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MSc Aquatic Pathobiology

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Human Biology / Biomedicine Fish Production / Fisheries

Course type


Course Summary


Our Aquatic Pathobiology postgraduate degree gives you a unique opportunity to study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of aquatic animal diseases in cultured organisms. You’ll study at the Institute of Aquaculture, one of the top institutions in this field. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students. This Masters in Aquatic Pathobiology has been taught at the Institute for almost 40 years and is the only postgraduate degree of its kind in the world.

The course combines high-quality, practical work and field visits with class-based training in aquatic disease diagnosis and health management challenges drawn from real situations. You’ll also develop an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species.

The course can also be seen as preparation for anyone who plans to do a PhD in aquatic animal health or disease.

The Institute of Aquaculture has received the UK’s most prestigious academic honour – the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2019. The honour recognises outstanding work that shows quality and innovation, and delivers real benefit to the wider world through education and training. It recognises our pioneering work in the world’s fastest-growing food production sector and our bid to tackle global hunger. Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.


Assessment consists of a number of assignments in a range of formats. The Research Project is graded on your activities during the project, your dissertation and a seminar presentation made in front of your peers, supervisors and examiners. The dissertation is examined by Aquaculture and an external examiner.


The module introduces the governance of aquaculture. Primarily this concerns national and international policies concerning aquaculture production, processing and marketing and how these are expressed in terms of regulatory environments and funded support actions. This involves consideration of social policy (health, food safety, employment, workforce development); environmental protection and natural resource use; innovation, trade and economic development; and food security including agriculture and fisheries production, animal health and welfare. These all interact to shape the way in which aquaculture might develop in different contexts. A further dimension is “market-based governance” where additional constraints and controls are imposed voluntarily by producers to meet standards set by non-government organisations in response to broader social values and consumer concerns.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.