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Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture

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Award granted Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture
CampusOffered at Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075367D
Deakin course codeS394

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Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture is one of only a few courses to offer a combination of fisheries and aquaculture in one program. The course provides you with comprehensive training in fisheries resource management, aquaculture management, and fisheries biology, with a focus on environmental sustainability, particularly renewable resource exploitation and culture of marine and freshwater species. You will learn about fisheries and aquaculture from a global perspective, including topics such as fish markets, nutrition and farm certification processes, the history of Australian fisheries, fisheries methods and impacts of fishing.


The course also includes studies in marine and freshwater biodiversity, ecology and behaviour, research methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, and environmental chemistry. Fieldtrips and professional practice activities provide you with the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on skills.


The course is focused on developing graduates with strong research and management capabilities with skill sets for a wide variety of work environments. In addition to employment in the fisheries and aquaculture fields, as a graduate you may also find career opportunities in areas such as food and agriculture-based industries, quarantine, wildlife biology, government environmental monitoring, private environmental consulting and museums. Graduating students have the opportunity to undertake further studies in existing honours and PhD programs.


Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Career opportunities

South East Asia is recognised as the epicentre of a global aquaculture industry in terms of volume and innovation, and represents a valuable regional employment opportunity for graduates. Students will be capable of fulfilling roles within fisheries management organizations such as DPI (Victoria), ABARE, AFMA and regional CMA’s with expertise in freshwater systems. Further, graduates may find employment in wider industries such as food and agriculture, quarantine, wildlife biology, government environmental monitoring, private environmental consulting and museums.

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Fees and charges

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Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 21 core units
  • 3 elective units (which can be taken from any area of the University)
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • No more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • At least 6 level 3 units, of which 4 must be course grouped to the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment units.

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE104 The Blue Planet: Water and Life  

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE150 Environmental Chemistry  

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  *



Trimester 2

SLE105 Human Impacts - Pollution  

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

SLE161 Aquaculture and the Environment  

STP010 Introduction to Work Placements  *

plus one elective unit


Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE219 Marine Invertebrates  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

SLE265 Marine Botany  

plus one elective unit


Trimester 2

SLE261 Diversity of Fishes  

SLE217 Aquaculture Nutrition and Seafood Quality  

SLE223 Water Quality and Ecological Health  

SLE244 Aquatic Ecology  


Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301 Professional Practice  #

SLE304 Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments  

MAE322 The Economics of the Environment  

plus one elective unit


Trimester 2

SLE319 Environmental Planning - Catchments to Coast  

SLE343 Fisheries Management  

SLE329 Aquatic Animal Health and Reproduction  

SLE315 Comparative Animal Physiology  


*SLE010 and STP010 are 0-credit-point compulsory units

# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)



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