Graduate Diploma of Science, majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Science, majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology

A coursework program which provides training in the principles and techniques of tropical aquaculture with focus on fish, shellfish and pearls.

Start dates
February, July
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Career opportunities

A postgraduate qualification from JCU can enhance your career prospects, enable you to reskill and change careers completely, or develop a specialist area of expertise and personal interest.

A range of opportunities await graduates in the academia as well as in private and public sectors.

Aquaculture technicians, for instance, are involved in freshwater and marine farming, hatchery management and research into farmed species. They can be involved in research, equipment design, site development, and the harvesting, processing and shipment of products.

Graduates can also get jobs as research assistants or support staff for teaching. With a PhD, you can gain research positions (Postdoctoral, Fellowships) that are often funded for a few years or apply for permanent positions as a lecturer and researcher.

In the private and public sectors, opportunities exist in non-governmental organisations (e.g. Nature Conservation Agency), federal institutions including the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Environment Protection Authorities (EPA), to name a few.

Course overview

For more information regarding this course, please contact Assistant Professor Chaoshu Zeng.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


GDipSc – Aquaculture Science and Technology Major

Major code


Credit point value

24 credit points

Major Structure


AQ5006:03 Aquaculture: Principles and Practices

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Biology


Select 18 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

AQ5002:03 Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition

AQ5003:03 Aquaculture: Propagation

AQ5004:03 Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

AQ5007:03 Aquatic Animal Ecophysiology

AQ5008:03 Aquaculture: Systems Design

AQ5009:03 Aquaculture of Tropical Species

AQ5010:06 Aquaculture: Production and Evaluation Report

AQ5012:06 Aquaculture: Hatchery Techniques

SC5008:03 Professional Placement

AQ5015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture

SC5901:03 Special Topic 1

SC5903:03 Literature Review

SC5909:09 Minor Project and Seminar

SC5912:06 Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (1 of 2)

SC5913:06 Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (2 of 2)

LA5902:03 Environmental Law and Policy

LB5218:03 Business Plan: Application of Strategy

MB5003:03 Fisheries Science

MB5300:03 Sampling and Experimental Design

MB5310:03 Marine Reserves as Fisheries Management Tools

MI5003:03 Advanced Marine Microbiology

SC5055:03 Research and Communication Skills in the Natural Sciences

TV5240:03 Aquatic Pathobiology

Pathway into course

For prerequisites and pathways into this course visit the admission requirements section in the Handbook


Graduate Diploma of Science

Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in science or equivalent.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post Admission requirements

Some subjects require attendance at block mode subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus.  Students may be required to attend block mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more science disciplines

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Communicate complex scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and high level judgement

  • Explain and apply regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.