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The rationale of the MPhil Aquaculture programme is to emphasize application of scientific principles and information in the culture of aquatic organisms, especially fishes. This is especially necessary as it will help to fill the void created, as the country’s marine fisheries is said to have attained its maximum level of exploitation, and also create spinoff opportunities for job creation and food security in the country, the West Africa sub-region, and Africa as a whole.
The goal of the programme is to equip students with relevant knowledge, skills and competences for scientific development of aquaculture and the full exploitation of associated career opportunities.
The objectives of the programme are to:
- Equip students with knowledge and skills to work as aquaculture professionals and/or researchers.
- Produce higher level human resource in support of aquaculture development in the country, sub-region and Africa as a whole.
Candidates who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in biological or life sciences with at least a Second Class Division from a recognized university would be qualified to apply for admission.
The MPhil. Aquaculture will include the following courses:
YEAR 1 Semester 1
Code Course Title Credits
AQCU 601 Aquaculture production systems 3
AQCU 602 Fish Biology and Physiology 2
AQCU 602 Culture of selected aquatic organisms 3
AQCU 603 Water quality management and pond dynamics 3
AQCU 605 Research Methodology and Statistics 3
Code Course Title Credits
AQCU 606 Fish nutrition and feeds 3
AQCU 607 Aquaculture entrepreneurship (Trade, marketing and planning) 3
AQCU 608 Economics of Aquaculture Systems 2
AQCU 609 Aquatic Animal Health Management 3
AQCU 610 Fish breeding and selection 3
AQCU 611 Proposal writing and experimental design 2
AQCU 612 Industrial Training** 3
** To be undertaken during break between 1st and 2nd year.
YEAR 2 Semester 1 Credits
Code Course Title
AQCU 613 Seminar 1 (Scientific writing, presentation) 3
AQCU 614 Thesis work (Thesis planning and data collection) 9
AQCU 615 Seminar 2 (Data collection and analyses) 3
AQCU 616 Thesis work (Write-up and presentation) 9
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Apply advanced theoretical and practical aquaculture concepts to strategize, plan and develop aquaculture programs that facilitate the efficient and incremental production of fish from culture;
- Describe the underlying principles of natural productivity and engineering systems that relate limno-chemistry to fish production (pond dynamics, environmental conditions on water etc).
- Apply problem solving skills and competencies to properly develop and/or manage aquaculture farms and facilities
- Apply modern concepts of biotechnology including: bio-chemical, immunological and molecular characterization approaches to monitor and discriminate various groups of domesticated and wild fish stocks.
- Use the acquired skills/competencies to improve and maintain integrity of cultured fish stocks to minimize deteriorating situations such as inbreeding.