The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Aquaculture provides a leading edge in this fascinating industry.
The Aquaculture major combines a comprehensive study program with industry-focused, hands-on experience delivered through a wide range of subjects.
Learn while you work! We offer a flexible delivery program with online self-directed learning, workshop events and virtual evening classes. Ask us how this works.
Throughout the degree, you will study a variety 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.
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.
Modes of Delivery
- Tuition fees per semester: $13400
- Tuition fees per year: $26800
- Academic: Australian Year 12 or equivalent, to include mathematics, and one of either chemistry or biology, OR
- satisfactory completion of a Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent), OR
- mature age applicants (21 years of age or over) relevant industry experience defined as professional industry engagement for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level. Supporting document to include a CV with at least 2 supporting written references
- English: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no individual band below 5.5, or Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
- Note:All applicants must complete a phone or skype interview as part of the selection process
Assessment MethodsSubjects are assessed in a variety of ways including exams, practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations and assignments
MaterialsYou will need to purchase textbooks and notes. Book lists will be provided at enrolment or course induction by the teaching department
Pathways to further studySuccessful completion means you can go onto significant post-graduate studies. You consider a Masters qualification in Agriculture or Aquaculture
Career PathwaysGraduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the aquaculture industry, in Australia and also overseas
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.
|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|
|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|
|SCI2SED||STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN|
This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7.