Food from aquatic systems is essential for much of the world’s population. However, with wild catches of seafood declining in many places, aquaculture is playing an increasing role as an alternative source of high-quality, nutritious food - and as an employer. Controlling disease is important to the ongoing success of this industry.
This Masters in Aquatic Veterinary Studies provides you with training in the wide range of disciplines and skills you need for the investigation, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases. You’ll develop an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species, as well as specialist expertise in aquatic animal diseases.
You’ll study at the Institute of Aquaculture, one of the top institutions in this field. It’s internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students.
The Institute has over 40 years of experience in investigating and controlling fish and shrimp diseases worldwide, which it uses to improve your problem-solving skills, ultimately equipping you to make a real contribution to the sustainability of aquaculture.
The course can also be seen as preparation for anyone who plans to undertake a PhD in the area of aquatic animal health or disease.
Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and many different countries. Some may have prior experience in general veterinary practice; others already have some experience in fish health laboratories.
Top reasons to study with us
#1 We’re top 5 in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF2014)
#2 You’ll study at the Institute of Aquaculture, a leading international centre devoted to aquaculture science
#3 You’ll gain the skills you need for the investigation, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases
The full Master's course for each degree outcome is divided into six taught modules, containing 12 subject areas, or topics, and a single research project module. The overall course is divided into three parts:
Foundation modules (September to December)
There are six compulsory topics of study within three taught modules, taken consecutively, giving instruction in basic aquaculture concepts and skills. Successful completion of all of the Foundation modules will qualify you for a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture.
Advanced modules (January to April)
There are three advanced modules consisting of six compulsory topics of study. Successful completion of the advanced modules, following the Foundation modules, will qualify you for a Postgraduate Diploma in Aquatic Pathobiology.
Research Project module (April to August)
The Research Project module involves research in many areas of aquatic animal health. These projects are mostly laboratory-based and often result in peer-reviewed publications. Successful completion of the module, following the foundation and advanced modules, will qualify you for an MSc Aquatic Veterinary Studies.
The course is delivered in a variety of ways, including lectures, practical classes, seminars, field visits and directed study.
There will be a number of field exercises throughout the course.
Assessment consists of a number of assignments in a range of formats. The Research Project is graded on your activities during the project, your dissertation and a seminar presentation made in front of your peers, supervisors and examiners. The dissertation is examined by internal and external examiners.
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Fees - 2018/2019
- Overseas £18,970
- Home/EU £6,300
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