PGCert in Sustainable Aquaculture (Invertebrates) or (Vertebrates)


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Program Description

The PG Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture offers a range of part-time, e-learning courses at a postgraduate level with a focus on either vertebrates or invertebrates.

The Sustainable Aquaculture distance learning modular programme is 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 their employment.

The award of Postgraduate Certificate requires 60 credits gained from a selection of taught modules. The Postgraduate Certificate provides a shorter programme than the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Sustainable Aquaculture programme. Students focus either on vertebrate or invertebrate aquaculture species and have a choice of taking two out of the three optional topics.


  • Flexible modular e-learning allows students to complete their studies while continuing their employment.
  • The course uses an online e-learning platform with tutorial support, direct contact with tutors, video stream and access to student bulletin boards.
  • Students are able to specialise in either vertebrates or invertebrates.
  • It is also possible to study single modules rather than the whole programme.

Teaching format

Classes are taught through a combination of weekly lectures and tutorials and are assessed through a combination of written examinations and coursework.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.


Students will take compulsory modules for either vertebrate or invertebrate study.

  • Aquaculture and Fisheries: the global importance of aquaculture with fisheries industries worldwide.
  • Biology for Aquaculture Vertebrates or Biology for Aquaculture Invertebrates: the fundamental biology, anatomy and physiology of either invertebrate and vertebrate aquaculture species.
  • Health and Disease Vertebrates or Health and Disease Invertebrates: the factors that influence disease processes in cultured fish or invertebrates.
  • Nutrition for Vertebrates or Nutrition for Invertebrates: the anatomy, physiology and nutritional requirements of key fish or invertebrate species.


Students choose two optional modules.

  • Local and Global Impacts of Aquaculture: the environmental impact of aquaculture practices on both local and global scales.
  • Management, Husbandry and Sustainability: production management and business management of modern aquaculture practices.
  • Markets, Products, Processing and Food Safety: advanced knowledge of aquaculture markets, products, processing and food safety.

Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.


Graduates will typically pursue a career in higher level management, research and development or business development within the global aquaculture business.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Entry requirements

  • A 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant biological science. 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.
  • If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • English language proficiency.

The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
  • two original signed academic references.
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates.
  • evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
  • covering letter or letter of intent (optional).


Recent Graduate Discount

The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Last updated Apr 2020

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