Master of Science in Aquaculture
Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
EUR 1,092 / per year **
01 Apr 2024*
Earliest start date
* Students who don't need a visa for Belgium: 1 April 2024 | Students who need a visa for Belgium: 1 June 2024
** European students (EEA-zone) and students from OESO/DAC recognised developing countries (lowest 2 categories): € 1.092 | Other students: € 6.540
Aquaculture is defined as the production of aquatic plants and animals for human consumption. Under the pressure of the increasing world population on the one side and the stagnating or even declining fishery landings on the other side, aquaculture is considered the only option to respond to the growing demand for healthy and sustainable seafood. Commercial aquaculture is a relatively young, diverse, and dynamic bio-industry with growth figures exceeding any other traditional primary production sector.
Modern aquaculture is a strongly research-driven bio-industry requiring constant innovation and highly skilled entrepreneurs. On the other hand, it is also a very diverse discipline with a wide range of involved species (plants, mollusks, crustaceans, fish), climates, environments (freshwater, brackishwater, marine), and exploitation modes (developing versus developed economies; subsistence versus business aquaculture).
The MSc in Aquaculture, established at Ghent University in 1991, offers a constantly actualized program that balances a broad multidisciplinary approach with in-depth research-based training. It prepares its students for fulfilling leading roles in scientific research, as well as in policy-making as aquaculture businesses.
The Master of Science in Aquaculture prepares you to become a highly trained and skilled expert who is able to exploit existing aquaculture potentials in a profitable and sustainable way and to draw and implement strategies for future development in the aquaculture industry. Graduates from all over the world will be able to act as key persons in their own local environment as the program strongly stimulates the transfer of knowledge between Europe and developing countries.
The programme is conceived along a gradient of increasingly specialized and research-driven courses across the four semesters of the two years’ programme.
- Semester 1: basic knowledge related to topics such as biology, microbiology, aquatic ecology, statistics is consolidated, broadened and deepened, in order to come to a homogeneous profile of the students.
- Semester 2 & 3: focus on specialized aquaculture-related topics underpinned by the expertise of the ARC (especially in terms of live food production and applications and larviculture microbiology). In this semester, students can take an internship in one of our many international partner institutes or companies around the world.
- Semester 4: dedicated to thesis work which is generally integrated within ongoing research projects, thus providing the student with a broader context of current research and applications.
Students advance their presentation techniques, communication skills and other generic skills through a variety of teaching forms other than classical classroom teaching (e.g. practical exercises; case-study approaches, group work, lab work reporting).
Scholarships and Funding
Flemish University Development Cooperation (VLIR-UOS) - full scholarships
VLIR-UOS supports partnerships between universities and university colleges in Flanders (Belgium) and the South looking for innovative responses to global and local challenges. It provides a limited number of scholarships for students entering the following two-year master's degree program at our Faculty:
- MSc in Aquaculture
- MSc in Food Technology
- MSc in Rural Development
The application and selection procedure for these scholarships is managed by ITC staff. You first need to apply for admission to the program of your choice.
Specific eligibility criteria for VLIR-UOS scholarships:
- Applicants can be no older than 35 years at the time of application.
- Applicants need to be a national AND resident of one of the 31 scholarship countries at the time of application.
Please contact the university for more information.
Ranking of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering:
QS ranking: position 7 (Agriculture and Forestry)
Shanghai Ranking: position 13 (Agricultural Sciences)
Times Higher Education ranking: position 47 (Life Sciences)
National Taiwan University ranking: position 21 (Agricultural Science)
Ranking of Ghent University
Shanghai Ranking: position 84
Times Higher Education ranking: position 107
National Taiwan University ranking: position 84
QS ranking: position 159
QS sustainability ranking: position 58