Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture)

Fast facts

Course type: Undergraduate degree
Course length: 3 years
Location: On campus

2014 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 70.00
Guaranteed entry ATAR: 70.00
Aquaculture: Certificate 4 or above
Bonus points: Yes

International students:
FISC Foundation: 6.2, A Levels: 7, IB Diploma: 25, Gao Kao: Tier Two
English requirements

Course overview

Aquaculture is a specialisation offered within the Bachelor of Science. This specialisation is also available within the 4 year Bachelor of Science (Honours).

The Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) was established to provide you with the right combination of skills needed to be a part of the next phase of aquaculture’s growth or to make an important contribution to aquatic resource management through a variety of career paths.

It is the only university course of its kind in South Australia and has the backing of the fishing industry through the South Australian Fishing Industry Council.

The focus is on combining a strong background in the natural sciences with an understanding of health and safety issues, practical and management issues, and business and communication skills.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.

What is Aquaculture?

Aquaculture is applied science at the most practical level and is more than just fish farming. Aquaculture includes the production of molluscs (including oysters, abalone, mussels and scallops) and crustaceans (shrimps, prawns, freshwater and marine crayfish), and even aquatic plants such as seaweed.

Why study Aquaculture at Flinders?

  • Flinders has a large team of marine biologists, aquaculturists and oceanographers undertaking world- class research on current issues in marine science.
  • We are major partners in both the CRCs (Cooperative Research Centres) for Sustainable Finfish Aquaculture and Australian Seafood. Our scientists are leading research in three areas of the Australian Seafood CRC’s program and are involved with two major projects related to the farming of southern bluefin tuna. We are also a lead partner in the Marine Innovation SA initiative and the State Government provided $6.6 million to recently expand our Lincoln Marine Science Centre in Port Lincoln. The Centre is the venue for a range of research programs carried out by Flinders, the SA Research and Development Institute, the SA Shellfish Quality Assurance Program, TAFE SA at Port Lincoln and the Tuna Boat Owners Association of Australia.
  • To facilitate the development of practical skills, students have access to:
    • sophisticated aquaculture facilities on campus in Adelaide, including six specially designed indoor laboratories that enable the culture of algae, zoo-plankton, fish, crustaceans and molluscs at controlled temperature and light levels
    • more than 100 aquaria
    • eighteen 10,000-litre outdoor tanks.
  • Workplace education is provided in collaboration with aquaculture operators in various locations in South Australia, interstate and overseas.

Career Opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) degree?

Combined degree options

You can combine this degree with any other bachelor degree within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, subject to meeting entry requirements.

Combine with the Bachelor of Letters

The Bachelor of Letters is available to all students studying a degree at Flinders and is available in languages, English and creative writing. It enables you to follow your interests and aspirations and enhance your career prospects by undertaking a second area of study in addition to your primary degree. You will graduate with two qualifications, expanding your employment opportunities.

Entry requirements

Prerequisities: None

Domestic students: You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: year 12 qualifications, adult entry (STAT/Bridging Program), TAFE/VET qualification, higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Refer to undergraduate study applications.

International students: Entry and English requirements

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 224121

Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2016: $8,309

International students
CRICOS code: 023582E
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply 
Annual fees:

2016: $27,400
2017: $29,000




  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.

Credit transfer

Refer to credit transfer for further information.

Related courses

Further study options

Course brochures

Domestic students
Science & Mathematics (PDF 4MB)

International students
eBrochure: Undergraduate international prospectus
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