Master of Science - Aquaculture

Flinders University

This degree is the only of its kind in South Australia and has the support of the fishing industry through the South Australian Fishing Industry Council. This degree aims to provide advanced skills and comprehensive knowledge in global aquaculture, and for students to use the knowledge in aquaculture nutrition, water quality, reproduction, product quality and health for the management of global aquaculture operations.

Course Fee:

Australian: $61,488
International: $66,000

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline of science other than in Aquaculture; or hold the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Science (Aquaculture) from Flinders University or equivalent qualification.


This is a 72 unit program where students must complete ten core (compulsory) topics and two option topics chosen from a range of option topics available. These topics aim to provide students with in-depth theoretical and technical knowledge in aquaculture and specialised skills in global aquaculture farming and practice; nutrition, water quality, reproduction, product quality and health issues; a well-developed understanding of aquaculture operations through a combination of coursework and practicals and the ability to apply them to the profession. It will also develop advanced numerical and statistical skills relevant to aquaculture; strong business management skills and the ability to apply a range of skills independently in the design of aquaculture facilities. To facilitate skill and learning development, students have access to aquaculture facilities including: six specially designed laboratories on campus that enable the culture of algae, zoo-plankton, fish, crustaceans and molluscs; more than 100 aquaria; and eighteen 10,000-litre outdoor tanks. Flinders also undertakes research and study at the Lincoln Marine Science Centre in the Eyre Peninsula which is the richest aquaculture region in Australia. One key benefit in this course is an extended practical experience through industrial work placement to prepare for future professional roles in Aquaculture.

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Study Pathways:

The course articulates the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Science (Aquaculture) and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Science (Aquaculture), and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Further information:

Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) or Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) (Honours) from Flinders University or equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for this degree.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00114A

Related Careers:

Aquaculture Technician,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park No info Yes Part time 4 years
Bedford Park No info Yes Full time 2 years
Flinders is a leading international university in Australia, distinguished by its boldness, vigour and imagination. The University has a record of excellence and innovation in teaching, research and community engagement.

While the main campus is located in the suburb of Bedford Park, just a short drive south of Adelaide's Central Business District and easily accessible by public transport, the University's geographical footprint also stretches across South Australia, Western Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Flinders has over 2,600 staff and more than 24,700 students, with over 4,500 coming from countries as diverse as Canada, India and Kenya. Its graduates are encouraged to be knowledgeable, to communicate effectively, and to develop skills to connect across boundaries and tackle major challenges.

Flinders has led the way in providing access to higher education for individuals who did not traditionally aspire to University, and offers a choice of pathways that cater to people from a variety of backgrounds.

Offering over 140 undergraduate and 280 postgraduate courses, Flinders prides itself on the quality of its programs and the attention given to the learning experience of its students.

Provider CRICOS: 00114A

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