Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma


Gain an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species and specialist expertise in aquatic animal diseases.

Introduction

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to take advantage of both Stirling and City University of Hong Kong’s aquaculture expertise. Both institutions have come together to provide this course in aquatic food security that includes animal biology and health, nutrition, food safety, production systems and disease. The course is delivered by the College of Veterinary Medicine, City University Hong Kong with the opportunity for students to undertake their research project in Stirling at the internationally recognised Institute of Aquaculture.

This ground-breaking collaboration will prepare our graduates for a bright future, providing them with the best of both worlds: Stirling’s internationally renowned aquaculture expertise and City University’s new state-of-the-art facilities close to all parts of the South-East Asian market.  The demand for aquatic food worldwide is increasing significantly and at the same time there is pressure for more efficient production and safe food while taking into account the environmental and sustainability issues throughout the entire aquatic food value chain. This programme responds to the large global prevalence of aquatic products and the rising demand in the aquatic industry in Mainland China and Hong Kong.

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time
  • Duration: 12 months. Maximum study period 2.5 years.
  • Start date:

    September 2018

  • Course Director: Prof Michael Reichel, Veterinarian, PhD, FACVSc, FRCVS
  • Location: Hong Kong
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Michael Reichel

www.cityu.edu.hk/ph/en/Programmes/MSAPVH/

City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong

Course objectives

The main objective of the programme is to give students training in the wide range of disciplines and skills necessary for the investigation, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases.  Students will gain an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species, in addition to specialist expertise in aquatic animal diseases.  The graduates will be able to appraise aquaculture operations and contribute to management decision making.  It is also intended to prepare students who later plan to pursue a PhD in the area of aquacultural science.

This MSc programme is differentiated by its focus on aquatic production with a veterinary element, and will attract industry professionals who are seeking to deepen their knowledge in order to advance their careers moving on from production roles into specialist roles.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

An applicant must hold a recognized bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institutions recognized for this purpose by CityU; or hold other such qualifications as deemed acceptable by CityU as equivalent to the above.  Transfer of credits may be granted to students in recognition of prior studies completed at an appropriate level as recognized by the University.

Preference may be given to applicants with academic background in biology, marine science, environmental science, and/or veterinary science.

 

 

 

English language requirements

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

1.  A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based best) OR 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or

2.  An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS); or

3.  A score of 500 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Mainland China*; or

4.  Other equivalent qualifications

*Applicants holding the old CET-6 result must attain a pass in the new test

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk to discuss your course of study.

Application procedure

Admissions are administered by CityU University.  Application process can be found at the following link:

City University Admissions

 

 

Fees and costs

Local students: HK$173,700

Non-local Students: HK$181,350

Remarks: Tuition fee is provisional and subject to changes

For tuition fee and payment information for this course, please contact our partner institution in Hong Kong at idph@cityu.edu.hk or visit their website for MSc in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health Programme fees

 


From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all postgraduate taught courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Students will be required to complete the programme in one academic year of full-time study. There is no elective course in the programme. Transfer of credits may be granted to students in recognition of prior studies completed at an appropriate level as recognized by the University.

Semester A: September - December.  Completion of 6 modules covering aquatic animal biology, health, nutrition, reproduction and production systems

Semester B: January - April.  Completion of 7 modules covering animal disease and epidemiology

Optional Research Project normally completed April - August

On successful completion of all modules, students will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health

On successful completion of all modules and the Research Project, students will be awarded the Master of Science in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health

Delivery and assessment

The course is delivered through a variety formats including lectures, practical classes, seminars, field visits and directed study.  Assessment consists of a number of assignments in a range of formats. 

The Research Project is graded on activities undertaken during the project, the dissertation and a presentation you make in front of your peers, supervisors and examiners.  The dissertation is examined by internal and external examiners.

Modules

Semester A:

Aquatic Animal Biology & Health

Aquatic Animals in the Environment

Aquatic Animal Nutrition & Food Safety

Aquatic Animal Reproduction & Genetics

Aquatic Animal Production Systems including non-fish and aquaculture in practice

 

Semester B:

Systemic Pathology

Parasitic Diseases

Bacterial Diseases

Viral Diseases

Immunology

Ecotoxicology

Epidemiology & Health Control

Modes of study

Full-time or discontinuous study

Study method

Full-time

Why Stirling?

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

The Institute of Aquaculture was rated in the top 5 in the UK for Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences Research (REF 2014)

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Study abroad opportunities

The programme teaching is based at CityU, Hong Kong but students will have the opportunity to come to University of Stirling to complete their research project.

Strengths

The course is run in collaboration with University of Stirling's world-leading Institute of Aquaculture, which was rated in the top 5 in the UK for Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences Research (REF 2014).  Founded in 1971, the Institute of Aquaculture is the leading international centre in its field, and the largest of its kind in the world.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

This MSc programme is differentiated by its focus on aquatic production with a veterinary element, and will attract industry professionals who are seeking to deepen their knowledge in order to advance their careers moving on from production roles into specialist roles.

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