Aquaculture for all

Modular aquaculture short courses enhance the St Andrews online offering

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GLOBAL - From September 2016, The Fish Site and the University of St Andrews will be offering a new range of modular short courses, for students wanting to target their aquaculture studies on a specific topic. They are also ideal for anyone who wants to pace their learning across a number of years.

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The perfect partnership between the University of St Andrews and The Fish Site already delivers a range of successful online courses which fit around students’ lives. Expert knowledge of aquaculture comes from St Andrews, having one of the oldest and best known marine biology labs in Europe since 1896. Coupled with the expertise in online platforms from, the courses are the leading online Postgraduate offering in the industry.

Over the past few years the courses have developed to offer Undergraduate to Postgraduate learning, all delivered 100 per cent online. The development continues as, in September 2016, there will be a new course option, modular short courses.

Talking about the development of the courses Neil Hazon, Course Director said: “The University of St Andrews and The Fish Site are very pleased to be able to offer students starting in September 2016 the possibility to study individual modules from our postgraduate courses on a ‘pay per module’ basis. This will allow students to concentrate on specific training requirements or aquaculture interests. Students will also have the option, if they wish, to join one of our postgraduate courses at a later date and gain the credits for the modules they have already completed successfully.”

Many students who study the sustainable aquaculture courses are already working in the industry. Matt Paget had worked in the salmon industry for over 10 years but was keen to extend his knowledge with a Master’s degree.

“Although I have several years of experience in the salmon aquaculture industry it has been interesting to further my knowledge in other areas of the industry and learn about the sustainability issues that they face. I hope to use my Master’s degree to find employment in areas of aquaculture that require a more extensive knowledge base, such as breeding and genetics or feed development.”

“Hopefully courses such as this will drive the industry to a more sustainable future,” Mr Paget added.

For many students the option of studying in a modular way will be far more accessible. Each of the modules on the Postgraduate Diploma will be offered from September in an individual modular format.

Some are 10 credit modules and others 20 credits. Students can opt to make up the credits to gain either a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma by studying the required additional modules.

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