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Study aquaculture abroad

An in-depth guide to studying aquaculture as an international student.

Aquaculture degrees abroad

Aquaculture describes the breeding and harvesting of seafood, as well as the sustainable management of aquatic environments. It’s a subject that blends elements of biology, life sciences, conservation, and biodiversity.

As an aquaculture student, you’ll study a wide range of aquatic organisms including fish, mollusks, and crustaceans. You’ll learn about the principles and processes of reproduction, and will understand how to create optimal conditions for aquatic farming.

As the global demand for seafood rises, aquaculturists are under increasing pressure to meet the need in a sustainable manner. By studying abroad, you’ll see how different nations are attempting to keep their aquatic environments protected, and the challenges they face in doing so.

Aquaculture program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in aquaculture are studied over three or four years. The exact duration of your course will depend on where you study and whether you choose to complete an industrial placement. Placements are a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience and build professional connections.

If you’re planning to study in the US, you’ll major in aquaculture after taking two years of liberal arts classes. Your undergraduate program will last four years.

If you’re interested in continuing your education, you might consider a postgraduate qualification. Master’s programs take up to two years to finish, while PhDs usually take between four and six years to complete.

The elective modules offered as part of aquaculture degrees vary between universities. However, you’ll probably take core classes in these fundamentals:

  • Evolution and genetics of fish
  • Fish biology
  • Politics of the ocean
  • Aquaculture systems engineering
  • Hatchery management
  • Limnology
  • Aquaculture environment and disease
  • Aquatic resource management

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Aquaculture study abroad programs

Aquaculture undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in aquaculture

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    Aquaculture - BSc (Hons) University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,820 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Aquaculture - BSc University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,777 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,705 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Aquaculture and Fisheries - BAppSc University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,727 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,055 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Aquatic Resources - BA/BSc St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,343 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,436 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Biology: Fisheries and Aquatic Biology - BSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Aquaculture graduate programs

Master's in aquaculture

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    Aquatic Resources (Aquatic Systems) - MSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Fisheries & Mariculture - MSc Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,536 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Sustainable Aquaculture - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,583 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,850 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in aquaculture

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    Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology (Entering with Bachelor's Degree) - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future aquaculture careers

As an aquaculture graduate, you won’t have to cast your net far to find an exciting array of career opportunities.

Employers across government departments, conservation consultancies, pharmaceutical companies, and aquaculture production firms will be eager to secure your expertise. Here are some of the positions you could pursue:

  • Fish farm technician
  • Fisheries manager
  • Aquabiologist
  • Hatchery manager
  • Fishery officer
  • Research officer
  • Quality control specialist
  • Environmental sustainability officer

If you’re confused about what to do after graduation or would like some extra advice on how to land your ideal job, speak to your university’s careers office. Their free and personalized guidance will help you navigate the professional world.