Sustainable Aquaculture Management (SCQF level 8) CPD Award

Course code 96D4

What is special about this course?

This CPD award in Sustainable Aquaculture Management enables you, as an existing aquaculture industry professional, to development management skills in the aquaculture industry, promote best practice, and produce in a sustainable manner.

Learn to apply skills in sustainable practice and quality assurance via our updated modules and revamped assessment topics, as you navigate the demands of meeting industry targets on net zero and climate change.

Special features

  • Fully online for distance learning
  • Flexible start dates to suit employed staff
  • Tutor support always available & excellent library facilities
  • Experienced, knowledgeable team with a variety of industry, research, and teaching experience
  • Excellent for international students

Entry requirements

  • One Scottish Higher at grade C or above or equivalent OR
  • Relevant further education studies, such as NC, NPA, SVQ, CBQ, HNC, HND, PDA at SCQF level 6 or above OR
  • Equivalent industrial experience 
  • If English is not your first language, you must have evidence of your English language skills (reading and writing) to IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent

CPD Award

You will choose three of the following modules:

  • Manage fish farm operations and production 
  • Manage fish health and welfare 
  • Manage hatchery operations and production
  • Manage health and safety for the production environment
  • Manage shellfish farm operations and production
  • Managing aquaculture quality systems and certification
  • Sustainable aquaculture practice

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time
  • You will study fully online, with no scheduled sessions or tutorials
  • Online study will be done via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors available throughout, via email, phone, and live video calls
  • All students are welcome to use the campus facilities at UHI Shetland or any UHI academic partner facilities such as the library etc
  • You will complete 1 module every 3 months, over a period of 9 months
  • Your choice of start date will determine your end date, as follows: 
    • September start = May finish
    • January start = September finish
    • May start = January finish
  • You will take part in a mandatory induction, either in-person at UHI Shetland or online, the month before your course starts (August/December/April)

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 9 months @ 15 hours per week

The number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent on online material as well as individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Shetland
  • This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at UHI Shetland

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • May


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Completion of this course is suitable for professional development if you are already employed in the aquaculture industry. You may also wish to pursue careers in:

  • aquaculture industry
  • shellfish industry
  • finfish industry
  • auditing or welfare standards certification agencies
  • government agencies monitoring fish farm activities
  • other regulatory bodies 

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to pursue further studies at Higher PDA or HND level, or progress onto courses such as:

Is there more information available online?

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Sep 2024 or Jan 2025 or May 2025

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