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Course Overview

Aquaculture is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, with an average growth rate of over 8% per year for the past 10 years. More than half of all the aquatic food species consumed are now produced from aquaculture and it is estimated that a further 40 million tonnes of aquatic food will be required by 2030 to supply the continuing increase in demand.

The aquaculture industry will face many challenges over the next few years to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The industry will require highly educated, trained and experienced staff to address successfully these key issues and to meet further anticipated future growth.

Starting in September 2011 the University of St Andrews and the TheFishSite. com will offer an e-learning Postgraduate Diploma and MSc course in Sustainable Aquaculture.

The course is aimed at those who wish to gain an advanced postgraduate level professional qualifi cation in order to promote their career prospects. Graduates will typically pursue a career in higher level management, research and development or business development within the global aquaculture business. The course includes aquaculture in all regions of the world and is particularly suited for those looking to focus on the rapidly growing Asian and South American markets.

The course structure is modular and will be taught part time via an e-learning platform allowing students the maximum fl exibility to complete their studies while continuing in their employment.

The programme will be taught by a series of scientifi c and professional experts from within the aquaculture industry and course material will be made available to registered students through the TheFishSite.com. Online tutorial support, direct e-mail contact with tutors, video streams, and access to student bulletin boards will be features of the e-learning strategies employed. Each module will consist of a series of lectures, tutorials, discussions and case studies delivered online. Assessment will be by a combination of continuous assessment during each module and by an end of module examination, also delivered online.

The next Post Graduate Diploma Course starts October 2012: For more information on the course and how to apply, click here.

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Programme Structure

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.

Core modules
Credits
BL4801 Aquaculture and Fisheries
10
BL4802 Biology for Aquaculture
20
BL5801 Nutrition
20
BL5802 Management, husbandry and sustainability
10
BL5803 Health and disease
20
BL5804 Markets, products, processing & food safety
10
BL5805 Local and global impacts of aquaculture
10

Optional modules (two topics from five)
Credits
BL5821 Breeding and genetics
10
BL5822 Welfare, ethics
10
BL5823 Recirculation aquaculture systems
10
BL5824 Ornamental and aquaria production
10
BL5825 Larval rearing
10

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 (BL5899 Sustainable Aquaculture Research Dissertation). Entry into MSc will require students to have completed the Postgraduate Diploma and to have achieved satisfactory grades according to University regulations.