MSc Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries


Course facts at a glance

Qualification: Level 7

Mode of study: Part Time

Interview Required: Yes

22/09/2015 - 03/06/2017 (2 years)

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One year full-time OR two years part-time

Introduction to the Course

Aquaculture accounts for more than half of the fish supply for human consumption whilst angling is the biggest single leisure industry in the UK with a value in excess of £4 billion annually. With the focus on a sustainable secure food supply for the future and a population with more leisure time available, enhanced knowledge and training is required by the industry in these two areas. Sport fisheries offer considerable subject overlap with aquaculture in terms of technical application, environmental impact, containment and predation, legislation and sustainability.

Teaching and Learning

The Salmonid Rearing and Trial Centre (SRTC) and the National Aquatics Training Centre (NATC) provide students with immediate access to the husbandry and rearing of many global aquaculture species together with extensive research facilities. In addition, the College’s close links with the UK aquaculture industry offer applied research opportunities. The onsite experiences for the sports fishery element of the MSc are supported by the College fishery and the stock of sports fish available in the NATC as well as numerous field site visits to local aquaculture and sports fishery venues. The College’s close proximity to many important and exclusive sports fisheries in Southern England will also provide students with unique learning experiences in the sustainable management of both aquaculture and sports fisheries. The teaching team at Sparsholt have a strong background in aquaculture and sports fisheries with specialisms in global aquaculture, fishery management and environmental biology.

Units Covered

  • Unit 1: Applied Aquaculture
  • Unit 2: Sport Fishery Management
  • Unit 3: Sustainable Fisheries Management
  • Unit 4: Research Toolkit
  • Unit 5: Research Project

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Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework including posters, presentations and written assignments plus an original dissertation requiring independent research and formal write-up. Students will be encouraged to submit written papers for publication in appropriate industry related journals.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Typical employment destinations include technical roles in aquaculture, Sport Fishery consultants, Government fishery scientists for organisations such as Cefas and the Environment Agency. Alternatively students may choose to continue with doctorate research.

Entry Requirements

BSc (Hons) in a science-related programme at 2:2 or above.

Learning Manager

Caroline James BSc (Hons), PGCE

Course Tutor

Neil Crooks PhD, BAQTS, BSc (Hons)


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