The programme consists of an initial common semester that is carried out at Ghent University, then in the 2nd and 3rd semester students can choose* between 3 learning paths that will deepen their knowledge on a specific aspect of the overarching programme theme.
Curriculum and course details: check the study guides
Delivers a focus on the relationship between the ecosystem and health
Delivers a focus on preventing disease and maintaining adequate health, whilst minimising the impact on the environment
Delivers a focus on the relationship between animal physiology and health
In the 2nd or 3rd semester, students will undertake an internship with a company or research institute among our extended international network of partners and contacts. The internship is a practically oriented scientific project where they will gain the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the labour market.
Finally, in the 4th semester a master dissertation or thesis is undertaken that will combine a students acquired skill and knowledge.
The semester provides a thorough foundation on the current landscape of aquatic immunology, virology, microbiology, and other essential disciplines and is taught using a combination of in-house academic expertise and renowned international guest lecturers.
Ecosystems and Health at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.
The path focuses on the importance of the interactions between farmed and native organisms, including how diseases and parasites are spread (salmon lice); interactions between native microbial communities and farmed hosts; the influence of water quality (e.g. toxic algae) on the health and welfare of farmed fish. The overall focus is normally on how the environment, or the ecosystem, may affect fish health, not on the effects of farming on the environment. Learning activities mainly include health, welfare and environmental issues for fish from larval to adult stages. NTNU currently has major involvements in research on health issues in marine fish farming and has a strong relationship with industry.
|AquaH Journal club||7.5|
|Aquaculture and the Ecosystem||7.5|
|Optional courses (choose for 7,5 ECTS)|
|Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers||7.5|
|Environmental assessment methods and quality of coastal water||7.5|
Disease Prevention Management & Health at Wageningen University (WU), Netherlands.
The path focuses on relevant innovations by studying fish and shellfish nutrition and health. This is mainly in circular aquaculture systems, be it in recirculating aquaculture systems or ponds. Research looks into how nutrition influences health and how novel feeds improve disease resistance; it also considers the latest strategies in terms of activation of the immune system and key therapeutic tools, such as new generation vaccines.
|Nutrition and Health in Aquaculture||6|
|Frontiers in Animal Health||6|
|Academic Consultancy Training and MOS modules||12|
|Optional courses (choose for min 6 ECTS)|
|Sustainability in Fish and Seafood Production||6|
|Laboratory Animal Science: Design and Ethics in Animal Experimentation||3|
|Short Research Projects in Biology||6|
|Internship comprehensive project||22.5|
|AquaHealth Journal club||7.5|
Physiology and Health at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat de Barcelona (UAB/UB), Spain.
The path focuses on giving students the opportunity to acquire knowledge on the physiological mechanisms involved in the overall health of fish and shellfish. Within this, the following aspects will be considered: harmonious growth and balanced nutrition; the generation of the stress response and stress prevention methodologies; the innate and adaptive mechanisms of immune defences; the regulatory systems involved; knowledge of infections; pathological signs; and the patho-physiological response.