MSc in Aquaculture

General information

Aquakultur (M.Sc.)

The master study course aquaculture is a research-oriented university study course of a total duration of 2 years. It teaches core competences regarding marine fish aquaculture, sea-ranching and the aquaculture of aquatic algae. In addition, competences on economics, fishery protection law, environmental law and nature conservation law as well as technical plant operation are elaborated, enabling the students to process complex problems regarding aquaculture development and implementation.

The aquaculture of marine and limnic organisms is a diverse and dynamic economic and research field of increasing global significance. An establishment and extension of sustainable aquacultures requires competences from various disciplines, ranging from the biology of organisms over industrial production and technical implementation to legal bases and economically oriented marketing and operation aspects.

This permanently developing business branch needs highly qualified staff, i.e. persons who are, due to their broad basic education and specialised knowledge, able to look after aquaculture plants and to develop innovative concepts for future applications.

The master study course Aquaculture of the University of Rostock provides a research-oriented education and shall enable students to fulfill diverse requirements related to different fields of work.

  • The standard period of study is four semesters, the course starts in the winter term. Depending on the demand and our capacities, an application for the summer term is also possible.
  • The master programme is divided in compulsory and elective modules. Each student needs to complete 9 compulsory modules with at least 66 credit points and 3 elective modules with at least 24 credite points.
  • Internship: An obligatory internship has to be completed during the 3rd semester. Additionally, we encourage all students to take part in extra internships for further special training.

Compulsory Elective Modules: The master's course Aquaculture contains three fields of compulsory elective modules. Each studenten has to choose one module of each field and reach at least 24 credit points.

Compulsory Elective Modules Field I

  • Introduction to Business Administration
  • Technical Basics

Compulsory Elective Modules Field II

  • Water Analytics
  • General Business Studies: Strategic Marketing
  • Geo Information Systems
  • Special Topics in Aquaculture
  • Diseases and Parasites of Aquatic Organisms
  • Basics of scientific diving

Compulsory Elective Modules Field III

  • International Public Environmental Law and Marine Conservation law
  • International Public Environmental Law and Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Internship and Potential Employers: In cooperation with the Chair of Aquaculture, different employers are offering internships. Apart from private enterprises, public research institutions are interested in our students (e.g. the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde, the von Thünen-Institute in Rostock and the Max-Rubner Institute in Hamburg). According to the progress of the internship, the given task may become the foundation for the Master's thesis and may help making first career choices.

Learning outcome:

Our students develop competences for the following fields of activity:

  • Working as a scientist in the research and development of the different sectors of marine and limnic aquacultures (public and private institutions),
  • Leading positions in development-orientated sectors of the aquaculture for different aquatic organisms,
  • Maintain and evaluate production processes in the marine and limnic aquaculture,
  • Working in administration offices connected to the aspects of the production of aquatic organisms and fishing.

The master's course Aquaculture is a science orientated university programme with a duration of two years, where core competences of marine fish aquaculture, sea-ranching and the aquaculture of algae is taught. Further, knowledge in economical sciences, fishing, nature conservation legislations and the construction of technical facilities is impaired. Thus, our students are enabled to work on complex problems that occur in the development and application of Aquaculture.

Contact Person: Herr Dipl. Biol. Patrick Unger (


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0831 - Aquaculture


Venue: Universität Rostock
Rostock, Germany



Studiengebühren werden an der Universität Rostock nicht erhoben. Immatrikulierte Studenten zahlen eine Semestergebühr von aktuell 131,00€ pro Semester. Diese beinhaltet Beiträge für die Leistungen des Studentenwerks, die Studentenschaft und das Semesterticket, mit dem jeder Student den Rostocker Nahverkehr nutzen kann. Das Ticket gilt jeweils für das ganze Semester und umfasst den gesamten Innenstadtbereich Rostocks sowie die Fahrt nach Warnemünde und die Fähren über die Warnow.


Interested students need a Bachelor's degree in biology, agricultural sciences or in engineering sciences (preferably mechanical engineering or plant constructions). The degree should be graded with a 2.7 or better.

Students also need to be able to communicate in the English language due to the international orientation of the programme. The B2-standard according to the European framework of reference for languages proved to be sufficient. Here you can find more information about the language requirements.

Application Procedure:

No admission restrictions apply for this study course. You may enroll from 1 May to 15 July online. Further information are provided here

Applicants for the study course aquaculture should enclose a motivation letter and proofs of trainings carried out in this field to their application, if applicable.

We kindly ask you to indicate in your application letter which of the 3 specializations (biology, technology, economics) you will presumably chose. A decision is only made at the beginning of your studies.

Within the Specialization field Biology, courses like statistic evaluation procedures, water analysis, fish diseases and parasites, GIS and various e-learning modules can be chosen.

The Specialization Technology comprises knowledge about computer sciences, control systems, automation, fluid flow engines, materials and the calculation of sea-based aquaculture facilities.

In the Specialization Economics, skills on business economics, organization and human resources, marketing, accounting and controlling will be acquired that prepare for a later business career. This specialization must not be chosen by applicants with a first degree in business economics.

University applicants have time until the end of the first week of lectures to decide bindingly for one of the three specialisations.

Within the course of the introductory week special information events on the specializations of the master study course take place. For any queries, we may contact your subject-specific academic advisor at any time.

Foreign applicants have to proof sufficient German language skills. Proofs accepted by the University of Rostock are level DSH-1 or TestDaF-3 or an at least one year stay in a German-speaking country with a proven use of German language.

For complete and detailed information on admission requirements, please, refer to the valid examination regulations (ER)!

Grant Opportunities:

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Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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