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MAJOR

Sustainable Aquaculture Major (MSc Science)

MJRP-SUAGM

TAUGHT BY: School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

N/A

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

In this course, you will build on your knowledge of aquaculture (fish farming) and develop your skills using new advances in the area of sustainable aquaculture.

You will cover many areas, including principles and practices in sustainable aquaculture, aquatic environmental management, aquaculture nutrition, food security, aquaculture technology, value-addition of aquatic products and climate change.

You will be prepared for leadership roles within the resource management sector and have the practical skills and knowledge you need to manage the operations of aquaculture, marine and freshwater farms, and hatcheries.

A sustainable aquaculture research project is a significant component of this course. Intensive study periods may also be available over the summer or vacation periods.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of basic biology of aquaculture species and conduct research to manage environmentally sustainable production
  • apply critical thinking skills based on sound research to analyse the issues of social and environmental sustainability faced by the aquaculture industry so that informed decisions are taken
  • locate, extract and interpret relevant evidence and scientific literature on health management of aquatic species; evaluate and synthesise evidence to inform decision making relevant to the sustainable management of aquaculture industries
  • demonstrate high quality written, oral and interpersonal communication skills in academic, professional and aquaculture contexts
  • select and use appropriate biotechnological innovations in the fields of environment, nutrition and health management to improve sustainable aquaculture productivity; use a range of information technologies to collect, analyse and disseminate scientific data and information
  • use lifelong learning skills to maintain currency to practice and sustain intellectual curiosity through research and scholarly activity; take responsibility for their personal educational development
  • recognise the global contribution in terms of biotechnology, management and scientific innovations in the field of aquaculture; consider environmental issues from a global perspective, appreciating that Australia is part of a global environment, and that there is an international need for sustainability and social justice
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in the practice of the biological sciences and aquaculture; work in a socially responsible manner to achieve the goals of poverty alleviation and social justice through sustainable production; value indigenous, environmental and other community perspectives
  • demonstrate initiative, leadership and ethical practice when working independently and collaboratively in a challenging environment; respect the responsibilities of scientists in society, both nationally and internationally

Why study Sustainable Aquaculture Major (MSc Science)

  • The Curtin Aquatic Research Laboratories (CARL) has been specially designed and built to give students a modern facility in which to undertake their research and learning.
  • Within CARL is three main re-circulation systems: seawater, freshwater and inland saline water. The facility also contains an 80-tonne mesocosm tank with viewing windows, postgraduate research laboratories, ecotoxicology and teaching laboratories and a fully functional marine and freshwater hatchery as well as quarantine, live feed and algae culture rooms.
  • You will be exposed to various advanced equipment and modern technologies in the area of sustainable aquaculture and biotechnology.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course provides you with high-level skills and knowledge that will be valuable when undertaking high-calibre research and development, and adopting innovations and new technologies.

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST).

Career information

Upon graduation, you will have a strategic advantage in advancing your career in government agencies responsible for fisheries or natural resource management, environmental management, or in private companies whose operations use freshwater and marine resources in a sustainable manner.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

  • A recognised bachelor degree in science and have achieved competency in aquaculture or a related discipline to the level of second-year tertiary study, OR
  • A recognised bachelor degree with honours in a related field or graduate diploma in a related field. Applicants via this pathway may be eligible for credit for recognised learning.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Course prerequisites

You must have a bachelor degree in science, preferably biology, and/or have achieved competency in aquaculture or a related discipline to the level of second year tertiary study.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Those without a background in research methodology will be required to complete an additional research methodology unit. You may also be expected to complete appropriate bridging units in areas relevant to your research topic.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please visit the course for more information and how to apply.

Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-SUAGM
  • This offering was last updated on: September 12, 2018