The graduate study in Mariculture lasts two years, i.e. four semesters (120 ECTS credits). Upon completion of the graduate study, the student acquires the academic degree of Master in Mariculture. Finishing the graduate study, a student can opt for the postgraduate study Applied Marine Science.

Career prospects in aquaculture are multiple and primarily involve the possibility of employment directly related to production, such as cultivation, maintenance, feeding, fishing, transportation etc., but also those related to the management of spawning and farming centres. Smaller farming facilities in aquaculture are mostly managed by one expert in charge of the complete farming process, including company and financial management. Practical experience worldwide indicates that graduate experts in aquaculture may find employment in numerous accompanying services to aquaculture production, starting from the supply of equipment and food, the consumer sales of fish and shellfish, through to consultancy in commercial enterprises and in state institutions. Upon completion of the graduate study in Mariculture students will have gained the skills required for independent work on the introduction of new species of aquatic organisms into commercial aquaculture production.

The University of Dubrovnik provides farming facilities, utility vessels and specialist facilities for supervised practice in Bistrina (the Bay of Mali Ston). In addition, the University owns a research-training ships ''NašeMore'' and ''BaldoKosić'' which is a crucial component of the highest standards in the education of future managers of aquaculture facilities and research. MARIBIC – The Mariculture Business and Innovation Centre provides incubation facilities, as well as the renting of spawning and farming centres to young novice entrepreneurs. The University of Dubrovnik incorporate Institute for Marine and Coastal Research, involving a large number of scientists from the aquatic biology and aquaculture


1st year

  • Applied ichthyology
  • Applied malacology
  • Reproductive biology of aquatic organisms
  • Applied embryology of aquatic organisms

Optional courses

  • Mariculture, status and perspectives
  • Health in mariculture
  • Cultivation of larval and juvenile new species
  • Mediterranean fish and shellfish genetics
  • Physiology of stress and adaptation
  • New technologies in mariculture
  • Reproduction technologies in mariculture

2nd year

  • Fish farming diversification
  • Shellfish farming diversification
  • Scientific research methodology
  • Training and research
  • Thesis

Optional courses

  • Crustacea cultivation diversification
  • Echinodermata cultivation diversification
  • Cephalopods cultivation diversification
  • Cultivation of aquatic organisms in biomedicine and pharmacy

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