Marine Studies (Aquaculture)

Marine Studies (Aquaculture)
Skills and Interests

You want to feed the world through sustainable and healthy food production.

Work Environment

Marine and freshwater aquaculture farms, hatcheries, aquaculture advisory agencies, government departments, environmental monitoring, fish health suppliers, consulting companies, fish food manufacturers, aquaculture equipment manufacturers and distributors, research and academia.

Program Location:

Marine Institute Campus, Ridge Road (St. John's)

Program Length:

21 credit hours (completed on campus) including a 12-week internship (completed off campus)


Memorial University Graduate Studies

Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  May 15. Fall Entry only. This program does not accept applications for the Winter or Spring semester.

For More Information:

Marine Studies (Aquaculture) brochure

Program Description

The global aquaculture industry is expanding as the demand for food proteins increases worldwide. Highly qualified practitioners with the knowledge and operational skills in production, management and governance in the aquaculture and related fields will be required. Designed for degree-holding students interested in specializing in the field of aquaculture development, practice and management, the Graduate Diploma in Marine Studies (Aquaculture) offers current and relevant knowledge, combined with technical and practical experience, to prepare graduates for a range of careers in aquaculture and related fields.

The program will provide a solid foundation in environmental stewardship, sustainability, animal health and husbandry, nutrition and feeding, aquaculture engineering and systems operation, and farming technology and techniques. Graduates will also be equipped to collaborate and communicate with diverse aquaculture stakeholder groups to achieve common goals.

Program Structure

The program consists of 21 credit hours of course work that includes a 12-week internship. In-depth coverage of the discipline through course work, lab and field components, as well as the internship, provides the opportunity to put into practice the hands-on, applied and management skills necessary for success in the program. The diploma may be completed on a full or part-time basis.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is on a limited and competitive basis. Up to two program seats per year are reserved for applicants of Indigenous ancestry who have met the admission requirements but are not in the top ranked candidates.

  • The applicant will normally possess a relevant second class or better undergraduate degree from a university of recognized standing.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree may be considered for admission. Preference will be given to those who have at least 10 years of relevant work experience and have successfully completed several years of post-secondary studies. Applicants who do not meet normal admission requirements shall be required to complete, with a high level of achievement, certain undergraduate courses before being considered for admission.
  • Applicants will able be required to meet all general admission requirements set forth by Memorial University‚Äôs Graduate Studies, including English language proficiency requirements.
What Faculty Say

This program affords students the opportunity to learn through experiences in the classroom, lab and field. It is all about learning through doing and creating a bridge for students between academia (theoretical) and the dynamic and innovative aquaculture industry (the practical). Smaller class sizes provide an inclusive and collaborative environment for students from diverse backgrounds and those with various learning styles.

- Dr. Jillian Westcott, Academic Director