The Sustainable Aquaculture modular course allows students to study individual modules from a range of part-time, e-learning, postgraduate-level modules which aim to develop students' critical understanding of the development and principles of aquaculture. The credits for each module successfully completed may be transferred and contribute towards a postgraduate qualification (PG Cert, PGDip, MSc) at a later date.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Advanced Welfare and Ethics: the welfare and ethical issues raised by current aquaculture practices.
- Aquaculture and Fisheries: the global importance of aquaculture and fisheries industries worldwide.
- Biology for Aquaculture: the fundamental biology, anatomy and physiology of both invertebrate and vertebrate aquaculture species.
- Biology for Aquaculture Invertebrates: the fundamental biology, anatomy and physiology of either invertebrate aquaculture species.
- Biology for Aquaculture Vertebrates: the fundamental biology, anatomy and physiology of vertebrate aquaculture species.
- Breeding and Genetics: selective breeding programmes and modern genetic techniques applied in aquaculture practices.
- Health and Disease: the factors that influence disease processes in cultured fish and invertebrates.
- Health and Disease Invertebrates: the factors that influence disease processes in invertebrates.
- Health and Disease Vertebrates: the factors that influence disease processes in cultured fish.
- Larval Rearing: the larval production techniques used in the aquaculture business.
- 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.
- Nutrition for Aquaculture: the anatomy, physiology and nutritional requirements of key fish and invertebrate species.
- Nutrition for Invertebrates: the anatomy, physiology and nutritional requirements of invertebrate species.
- Nutrition for Vertebrates: the anatomy, physiology and nutritional requirements of key fish
- Recirculation Aquaculture Systems: the use of recirculating aquaculture systems in modern aquaculture practices.
- Ornamental and Aquaria Production: advanced knowledge of animals produced for the ornamental and aquaria section of the aquaculture business.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
Students who take modules in Sustainable Aquaculture 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.
- A 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in 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.
- 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.
- English language requirements certificate.
- covering letter or letter of intent (optional).
There are many potential scholarships or support schemes available to postgraduates.
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.