Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology


The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Aquaculture provides a leading edge in this fascinating industry.

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The Aquaculture major combines a comprehensive study program with industry-focused, hands-on experience delivered through a wide range of subjects, including:

  • biology of fish reproduction
  • genetics of aquatic animals
  • applied finfish aquaculture
  • mollusc and crustacean aquaculture
  • algology and zooplankton
  • microbiology and aquatic animal diseases
  • aquaculture engineering

This major has a strong vocational focus to support solid theoretical foundations for the Bachelor of Agriculture and the Bachelor of Technology. The promotion of sustainable aquaculture development is central to the aquaculture stream.

Based at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping campus, modern industry standard facilities include the commercial aquaculture training and applied research centre, commercial earthen pond systems, live feed production laboratory and seafood processing facility.

A partnership for success

The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology is a unique three-year degree with major studies in:

This degree is offered through Melbourne Polytechnic in partnership with La Trobe University. Graduates will have their degrees conferred by La Trobe University, and degree testamurs will feature the La Trobe seal and logo.


Learn while you work! We offer a flexible delivery program in this major with online self-directed learning, workshop events and virtual evening classes. Ask us how this works.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.


For any additional information on the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, majoring in Aquaculture, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

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Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 6 years


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Entrance Requirements

Satisfactory completion of Year 12 (or equivalent), with a study score of at least 20 in English (any) OR satisfactory completion of Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent) OR relevant industry experience defined as professional engagement in the Agriculture, Viticulture, Aquaculture or Agribusiness industry for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level. Domestic students may undertake the course on a part-time basis.

Assessment Methods

Subjects are assessed in a variety of ways including exams, practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations and assignments


Youwill be required to purchase textbooks and notes and book lists will be available at enrolment

Pathways to further study

Graduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the aquaculture industry, in Australia and also overseas.

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
AGR1AST Agricultural systems and technology
AGR1FCW Food production in a changing world
AGR2AFA Applied finfish aquaculture
AGR2AIA Aquaponics and integrated aquaculture systems
AGR2ANN Aquatic animal nutrition
AGR2AQA Reproduction and genetics of aquatic animals
AGR2FFT Future farming technologies
AGR3AQE Aquaculture engineering
AGR3ENV Environmental management
AGR3MCA Applied mollusc and crustacean aquaculture
AGR3MIC Microbiology and aquatic animal diseases
AGR3RAH Restoration of aquatic habitat
AGR3RP1 Applied research project 1
AGR3RP2 Applied research project 2
AGR3SPM Seafood processing and food safety management
BUS1RBM Rural business management
SCI1AZ Algology and zooplankton
SCI1BIF Biology of fish
SCI1ECB Environmental chemistry and biochemistry
SCI1LAL Language and logic
SCI1LS1 Living systems 1
SCI2ECO Ecological systems
SCI2INP Industry placement
SCI2SED Statistics and experimental design