The MSc/PGDip in Sustainable Aquaculture offers a range of part-time, e-learning, postgraduate-level courses which aims to develop students' critical understanding of the development and principles of aquaculture.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
Two years part time
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. See English language tests and qualifications.
PG Diploma: £12,930
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
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 in their employment.
Classes are taught through a combination of weekly lectures and tutorials and are assessed through a combination of written examinations and coursework.
The award of Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits gained from taught modules over an 18-month period and covers all aspects of aquaculture both vertebrate and invertebrate. The course consists of a series of compulsory core modules and a choice of five optional modules matched to students’ specific interests.
The award of MSc requires 180 credits, including 120 credits gained from taught modules (as for the PGDip) and 60 credits for a research dissertation of no more than 15,000 words to be submitted on a specified date at the end of the course.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
Students on the MSc programme will complete a 15,000-word dissertation at the end of their studies. The dissertation will involve the study of a defined problem within the field of sustainable aquaculture. Students will be required to collate and analyse data and to discuss their results in the light of existing literature. In some cases, projects might also involve the design of experiments or the gathering of data.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing the exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the taught portion of the programme and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.
SFC Funded Places
The Scottish Funding Coucil is offering a competitive £7,500 award, plus an additional £5,950 funded by the University of St Andrews, amounting to a total of £13,450 towards tuition fees for the duration of the two-year Sustainable Aquaculture MSc course.
Graduates may continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews. PhD students at the School of Biology at St Andrews have the opportunity to undertake a research degree in their chosen subject area where research interests span the breadth of biological science.
St Andrews graduates who have graduated during the last three years are eligible for a Recent Graduate Discount, which offers a 10% discount on tuition fees.
PhD studentships are offered by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
Graduates will typically pursue a career in higher level management, research and development or business development within the global aquaculture business.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).