Aquaculture is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, with an average growth rate of over eight per cent per year for the past ten years. More than half of all the aquatic food species consumed are now produced from aquaculture and it is estimated that a further 40 million tonnes of aquatic food will be required by 2030 to supply the continuing increase in demand.
The University of St Andrews in collaboration with 5m Publishing, owners of thefishsite.com, offer modular e-learning Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc programmes.
The programme structures
These modular programmes are taught part time via an online e-learning platform offering online tutorial support, direct email contact with tutors, video streams, and access to student bulletin boards. This structure allows students the maximum flexibility to complete their studies while continuing in their employment.
The award of Postgraduate Certificate requires 60 credits gained from a selection of taught modules. The Postgraduate Certificate provides a shorter programme focused either on vertebrate or invertebrate aquaculture species. The compulsory module topics are the same as the first four modules listed above, but specifically are focused on vertebrates or invertebrates. The Postgraduate Certificate is completed by taking two out of the three optional topics listed above.
The award of Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits gained from taught modules over an 18-month period and covers all aspects of aquaculture both vertebrate and invertebrate. The course consists of a series of compulsory core modules and a choice of five optional modules matched to students’ specific interests.
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. Entry into MSc will require students to have completed the Postgraduate Diploma and to have achieved satisfactory grades according to University entrance requirements.