Master's degree in aquaculture


Program Description



This Master has been designed to provide the student with advanced, specific and multidisciplinary training geared towards academic training, research and professionalization in Aquaculture. It will provide students with the basic knowledge, skills and skills that will enable them to design and carry out research in the field of aquaculture, design, manage and control marine and continental facilities, assess their environmental impact and respond to R & D & I of the sector, implementing strategies that allow the future development of the aquaculture industry.

Why study the degree

Aquaculture is a strategic sector of economic development for Galicia that needs more and more day-to-day human resources of high level of training. There are already organizations such as the Galician Institute for Training in Aquaculture (IGAFA) that feed the labor market of excellent aquaculture technicians to different degrees, but both the industry and the administration need higher graduates that can mainly be incorporated both in companies and in Different public institutions (technological centers, research centers, universities, etc.) to perform R + D + i tasks in Aquaculture.

What is learned

This Official Master has been designed to meet the professional and research needs in all areas related to Aquaculture. To ensure its success, the Master's degree combines the academic, professional and researcher approaches. This is why not only the three Universities of the Galician University System (SUG) participate, but also all the social entities that in Galicia are involved in any area related to Aquaculture, including training centers (Galician Institute of Training in Aquaculture, IGAFA) , Research Centers (Spanish Institute of Oceanography, IEO, Vigo and Coruña, CSIC Marine Research Institute, Vigo, Marine Research Centers, CIMA, Corón and Ribadeo), as well as associations and clusters of companies such as the Aquaculture Cluster Of Galicia and the Organization of Producers of Mejillón de Galicia (OPMEGA).

Theoretical teaching is taught, through video conference, from the Faculties of Biology and Sciences of the three Universities, and in person at the non-university centers participating. The practical teaching will always be imparted via the classroom.

Structure of the Study


  • Biology of cultivable aquaculture animals
  • Biology of arable algae
  • Physiology of cultivable aquaculture animals
  • Genetics applied to aquaculture
  • Immunology
  • Pathology; Prevention and control
  • Water quality and facilities
  • Feeding and animal nutrition
  • Economic, legal and environmental management in aquaculture

Aquaculture production

  • Cultivation of macroalgae
  • Cultivation of microalgae and zooplankton
  • Fish farming
  • Cultivation of bivalve molluscs
  • Cultivation of other invertebrates
  • Toxic tides
  • Diseases in invertebrates
  • Diseases in fish

Biotechnology in aquaculture

  • Population's genetics
  • Genomics and genetic improvement
  • Biotechnological Applications in Aquaculture
  • Development of prevention and control tools
  • Development of diagnostic tools and epidemiological analysis
  • Quality, improvement and processing of products derived from aquaculture
  • Statistical applications to experimental design and data analysis
  • Phylogenetic analysis

Master's degree job

  • Master's degree job

Master's Degree Specialization

  • Placements
  • Initiation to research
  • New development project

Professional and academic outputs

Aquaculture is one of the food producing sectors with the greatest potential for growth; According to the FAO, is the only possibility of maintaining the adequate proportion of fish in the diet, since the extractive fishery maintains its productive capacity stable without prospects of significant increases of the same.

Currently, Spain has a healthy and fast growing aquaculture industry that needs highly qualified professionals. Therefore, the need arises to offer to the students official programs of masters where to be able to specialize in this discipline.

In addition, this master promotes the students' relationship with the companies of the Sector through the Collaboration Agreements (formally signed between the 3 participating universities and the companies - Conventional Centers) with 10 Big companies and Fish breeding centers, which offer About twenty jobs in business to attend the third quarter.

Recommended profile

The preferred degrees of access are those of a graduate or graduate in Biology, Marine Sciences or Veterinary, although this master is also open to other degrees related to the experimental and health sciences.

Common access requirements

Degree of Access:


  • biology
  • sea ​​science
  • veterinary

Second level:

  • Chemistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Agroforestry Engineering

Third level:

  • Other bachelor's degrees in experimental sciences

Specific selection criteria:

  • Academic file (weighting 30%)
  • Have previously studied the following subjects (5% weighting): biochemistry, physiology, genetics, microbiology, zoology, botany
  • Demonstrated knowledge of English (10%)
  • Full Curriculum (25%)
  • Professional experience (15%)
  • Research experience (15%)
Last updated Mar 2020

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