery, industry-specific software and databases, conference attendance, guest speakers and offsite visits. Links are encouraged to external organisations, commercial companies and collaborative research projects. 

How will I be assessed?

Units are assessed by a mixture of coursework including posters, presentations and written assignments plus an original dissertation requiring independent research and formal write-up. You will be encouraged to submit written papers for publication in appropriate industry related journals. 

Where can I go from here?

Typical employment destinations include technical roles in aquaculture, sport fishery consultants, government fishery scientists for organisations such as Cefas and the Environment Agency. Alternatively, you may choose to continue with doctorate research.

Units Covered

  • Applied Aquaculture
  • Sports Fishery Management
  • Sustainable Fisheries Management
  • Research Toolkit
  • Research Project

Postgraduate Funding

The government has introduced postgraduate loans for those undertaking postgraduate study, so now you can afford to study at the next level. Find out more here.


Visit the MSc Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries (Full-time) page on the University Centre Sparsholt website for more details!

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