MSc. in Aquaculture

The general objective is to produce graduates with profound knowledge and skills in specialized areas of Aquaculture (i.e. Nutrition, Breeding and Production systems) to carter for sustainable growth of aquaculture sub-sector in Tanzania and beyond.


Programme Availability
College of Agriculture
Host Department
Department of Animal Aquaculture and Range Sciences
Level of Study
Masters Degree
Mode of Study
Full Time
Programme Duration
2 Years

Courses for Semester 1

Core courses 

Code           Course Title
AQU 601    Research Methodology and Statistics 
AQU 602    Trends and Contemporary issues in Aquaculture
AQU 603    Biosecurity and Welfare in Aquaculture 
AQU 604    Water Quality Management
AQU 605    Advanced Mariculture

Elective courses

Code           Course Title

AQU 606    Aquaculture Economics 
AQU 607    Fish Population Dynamics and Stock Assessment
HAR 671    Environmental Contaminants and Aquatic Toxicology
LU 602    Advanced Geographic Information System

Courses for Semester 2

Core courses 

Code         Course Title
AQU 608    Aquaculture Nutritional Physiology
AQU 609    Aquaculture Feed Technology
AQU 610    Fish Reproduction and Hatchery Management 
AQU 611    Fish Breeding and Biotechnology  
AQU 612    Aquaculture Production Systems 

Elective courses

Code          Course Title     
AQU 613    Farming of Ornamental Fish 
AQU 614    Post-harvest Handling and Value addition

HAR 681    Conservation Genetics for Aquatic Resources 

Proposal development

Code           Course Title
*AQU 615    MSc Research Proposal Development

Year 2 Research Work and Dissertation

Course Code    Course Title
AQU 616    Data collection, Analysis and Dissertation Write up



At the end of the programme the students shall be able to:

1.    Principles of growth, reproduction and adaptation of aquatic organisms
2.    Requirements and suitability of different aquaculture production systems
3.    Water quality requirements for different aquatic organisms and methods for evaluation of water quality 
4.    Principles of feeding, nutrient requirement estimation and feed evaluation methods
5.    Principles of genetic improvement and evaluation methods
6.    International biosecurity measures, standards for food safety, plant health and animal health
7.    Plan and manage aquaculture enterprises economically and sustainably
8.    Advice fish farmers and managers of aquaculture enterprises
9.    Analyze data from aquaculture experiments and production enterprises and interpret the results
10.    Articulate national and international fisheries and related policies
11.    Determine water quality parameters in aquaculture production systems
12.    Design, construct and manage different aquaculture production systems
13.    Formulate and compound fish feeds for important aquaculture species and different life stages
14.    Apply different reproductive technologies and biotechnology to enhance fish reproduction and production of good quality fingerlings
15.    Design and operate hatcheries for important cultured fish species
16.    Design, implement and evaluate genetic improvement programme for important cultured fish species
17.    Develop and implement environmental monitoring programme for aquatic resources
18.    Design biosecurity measures and apply principles of biosecurity and welfare in management of aquaculture enterprises
19.    Prepare research proposal, execute the research and prepare scientific publications


Entry requirements shall be as per Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Regulations and Guidelines for Higher Degrees (2011). Candidates for admission to the MSc. Aquaculture degree programme shall either hold BSc. Aquaculture or natural science Bachelor's degree with good overall scores (at least a second lower class with a GPA of 2.7) from SUA or a qualification deemed to be equivalent to natural science Bachelor's degree of SUA from an institution of higher learning recognized by Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU). 



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