University Master in
Marine Aquaculture

October 2022 - June 2024
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

Over 25 years training aquaculture professionals

Organized by:

With the collaboration of:

What makes this Master unique?

1

International experience
Enjoy an international and multicultural experience!


2

The best experts
More than 50 professionals in aquaculture, from Spain and various other countries, each a specialist in their own field.


3

Specialization in aquaculture
Updated content of the most innovative scientific and technological bases that support the development of aquaculture and a formative period of introduction to research.


4

External quality assurance
Implementation of the Internal Quality Assurance System certified by ANECA, accreditation renewed by the Council of Universities and institutional accreditation.


5

Official degree
The official Spanish University Master’s degree will be awarded by the ULPGC and CIHEAM will award its Master of Science Degree. At the end of the first year the CIHEAM will award its Postgraduate Specialization Diploma.


Programme


First year (60 ECTS)

The first year (60 ECTS) provides intense basic training in all fields of aquaculture through theoretical and practical classes, taking place from October 2022 to June 2023. These activities are supplemented with field visits and seminars. The course will be taught at the Scientific and Technological Park, and requires full time participation. The total duration of the course will be 600 teaching hours.

I. INTRODUCTION TO AQUACULTURE (1 ECTS)

I. INTRODUCTION TO AQUACULTURE (1 ECTS)

Relevance of Aquaculture. Current status of various production categories. Aquaculture evolution in geographic regions.

II. NUTRITION (12 ECTS)

II. NUTRITION (12 ECTS)

Physiology of nutrition. Nutritional requirements and dietary ingredients: lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, nutritional energy.

III. HEALTH MANAGEMENT (12 ECTS)

III. HEALTH MANAGEMENT (12 ECTS)

Animal welfare in aquaculture. General and specific anatomic pathology in cultured fish. Immunology. Major viral diseases. Major bacterial diseases. Parasitic diseases caused by fungi. Non-infectious diseases. Prevention and treatment of diseases.

IV. REPRODUCTION (4 ECTS)

IV. REPRODUCTION (4 ECTS)

Physiology and control of reproduction in shellfish and crustaceans. Physiologi¬cal regulation mechanisms of reproduction in teleosts. Induced reproduction in bivalve molluscs and decapod crustaceans. Induced reproduction in teleosts. Broodstock management in fish. Design of facilities. Food and nutritional requirements of broodstock.

V. GENETIC IMPROVEMENT (6 ECTS)

V. GENETIC IMPROVEMENT (6 ECTS)

Animal welfare in aquaculture. General and specific anatomic pathology in cultured fish. Immunology. Major viral diseases. Major bacterial diseases. Parasitic diseases caused by fungi. Non-infectious diseases. Prevention and treatment of diseases.

VI. FACILITIES (3 ECTS)

VI. FACILITIES (3 ECTS)

Pipe water systems. Pumping systems. Aeration and oxygenation systems. Hatchery design, nurseries and on-growing facilities.

VII. ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT (3 ECTS)

VII. ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT (3 ECTS)

Financial-economic assessment of projects. Design and project development. Feasibility studies. Marketing and commercialization. Management of research projects.

VIII. TECHNICAL HATCHERY PRODUCTION (8 ECTS)

VIII. TECHNICAL HATCHERY PRODUCTION (8 ECTS)

Auxiliary cultures. Compared production techniques. Larval development histology. Mesocosmos technology. Algae culture. Recent advances in larval feeding. Hatchery techniques.

IX. ON-GROWING TECHNIQUES (5 ECTS)

IX. ON-GROWING TECHNIQUES (5 ECTS)

On-growing in extensive systems. On-growing in intensive on-land systems. On-growing in intensive sea farming systems. Pellets in aquaculture: nutritive value and fish colour. Overall fish fillet quality. On-growing techniques.

X. DIFFERENT SPECIES CULTURE TECHNIQUES (3 ECTS)

X. DIFFERENT SPECIES CULTURE TECHNIQUES (3 ECTS)

Macroalgae culture. Mussel culture. Oyster culture. Clam and cockle culture. Scallop culture. Peneids and Macrobrachium culture. Catfish culture. Tilapia culture. Carp culture. Salmonid culture. Halibut culture. Turbot culture. Seabass and seabream culture. New species culture. Alternative culture systems. Fish aquaria.

XI. ENVIRONMENT (3 ECTS)

XI. ENVIRONMENT (3 ECTS)

Aquaculture and the environment. Biodiversity associated with marine aqua-culture. Sustainability of marine aquaculture. Codes of conduct. Aquaculture as a tool for preserving endangered species.

