Postgraduate - Aquaculture PgC / PgD / MSc / MRes | Harper Adams University

PgC / PgD / MSc / MRes


Year of entry


1 year full-time
2 to 3 years part-time

Start date: September 2018

Do you want to develop your technical fish production practice to postgraduate level?

The course

The aquaculture programme reflects the expansion of a modern industry that now supplies nearly 50 per cent of our annual world sea food production and is valued at $110US Billion per annum globally. The production of fin-fish and shrimp and bivalves is now recognised as one of the fastest growing sectors of agri-business and contributes greatly to our food security agenda. Among the most important fish species are salmon and trout in temperate regions as well as numerous warm water species such as tilapia and catfish. Carp and other freshwater fish still make up the bulk of fish production with Asia and China dominating in this respect. Marine fish farming of sea bass, sea bream and exotic species such as barramundi and grouper are also at the fore- front of aquaculture development. The programme will cover the major fish species produced globally and different type of systems in use.

Aquaculture relies on high quality feeds, good nutrition and various management strategies that promote optimum health and welfare of fish. Consequently a full understanding of nutritional requirements, feed formulation and feed technology is paramount to its success. It also relies on knowledge of genetic improvements of fish stock, disease recognition, diagnostics and treatment. Good governance and compliance with legislation and standards in food safety and production is critical to the producer, retailer and consumer alike. These are all at the core of a sound and sustainable fish farming industry and central to the ethos of this course. 

The programme will serve to offer a portfolio of multidisciplinary topics within a selection of specialised integrative modules to advance students’ understanding of the relevant biosciences underpinning fish farming.  This will be presented within a theme of mono-gastric animal production where there are many similarities of principle and scientific approaches. 

In summary the course:

  • Recognises the global context within which food production now operates.
  • Provides UK students with new insights into the global agri-food system
  • Covers the major fish species produced globally and different type of systems in use.
  • Will advance students’ understanding of the relevant biosciences underpinning fish farming.

How will it benefit me?

The course will:

  • Prepare students for a career in Aquaculture.
  • Offer vocational training in the area of applied aquaculture.
  • Prepare students for PhD studies.


The full-time and two year part-time courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan.

Entry requirements for 2018

For PgC/PgD entry candidates should possess one of the following:

  • Honours degree (at least a 2.2)
  • A good UK based HND or Foundation Degree, together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years
  • A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate or equivalent

For MSc entry candidates should possess one of the following: 

  • Honours degree (at least a 2.2)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent
Teaching and learning

Each module is usually delivered as an intensive short course, taught over a one week block, with a maximum of 5 days per 15 credit module providing in the region of 35 hours of contact time.

Teaching may consist of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical exercises, laboratory sessions, study visits or the use of guest speakers.

The PgC, PgD and MSc are offered full-time and part-time to allow those in work to study towards an award at a pace that suits their needs and time available.


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