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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Agriculture

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    MSc: £20,370; PGDip £13,580; PGCert £6,790 (for January 2017 entry, tuition fees are £6,470); Non-graduating CPD: £1,250 per 10-credit module

  • Last Updated

    11 October 2017

Course content

The course structure is modular and taught part time via an e-learning platform allowing students the maximum flexibility to complete their studies while continuing in their employment.

The programme is taught by a series of scientific and professional experts from within the aquaculture industry and course material is made available to registered students through the TheFishSite.com. Online tutorial support, direct e-mail contact with tutors and access to student bulletin boards are features of the e-learning strategies employed. Each module consists of a series of lectures, tutorials, discussions and case studies delivered online. Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment during each module and by an end of module examination, also delivered online.

Programme Structure

The award of Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits gained from taught modules over an 18 month period consisting of a series of compulsory core modules and a choice of optional modules matched to students’ specific interests.

Core modules Credits

BL4801 Aquaculture and Fisheries 10

BL4802 Biology for Aquaculture 20

BL5801 Nutrition 20

BL5802 Management, husbandry and sustainability 10

BL5803 Health and disease 20

BL5804 Markets, products, processing & food safety 10

BL5805 Local and global impacts of aquaculture 10

Optional modules (two topics from five) Credits

BL5821 Breeding and genetics 10

BL5822 Welfare and ethics 10

BL5823 Recirculation aquaculture systems 10

BL5824 Ornamental and aquaria production 10

BL5825 Larval rearing 10

The award of MSc requires 180 credits including 120 credits gained from taught modules (as for the Postgraduate Diploma) and 60 credits for a research dissertation (BL5899 Sustainable Aquaculture Research Dissertation). Entry into MSc requires students to have completed the Postgraduate Diploma and to have achieved satisfactory grades according to University regulations


Visit the Postgraduate Diploma & MSc Sustainable Aquaculture page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

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