Duration: 4 Semester
Objectives: The objectives of the program include the following:
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.
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.
|Year & Semester||Course Codes||Course Title||Credit hours|
|Year 1Semester 1||CS603||Biometry and Computing||3|
|AQF609||Fish Genetics and Molecular Biology||2|
|Year 1Semester II||AQF603||Fish Nutrition and Feed Technology||3|
|AQF606||Integrated Aquaculture Farming Systems and Waste Recycling||3|
|AQF607||Fish Diseases, Parasites and Predation||2|
|AQF613||Water Quality Analysis and Management||3|
|Year 1Semester II|
|Research in Nutrition||RDEC605||Farm and Agribusiness||2|
|AS652||Instrumentation and Research Methods in Animal Nutrition||2|
|RDEC605||Farm and Agribusiness||2|
|Research in Breeding||AQF610||Fish Biodiversity||2|
|AQF620||Fish Reproduction and Endocrinology||3|
|Research in Capture Fisheries||AQF611||Stock Assessment and Fisheries Management||3.5|
|RDEC614||Environmental and Natural Resource Economics||2.5|
|Grand Total: Nutrition=41.5, Breeding=42.5 and Capture Fisheries=41.5|
The objectives of the program include the following:
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.