Master of Science in Aquaculture Science and Technology

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Science in Aquaculture Science and Technology

JCU offers internationally-recognised  postgraduate courses. You will train  in the principles and techniques of tropical aquaculture with focus on fish, shellfish and pearls.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years 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 Associate Professor Chaoshu Zeng.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

MSc – Aquaculture Science and Technology Major

Major code

MSC-AST

Credit point value

36 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

AQ5006:03 Aquaculture: Principles and Practices

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

OPTIONS

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

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 2

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

AQ5015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture

List 2

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

SC5901:03 Special Topic 1

AQ5015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture

AQ5021:03 Aquaculture: Special Topic 1

BZ5503:03 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

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Master of Science

Course code

106904

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

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 majors 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

36 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced level of scientific knowledge from with their chosen major

  • Critically analyse scientific theory, models, concepts and techniques from within their chosen major

  • Critically read and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings from within their chosen major

  • Apply analytic tools and methodologies to define and describe scientific problems from within their chosen major

  • Communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select a discipline area (major)

MAJORS

Type of major

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

36 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

 

Environmental Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

Environmental Marine Science

Townsville (Suspended 2015-2017)

 

Fisheries Biology and Management

Townsville

 

Marine Biology and Ecology

Townsville

 

Natural Resource Management

Townsville
Cairns 

 

Protected Area Management

Townsville
Cairns 

 
Tropical Biology and Conservation

Townsville

Cairns

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Approved abbreviations

MSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate number of credit points, may, depending on the subjects studied, be eligible to receive the award of either the Graduate Certificate of Science or the Graduate Diploma of Science.

Course articulation

Not applicable

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