Sustainable Aquaculture PG Certificate/PG Diploma/MSc


The School of Biology, the University of St Andrews and The Fish Site offer a range of part-time, e-learning and postgraduate-level courses in Sustainable Aquaculture. Detailed information about the courses is available on The Fish Site.

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.

aquaculture_2Each course structure is modular and taught part time via an e-learning platform allowing students the maximum flexibility to complete their studies while continuing in their employment.

  • Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits. This course is designed for students who wish to study Sustainable Aquaculture at a higher postgraduate level, with a focus on either vertebrates (e.g. fish) or invertebrate (e.g. shellfish) species
  • Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits. This course is designed for students who wish to study Sustainable Aquaculture at a higher postgraduate level and includes all aspects of aquaculture including both vertebraete (fish) and vertebrate species.
  • MSc – 180 credits. Students first complete the 120 credit Postgraduate Diploma course to a satisfactory standard and in addition complete a 60 credit Research Dissertation (180 credits in total)

aquaculture_3All our courses are aimed at those who wish to gain an advanced postgraduate level professional qualification 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.

For more information about Sustainable Aquaculture courses, please view the prospectus.