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Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 8)

Key information

Level of study:
Postgraduate
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: 21-February-2022
Campus:
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Course details

Summary

This one year programme is designed to build on scientific knowledge gained from your previous degree level study and give you practical experience to work daily in a marine environment.

If you have a science degree and want to work in the field of marine biology. This qualification is for you.

  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production industry in the world
  • You will work in a highly sustainable industry
  • Through the programme you will make contacts in industry and research that can lead to employment
  • You will learn to put marine biology theory into practise.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture will give you an advanced theoretical understanding and the technical and practical skills related to sustainable aquaculture practices. It will provide you with the skills to critically assess aquaculture systems. As part of an internship or in your existing employment, you will also complete an industry research project. This will encourage you to support the development of sustainable growth in the aquaculture sector through innovation. The programme has been developed in consultation with the aquaculture and scientific community as well as industry representatives. It is designed to be flexible enough to meet today's needs and those of the future, locally, nationally and internationally.

Structure and timetable

This one year programme will provide you with integrated study and research opportunities in the areas of sustainable aquaculture practice (30 credits at Level 8) and management (30 credits at Level 8).

These core studies are supported by a course in research methodology (15 credits at Level 7) leading to a full year research dissertation (45 credits at Level 8).

The aim of the research project is for you to initiate original research while working alongside existing aquaculture businesses and/or research organizations.

Career opportunities and pathways

Upon graduation you will have the skills and knowledge to progress to higher level Postgraduate study such as a Master's Degree.

You may follow a career path in New Zealand or overseas such as:

  • Aquaculture production management
  • Research technician
  • Specialist roles such as health management or feed management
  • Voluntary sector for marine conservation
  • Department of Conservation marine reserve ranger
  • Ministry of Primary Industries fisheries inspector or observer
  • Public aquarium curatorial staff
  • Business management in aquaculture aquatic environmental field such as environmental officer for local government.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or a Graduate Certificate or Diploma in a similar subject or relevant skills and knowledge acquired through appropriate work or professional experience.

English language requirements:

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have:

  • IELTS: Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

Special entry

Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience in a similar area, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager (or delegate).

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