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Master of Science (Sustainable Aquaculture)

MSc(Curtin) - MJRP-SUAGM Science and Engineering
Location Bentley
Study method Part-time or full-time
Study mode On-campus, off-campus and mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 2 years full time

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.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

  • Recognised bachelor degree in science and have achieved competency in aquaculture or a related discipline to the level of second-year tertiary study, OR
  • 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.

Additional requirements

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.

English language proficiency

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

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $26,900*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 400 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

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

Credit for previous study

Credits for recognised learning may be granted if you have successfully completed an honours or graduate diploma in this field of study.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

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.

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.

More information about Sustainable Aquaculture