MSc Sustainable Aquaculture Systems

General information

Aquaculture is now recognised as the fastest growth sector of agribusiness on a global scale – learn about this growing industry through a multidisciplinary approach, which places emphasis on sustainable use of aquatic and marine resources for commercial exploitation for food and products. You’ll discover the scientific rationale for improving aquatic animal health, production and reducing environmental impact and address the socio-economic factors.

You’ll learn about the scale and nature of the global industry and the challenges required to develop sustainable solutions. The programme reflects key aspects of fish, shellfish and algae production relating to modern aquaculture practices with emphasis on nutrition, feed management, health, welfare and sustainable technology. It also incorporates the socio-economic and geo-political developments in this expanding area as well as marketing and enterprise.

Learning is carried through specialised modules and packages. Teaching in the form of lectures is the core delivery. An interactive and seminar based approach will also be employed, with the use of advanced IT and CD/DVD material. Topics include: fish nutrition, feed technology, fish and shellfish health management, disease prevention and genetic improvement of stock for aquaculture; management of fish production, ornamental fish culture and global demand for aquatic trades in captive fish species; environmental and legislative regulations in different countries and the problems of aquaculture expansion in rural areas; economics of the marine environment; seafood processing; and a research project leading to your dissertation.

Core modules

  • Contemporary Issues in Aquaculture
  • Health and Production in Aquaculture
  • Postgraduate Research Skills & Methods
  • Research Project
  • Sustainable Use of Resources in Biological Systems

Optional modules

  • Economics of the Marine Environment
  • Food Systems and Sustainability
  • Seafood Processing - Current Perspectives
Contact Person: Dr Daniel Merrifield (Programme Lead) (daniel.merrifield@plymouth.ac.uk)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0831 - Aquaculture", "0311 - Maritime economy

Venue

Venue: Plymouth University
Plymouth, United Kingdom

Application


Cost:
  • UK/EU: £6.200
  • International: £16.000
  • Islands: to be advised

Part time per 10 credits:

  • UK/EU: £350
  • International: £890
  • Islands: to be advised

Prerequisites:

UK / EU: For entry to postgraduate level, you should possess a good degree in a relevant subject. You may also be considered if you don’t have recent formal qualifications.

INTERNATIONAL: If you are an overseas applicant you can check the compatibility of your qualifications with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements.

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5. 


Application Procedure:

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Apply using the online postgraduate application form. Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments. You will need the following documentation for both application ways:

  • Your fully completed and signed application form.
  • Original, or certified copies, of your qualifications to date, for example first degree certificate and full transcripts. 
  • Two references; at least one from an academic who has taught you. Both must be on headed paper and in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by your referees.
  • A copy of the information page of your current passport (inform us immediately if you get a new passport at any time before you come to the UK to study).
  • A copy of any previous or current UK visa.
  • Any English language qualification.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume detailing relevant work experience, if you feel it will contribute to your application.
  • Your personal statement.

Grant Opportunities:

The new Postgraduate Loan for masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. 
As part of a new government funded masters loan scheme, masters students who are under the age of 60 can now access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study.
The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas (excluding PGCE, PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes or ResM).
Find out more information on the new postgraduate loan.

International students. Scholarships are available for international students.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

Written reports and essays on contemporary issues. Examination by formal arrangements may also be applied where appropriate.


Qualification: Master of Science
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