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Postgraduate Diploma & MSc Sustainable Aquaculture

Course Description

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!

(Student Profile)

Bonnie Waycott

3666.JPG I chose the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture with St Andrews because it allowed me to study a marine-related subject (something that has interested me greatly over the years) despite having no background or formal qualifications in science.

I did worry whether I could strike a balance between work and study but the course was very self-paced, and having 24-hour access to the online portal meant I could study in line with my everyday schedule and go over certain parts of the course in my own time before moving on. My tutors were extremely approachable and supportive - flexible with deadlines and always available to help and answer questions. I found this very encouraging and reassuring.

TheFishSite.com was very accessible and full of useful information on webinars, aquaculture-related events and recommended books. I was particularly impressed with the webinar content, feature stories and articles and the many viewpoints of industry experts.

Bonnie has since progressed to study our MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture.


Entry Requirements

1. An upper second class honours degree in Biological Science or other relevant discipline from a U.K. university or its foreign equivalent or other appropriate qualification will normally be required. Overseas students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English as well as meeting the other entrance requirements. (e.g. IELTS or a TOEFL score) is required see: View Website line with the University’s drive to widen access, entry will be offered following successful completion of the undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture in conjunction with additional evidence of relevant professional experiential learning (RPEL)

Last Updated

16 September 2016

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

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