The Master in Aquaculture is mainly addressed to current bachelors
(4/5 year studies at the university), graduates (3 year studies at the
university) or technical engineers that wish to have a proper formation
in aquaculture. It is expected to train prepared professionals for this
sector with a high scientific level, with control of multidisciplinary
techniques, who are able to take responsibilities in direction and
management. It is expected that aquaculture and the factory and
services associated will grow at a European level in the coming years.
The domains where the graduates will be able to develop their work are:
aquatic production at diverse responsibility areas, creation of new
companies, consulting (at regional, state or European level),
developing projects at international scale, working in industries
directly related to aquaculture, such as feed production, medicines,
and vaccines for fishes, transformation of fishing products,
commercialization, and pharmacy industry. Graduates will also be able
to achieve positions in public administration, and research, both in
companies as in the public sector.
provide students with the knowledge in aquaculture based on production, sustainability, and responsibility
provide students with the last advances in nutrition, metabolism, and
growth in aquaculture species, stressing either the theoretical
contents, as the possible applications in the product quality
- To detail the factors that
are important for the growth and survival of aquatic organisms in each
of the stages of the productive cycle, as well as the appropriate
conditions of water and infrastructure
- Given the current state of
the immunological knowledge and the pathology in species of aquaculture
interest, to provide the necessary tools for a proper diagnosis,
treatment and prevention of diseases.
- To provide students with globalised information on the
interaction of aquaculture and the environment, as for what concerns
the environmental impact of the aquaculture activities, the effects in
the environment on animal welfare, and the quality of the product.
- To make students understand the design criteria and grounds
in engineering necessary to promote and/or manage, in a viable way, an
- To explain to students the grounds in the management of an
aquaculture company, either for the technical aspects as for those of
business management and market.
- To provide students with the necessary elements to achieve a
high quality product through a good procedure, so as to supply the
market with what it is demanding and at the moment the product is
- To provide students with the appropriate tools to develop research in aquaculture in both public and private centres.
Once the Master is finished students will be able:
take decisions in management of fish and larvae stocks in order to
obtain the greatest advantage of the potential of fish growth, to
choose the facilities and conditions that are best, and to foresee the
stock evolution for its commercialization.
- To choose the proper nutrition,
nourishment, and managing parameters to obtain a quality product. To
formulate feed in accordance to requirements.
take decisions in the management of reproductors and the reproduction strategies.
evaluate and interpret the production and health parameters of the
farmed animals, taking into account the economic and welfare aspects.
keep the health and welfare of the animals prioritizing the prevention strategy over the therapy one.
detect the main symptoms of diseases and be able to produce a diagnosis.
decide on which are the main strategies in planning and management in
aquaculture projects with the aim of obtaining a sustainable and
choose among the different available technologies.
elaborate projects and surveys about the viability of the starting up
of new facilities or modification of the already existing.
design environment management plans for aquaculture companies.
evaluate the implications of technique decisions in the company economy
and in the market so as to be able to advice/assess or manage companies
in the aquaculture domain within a sustainability context.
- To identify the main risk
factors in aquaculture activities and propose the appropriate measures.
communicate orally and in writing: a) use the appropriate scientific
terminologies; b) write professional reviews; c) write publications; d)
orally defend and argue their contributions.
- To analyse and synthesise
documents and interpret protocols. To find information sources, use
them and select the adequate information for specific issues.
design experiments, obtain results, validate them and develop a proper data treatment, and develop a research project.
Students that wish to proceed with a doctorate will have to carry out
one of the research or professionalizing modules that are offered in
the Master. Preferably research modules. Research lines in Aquaculture
at the UB.
- Energetic and intermediate metabolism in fishes.
- Cell physiology in fishes.
- Growth and development physiology in fishes
- Regulaciķ endocrina en organismes aquātics.
- Endocrine regulation in aquatic organisms .
- Molecular physiology in fishes .
- Research in reproduction physiology in fishes
reproduction biology in molluscs and crustaceans. Knowledge of parasites of interest in aquaculture.
- Production in marine aquaculture .
- Stress effects and immunodepression in fishes.
- Immunology in fishes.
- Pathology research in fishes.
- Toxicology and biomarkers in fishes.
- Food technology.
- Quality of aquatic products.
- Fish behaviour .
- Hydrodynamics in aquaculture production systems.
- Market research and consumer behaviour.