Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2009/2010)
20.5 Aquaculture
  • Administrative Committee
  • C. Couturier, Fisheries and Marine Institute - Chair
  • K. Gamperl, Ocean Sciences Centre
  • L. Halfyard, Fisheries and Marine Institute
  • C. Parrish, Ocean Sciences Centre
  • F. Shahidi, Department of Biochemistry

The program of study leading to the Master of Science in Aquaculture is designed to instruct students in research using scientific principles derived from a wide range of disciplines including Biology, Biochemistry and Food Science. Research problems may involve field and laboratory studies on various marine and freshwater flora and fauna. The Aquaculture group consists of faculty members from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC), and the Departments of Biology and Biochemistry of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The Aquaculture Administrative Committee is responsible for the program. This Committee is composed of five appointed members, two from the OSC, two from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and one member from an appropriate academic unit at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In addition, the Heads of the Departments of Biochemistry and Biology, the Director of the OSC and the Head of the School of Fisheries of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland are ex-officio members. The Committee is appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the appropriate Heads and Directors. The Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies concerning the academic requirements of the program: admission, course programs of individual students, financial support, composition of supervisory committees, and theses examiners. The Chair of the Committee will also ensure that a supervisory report form for each student in the program is submitted annually to the Dean.

20.5.1 Qualifications for Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Aquaculture, an applicant shall normally hold one of the following: at least a second class Honours degree, or an equivalent both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate, or successful completion of the Diploma in Aquaculture offered by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, with academic standing deemed appropriate by the Committee.

20.5.2 Program of Study
  1. The Master of Science Degree requires the successful completion of a program of courses and of a thesis embodying original research.

  2. All candidates will be required to take 6 credit hours in graduate courses which will normally be Aquaculture 6000 - Shellfish Culture and Enhancement, and Aquaculture 6100 - Finfish Aquaculture.

  3. Candidates who do not hold the Diploma in Aquaculture will be required to complete successfully a selection of its component courses.

  4. Further courses may be required depending on the background of the individual student.

  5. Once in the program, M.Sc. students must achieve a minimum grade of 65% in all required courses.

  6. Before the thesis is submitted, the student shall present an open seminar on the topic of investigation to the appropriate academic units, as recommended by the Administrative Committee. Any serious deficiencies in the thesis noticed at this stage should be carefully considered, in consultation with the Supervisor, for rectification.

  7. The student will be required to comply with all other regulations governing the graduate Degree of Master of Science.

  • Courses
  • 6000 Shellfish Culture and Enhancement
  • 6100 Finfish Aquaculture
  • 6200 Aquaculture and the Environment
  • 6201-6209 Special Topics in Aquaculture (Prerequisite: Permission of Chair of Program)


Consult the Program for a list of titles and information regarding availability.