Keeping our oceans healthy, protected and sustainable is vital for our planet and the people living on it as the aquaculture industry already provides almost 50 percent of all fish and seafood for human consumption. However, aquaculture – or aquatic agriculture – is more than just ‘fish farming’ and will train you in all subjects relevant to global aquaculture. It includes the culture of many species including crocodiles and turtles. Our Institute of Aquaculture enjoys an international reputation in teaching, research, contract research and consultancy. We provide disease and environmental management services, project design and development expertise to organisations operating in one of the most rapidly expanding food production sources in the world. Management of Living Aquatic Resources: The course provides a broad introduction to the issues surrounding human exploitation of aquatic resources (particularly in the contexts of capture fisheries and aquaculture) and of human interaction with these valuable biological assets. The biology of principal cultured aquatic organisms, with respect to their exploitation, is studied. Issues in Marine Biology: We examine marine habitats from an ecological perspective, evaluating how they function, assessing species diversity, and importantly, how natural and man-made impacts are affecting this. We will also explore the impact marine organisms have on human society through developments in biotechnology and other uses. Major risks likely to affect these species and habitats are also studied. At the end of the course you will be able to appreciate and understand the diversity of marine species and ecosystems that exist and the major man-made risks affecting them. Much of the application of genetics and reproduction takes place in the management of stocks of aquatic organisms in hatcheries, where appropriate management has a major effect on seed quality. Aquaculture Genetics and Reproduction covers the traditional and molecular scientific principles of genetics and reproduction, and the ways in which these are applied to manage aquaculture stocks and seed quality in hatcheries. Basic concepts of hatchery management are demonstrated and practised in the Institute’s tropical aquarium and external farm facilities. Work experience: Many students spend their final semester on an overseas placement to complete their dissertation and gain some work experience. The Institute of Aquaculture has contacts with other academic departments/government facilities/industry all over the world so placement options are plentiful.