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Science (Aquaculture)

The postgraduate aquaculture program develops an understanding of aquaculture principles and practices in a wide variety of fields. These include nutrition, water quality, reproduction, genetics, hatchery management, ecology, physiology, husbandry, production, health management, disease control, product quality, aquaculture systems, aquaculture technology, experimental design, statistics for biology, fisheries biology, management, and bio-business.

The courses draw on expertise from key industry figures in South Australia who serve on an industry consultative committee. Linked with these courses are work placements in tuna, yellowtail kingfish, oyster, abalone, mussel and freshwater crayfish sites. Flinders University is involved in research shared with Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).

Quick Facts

Duration: 2 years
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $38,000
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
CRICOS code: 082818A
Delivery mode: On campus

The program involves practicals in laboratories, aquaria and tanks, aquaculture professionals and a flexible choice of elective topics available from different disciplines.

What you will study

The program provides you with an understanding of global aquaculture through a combination of theoretical coursework and technical practicals and will develop independent thinking and problem-solving skills within aquaculture. Topics cover areas such as aquaculture systems, aquaculture technology, water quality, product quality, plant diversity, algal diversity, and economics for business. Masters comprises coursework and an industrial work placement.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Graduates are suitable for careers in acquaculture systems and technology, health and genetics.

Potential occupations include:

  • aquaculture development officer
  • aquaculture consultant
  • aquaculture research scientist
  • aquaculture development officer
  • aquarist
  • business manager
  • farm manager
  • hatchery manager
  • laboratory manager/ technician
  • specialist (nutrition/ health genetics)
  • technical officer.