Second year (60 ECTS)

The second year (60 ECTS) will allow specialization in any of these areas through the implementation of a research project and the Master’s thesis either in any of ULPGC research groups or in collaborating institutions or companies. This training period is an introduction to applied research in aquaculture to be completed before June 2024, for subsequent public defence.

XII. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH (30 ECTS)

XII. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH

Complementary courses. Project planning, processing, interpretation and presentation of data. Optical histology techniques. Electron microscopy techniques. Fish physiology.

XII. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH (30 ECTS)

XIII. MASTER THESIS.

The Master Thesis will be a research project carried out by the student on an original subject and at any of the research groups and institutions participating or collaborating in the Master programme. Research subjects and tutors will be proposed by the Master's Study Commission. Students may also propose other subjects and tutors with a solid international scientific reputation.

Over 25 years of success training aquaculture specialists

About the organizers

Universidad de las palmas de gran canaria The Faculty of Marine Science of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) undertakes the academic organization of the Master, coordinated by the Aquaculture Research Group (GIA) of the ULPGC. This group, with over 30 years of experience in research and teaching in aquaculture, has facilities with approximately 2,500 m2 devoted to comprehensive cultivation of algae, shellfish, crustaceans and marine fish and 500 m2 of laboratories in nutrition, histology, genetics, reproduction, pathology and a workshop to prepare feeds and pellets for the fish. Having led over 120 research projects in aquaculture in collaboration with more than 30 groups from various countries and advised more than 30 companies of the sector through collaboration agreements, the experience of teaching and research of this group, their international relations and business and the adequacy of its facilities guarantee the quality for the proposed programme.

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza CIHEAM Zaragoza is one of the four Institutes of the CIHEAM (International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies), an intergovernmental organization created in 1962 that promotes cooperation and development across the Mediterranean in agriculture, fisheries, food and the environment. CIHEAM Zaragoza was founded in 1969, offering quality and excellence in training and promoting international cooperation through research project management based on CIHEAM Zaragoza’s five fields of expertise: Environment and Natural Resources, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Animal Production and Welfare, Plant Production, Health and Breeding and Marketing and Agrifood Systems. CIHEAM Zaragoza has become consolidated as a point of reference for specialized international training in the agro-food sector. It is located on the Campus of Aula Dei, one of the largest and most prestigious agricultural science complexes in Spain, strengthening synergies between the scientific community, firms and students. In the last 25 years, CIHEAM Zaragoza has organized numerous international courses, seminars and workshops on technical and socioeconomic aspects of aquaculture in the Mediterranean.

Scientific Committee

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Admission & Scholarships

Requirements

Advanced university degree, preferably in agronomy, veterinary sciences, biology, biotechnology and other related degrees.
Knowledge of written and spoken Spanish, which will be the working language.
Knowledge of English, as the bibliographic material distributed may be in English, and some lectures by visiting professors will be in English without translation.

Admission

Applications for pre-registration and additional information should be addressed to Prof. Félix Acosta Arbelo (felix.acosta@ulpgc.es)

The pre-admission period for applications for the 2022-2024 will be available at the link https://www.ulpgc.es/masteres-administracion/inicio

There are two pre-registration periods for the university masters' programmes. The first, ordinary pre-registration phase will be open from 13 June to 7 July and the second, extraordinary phase will be open from 1 to 15 September.

Registration

Registration fees are 1000 euro approximately per academic year.

Scholarships

Various public and private agencies may grant scholarships to participate in the programme. These scholarships may cover all or part of the registration fees. In https://www.fulp.es/estudiantes-y-titulados, one can also find several calls for scholarships for postgraduate studies.
Candidates from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) may apply for scholarships covering registration fees, and for scholarships covering the cost of full board accommodation. Scholarships will be awarded according to academic merit, and preference will be given to candidates from developing countries. The application for these scholarships must be made before 4 May 2022 through the following address: admission.iamz.ciheam.org (Application deadline is now extended to 15 May), (A new candidature application window is open from 23 to 25 May 2022)
Candidates from West African Countries (Senegal, Mauritania, Ghana, Gam¬bia, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Guinea-Conakry, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia) may apply for a registration fee grant sponsored by the Canary Islands Government (Viceconsejería de Acción Exterior y Relaciones Institucionales), that must be requested through the Master organization.
Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions such as the FAO, European Commission, World Bank, etc.
For the second part of the Master, students conducting their research project in a Spanish province outside Las Palmas may opt for aid through the Student Mobility Programme (Modalidad B) of the Spanish Ministry of Education. Students may also apply to Erasmus+ programme for traineeship mobility grants to other European countries.