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MSc Aquaculture and Fisheries Science

Duration: 4 Semester

 

Objectives: The objectives of the program include the following:

  • To develop and build capacity in order to support economic advancement of Malawi and beyond, especially in the Aquaculture and Fisheries sector
  • To equip students with a deeper understanding of the theoretical framework underlying aquaculture and fisheries sciences and practices
  • To equip students with skills in articulating aquaculture and fisheries issues for public and private sectors, as well as, for international and non-governmental organizations.
  • To strengthen regional collaboration through recruitment of students from Malawi and the region.

Structure and content

The MSc in Aquaculture and fisheries is a two year thesis program with one year course work and one year research leading to a thesis.

Coursework

The course work comprises of total 31.5-32.5 credit hours of core, specialization course (one credit hour course is equal to 15 hours, two credit hours is equal to 30 hours, three credit hours is equal 45 hours, and four credit hours is equal to 60 hours in a semester, respectively). The areas of specialization include Nutrition, Breeding and capture fisheries.

 

Core (compulsory) courses

Students are required to take 10 core course and 2-3 specialization courses totalling at least 31.5 credit hours and thesis or project work of 10 credits. The courses cover areas of fish nutrition, biometry and computing, aquaculture systems, fish bioenergetics, water quality management, farm and agribusiness, fish reproduction, and Stock assessment among others.

 

Courses offered:

Core Courses

Year & Semester Course Codes Course Title Credit hours
Year 1Semester 1 CS603 Biometry and Computing 3
AQF604 Aquaculture Systems 3
AQF608 Fish Physiology 3
AQF609 Fish Genetics and Molecular Biology 2
AQF612 Seminar 0.5
Total 11.5
Year 1Semester II AQF603 Fish Nutrition and Feed Technology 3
AQF605 Fish Bioenergetics 2.5
AQF606 Integrated Aquaculture Farming Systems and Waste Recycling 3
AQF607 Fish Diseases, Parasites and Predation 2
AQF612 Seminar 0.5
AQF613 Water Quality Analysis and Management 3
Total 14
Specialisation Courses
Year 1Semester II
Research in Nutrition RDEC605 Farm and Agribusiness 2
AS612 Biochemistry 2
AS652 Instrumentation and Research Methods in Animal Nutrition 2
Total 6
RDEC605 Farm and Agribusiness 2
Research in Breeding AQF610 Fish Biodiversity 2
AQF620 Fish Reproduction and Endocrinology 3
Total 7
Research in Capture Fisheries AQF611 Stock Assessment and Fisheries Management 3.5
RDEC614 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 2.5
Total 6
Grand Total: Nutrition=41.5, Breeding=42.5 and Capture Fisheries=41.5

Learning outcomes

The objectives of the program include the following:

  • To develop and build capacity in order to support economic advancement of Malawi and beyond, especially in the Aquaculture and Fisheries sector
  • To equip students with a deeper understanding of the theoretical framework underlying aquaculture and fisheries sciences and practices
  • To equip students with skills in articulating aquaculture and fisheries issues for public and private sectors, as well as, for international and non-governmental organizations.
  • To strengthen regional collaboration through recruitment of students from Malawi and the region.

Recognition and Accreditation

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Program was approved by the University of Malawi Senate in 2003 after going through deliberations at departmental, faculty and College level.

Tuition Language

English