Our Aquatic Pathobiology postgraduate degree gives you a unique opportunity to study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of aquatic animal diseases in cultured organisms. You’ll study at the Institute of Aquaculture, one of the top institutions in this field. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students. This Masters in Aquatic Pathobiology has been taught at the Institute for almost 40 years and is the only postgraduate degree of its kind in the world.
The course combines high-quality, practical work and field visits with class-based training in aquatic disease diagnosis and health management challenges drawn from real situations. You’ll also develop an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species.
The course can also be seen as preparation for anyone who plans to do a PhD in aquatic animal health or disease.
Top reasons to study with us
#1 The only Master's degree of its kind in the world
#2 You’ll study at the Institute of Aquaculture, a leading international centre devoted to aquaculture science
#3 Combine high-quality, practical work and field visits with class-based training in aquatic disease diagnosis and health management challenges
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 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 Pathobiology.
The course is delivered in a number 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 Aquaculture and an external examiner.
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Fees - 2018/2019
- Overseas £18,970
- Home/EU £6,300
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