PhD in Aquaculture

General information

Doctorado en Acuicultura


Introduction. PhD studies in aquaculture produce researchers who are equipped to face the challenges of developing all facets of aquaculture, from a standpoint of sustainability and with a mastery of advanced multidisciplinary techniques. Society needs research professionals with a clear vision of the need for R+D+I in order for aquaculture to develop in a sustainable way.

The aquaculture sector is developing within a framework of strategic prioritisation. World demand for fishery products continues to grow at a rate that cannot be satisfied by extractive fishing, making aquaculture the best alternative for meeting this demand in the future. Aquaculture already accounts for around 50% of world fishery production, thus making an important contribution to food safety.

Furthermore, aquaculture can also serve other purposes, such as leisure activities (large aquariums, aquariology, sport fishing, etc.), obtaining raw materials for industrial use (pharmaceutical products, foods, fuel, etc.) or environmental protection (repopulation, biological purification, etc.). The diversity of species, farming systems, locations and purposes creates a need for knowledge from across many disciplines and to a high degree of specialisation.

Aquaculture continues to be a growth sector, one that is necessary to maintain fish supplies in the coming decades. In the nearest area of influence, one of Catalonia's strengths, as well as that of primary production, is its aquaculture-related industries (vaccines, quality control, etc.), in which it can exploit its technological potential. But Catalonia's main strength lies in the generation of knowledge and innovation.

In this respect, Catalan research work in aquaculture is organised within the XRAq network (Reference Network for Research and Development in Aquaculture). The XRAq is made up of the research groups from the two universities that launched it, together with the IRTA (Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology) and the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council). This wide and well-established network for research into various areas of aquaculture gives the PhD programme a great capacity for training researchers.

Improving competitiveness in aquaculture in Spain and in Catalonia requires specialised, multidisciplinary and innovative training.

Improving competitiveness in aquaculture in Spain and in Catalonia requires specialised, multidisciplinary and innovative training. This is the basic tenet of the PhD programme in Aquaculture, through which the university offers advanced training in aquaculture in order to help develop the sector. This PhD programme offers training that can meet the needs for research and development of both the primary sector and associated services, thanks to the complementary nature of the research areas of both universities.

The purpose of the programme is to train up researchers in aquaculture who are able to conduct and lead research and innovation in research departments in both the private sector (improvements in production of aquatic organisms, production of feeds, medicines and vaccines, etc.) and the public sector (national and international projects).

The programme aims to provide its students with the  tools they need to conduct research in Aquaculture as they work on the doctoral thesis they will eventually present and defend. Therefore, the programme includes research training that is both transferrable and specific to the area of each programme and consists of both compulsory and optional activities.

The doctoral thesis can be written in any of the following languages: Spanish, Catalan, English.

Activities

  • Giving a yearly seminar on the research project
  • Oral presentations or posters at national or international conferences
  • Research paper sent to a high-impact scientific journal
  • Research stays in public or private centres, at home or abroad
  • Training activities to improve comprehension of the field of study (optional)

Lines of research

  • ​Physiology of growth and development in fish
  • Molecular and cellular physiology in fish
  • Pathology (parasitology) of farmed and wild animals
  • Nutrition and feeding in fish
  • Production in marine aquaculture
  • Effects of stress and immunodepression in fish
  • Energetics and intermediate metabolism in fish
  • Impact assessment using health bioindicators in fish
  • Immunology in fish
  • Endocrine regulation in aquatic organisms.
Learning outcome:

Professional opportunities. This PhD programme provides the following principal career options:

  • Research in R&D departments in the public or private sector in the areas of:
    • aquaculture production,
    • feed production for aquatic organisms,
    • pharmaceutical industry (medicines and vaccines for aquatic organisms),
    • quality control and processing of fishery products.
  • Creation of companies and consultancies related to aquaculture.
  • Management of installations for aquaculture production or aquariology.
  • Project execution, including international cooperation.
  • Training.
  • Administration: work related to different areas of aquaculture, such as animal health or management of resources and the environment.
Objective:

Improving competitiveness in aquaculture in Spain and in Catalonia requires specialised, multidisciplinary and innovative training. This is the basic tenet of the PhD programme in Aquaculture, through which the university offers advanced training in aquaculture in order to help develop the sector.

This PhD programme offers training that can meet the needs for research and development of both the primary sector and associated services, thanks to the complementary nature of the research areas of both universities.

The purpose of the PhD programme in Aquaculture is to train up researchers in aquaculture who are able to conduct and lead research and innovation in research  departments in both the private sector (improvements in production of aquatic organisms, production of feeds, medicines and vaccines, etc.) and the public sector (national and international projects).

The programme aims to provide its students with the  tools they need to conduct research in Aquaculture as  they work on the doctoral theses they will eventually present and defend.

Contact Person: Doctoral School (ep.doctorat@uab.cat)

Content

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

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

Venue

Venue: Autonomous University of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Application


Cost:

Approximately 540 €/year. More information is available here.


Prerequisites:

Candidate profile. In general terms, to gain admission to the PhD programme in Aquaculture, applicants must hold the official Spanish bachelor's degree or equivalent, or a degree related to life sciences, health sciences, agricultural engineering or similar, and a master's degree in aquaculture or a similar qualification from a higher education institution of the EHEA for studies of the same duration as the master's degree.


Application Procedure:

Candidates wishing to apply for a PhD programme must apply to the academic tribunal of the programme and follow the procedure established by the programme coordinator or administrator. At the time of application the academic tribunal of the programme will assign the candidate an academic tutor, who is a PhD lecturer at the UAB with accredited research experience and who belongs to the doctorate programme applied for. 

Candidates must also present documentation that is necessary for admission. The documents may be presented in Catalan, Spanish or English.

PhD application for admission application and thesis proposal form RD 99/2011

The pre-admission period for this PhD programme is as follows:

  • Normal admission and registration period: October to December
  • This PhD programme may consider pre-admission outside this period.

Grant Opportunities:

The UAB has a search tool (UABsearcher) that offers information about grants, awards and subsidies for the university community. This search tool does not only include information about the UAB but also other institutions that may be of interest.

Qualification

Academic level: PhD
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