PGDip MSc Sustainable Aquaculture

General information

You should apply for this course if you wish to study Sustainable Aquaculture at a higher postgraduate level for both vertebrate and invertebrate species and already have a good first degree (BSc or equivalent) in a relevant biological subject. Alternatively, if you have been working in an area of the aquaculture industry for a number of years and wish to obtain a higher professional qualification to develop your career. 

Everyone can study the course at their own rate of learning but is anticipated you will need to commit an average of around 4 hours a week. This can be done at any times to suit yourself. The total duration of the course is 42 weeks, broken down into three, 12 week modules, with a 3 week break between modules. Each module has approximately 12 topics. The course will be taught using a variety of on-line tools and downloadable material.

The award of Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits gained from taught modules over a two year period consisting of a series of compulsory core modules and a choice of 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.

Programme Structure

Core modules Optional modules
Aquaculture and Fisheries Breeding and genetics
Biology for Aquaculture Welfare, ethics
Nutrition Recirculation aquaculture systems
Management, husbandry and sustainability Ornamental and aquaria production
Health and disease Larval rearing
Markets, products, processing & food safety  
Local and global impacts of aquaculture  
Learning outcome:

The course aims to develop:

  • Your knowledge and understanding of the principles of aquaculture and the diversity of species cultured, value of markets and global trade.
  • An understanding and critical evaluation of the development of sustainable aquaculture practices.
  • A critical understanding of the development of aquaculture at the global level and its relation to traditional fisheries.
  • A capacity to critically assess new aquaculture developments in terms of commercial, technical, environmental and social considerations.
  • Skills of literature searching, the use of open source material, and the synthesis of information from multi-disciplinary sources.
  • Skills in research design and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative techniques.
Objective:
  • Your knowledge and understanding of the principles of aquaculture and the diversity of species cultured, value of markets and global trade
  • An understanding and critical evaluation of the development of sustainable aquaculture practices
  • A critical understanding of the development of aquaculture at the global level and its relation to traditional fisheries
  • A capacity to critically assess new aquaculture developments in terms of commercial, technical, environmental and social considerations
  • Skills of literature searching, the use of open source material, and the synthesis of information from multi-disciplinary sources
  • Skills in research design and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative techniques
Contact Person: Dr Neil Hazon (Course Director) (nh1@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Content

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

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0831 - Aquaculture", "0831 - Fisheries", "0841 - Veterinary sciences

Venue

Venue: University of St Andrews
St Andrews, United Kingdom

Online course

Application

Open from 15 Sep 2016

Cost:

The course fees for session 2016-2017 will be as follows:

Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) - GBP 12,930
M.Sc. (additional 60 credits) - GBP 6,470
Total for M.Sc. (180 credits) - GBP 19,400

Fees are reviewed annually.

This will need to be paid to the University of St Andrews before commencement of the course. Payment details will be provided once your application has been accepted.

Alternatively payment plans are possible to spread the cost of paying the fees during the course.

If you would like to have a chat regards payment options or any other aspect of course please feel free to contact the course organiser, Neil Hazon, who will happily answer any of your queries.
Course Director: Dr Neil Hazon

e-mail: nh1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone: + 44 (0) 1334 463451


Prerequisites:

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. A satisfactory result to current University entry requirements in a recognised test of English Language competence (e.g. IELTS score or a TOEFL score) is required.

In line with the University's drive to widen access, entry will also be offered following successful completion of the undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture in conjunction with additional evidence of relevant professional experiential learning (RPEL). 


Application Procedure:

To apply for our Postgraduate Diploma/MSc course please see the "Application Process" pages on the University website - 
https://portal.st-andrews.ac.uk/postgrad-application/.

Places are limited so the sooner applications are received the better. It costs nothing to apply and you are under no obligation.

Documents to include with your application:

In general, your application will not be considered unless you submit:

  • A copy of your CV (resume)
  • Evidence of qualification Evidence of English Language
  • 2 references from independent referees
  • A cover letter detailing your motivation for applying, your suitability for the course and your background. 

Places are limited so the sooner applications are received the better. It costs nothing to apply and you are under no obligation.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

At the end of each topic there will be a multiple choice test covering the material taught in that topic. Results from these tests will form part of the continuous assessment element. At the end of the course there will be a final examination conducted online.

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