International Master of Science in Health Management in Aquaculture (AquaH)


To respond to the need for expert training in aquaculture health management, the AquaH consortium was formed. This combines the expertise of 4 European Centres of Excellence:

  • Ghent University (UGent – coordinator), Belgium
  • the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • Wageningen University - Aquaculture & Fisheries Group (WU), Netherlands
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Spain
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This 2-year Erasmus Mundus programme builds on established programmes at each of the partner institutes.

The fundamental issues in aquaculture health are addressed during the common module at UGent. Students then choose one of 3 learning lines, looking at aquaculture health issues on different levels:

1.         Relationship between the ecosystem and health (NTNU)

2.         Disease prevention management and health (WU)

Courses at WU
Number Course ECTS
AFI-32306 Nutrition and Health in Aquaculture 6
AFI-33806 Frontiers in Animal Health 6
YMC-60809 Academic Consultancy Training and YMC-61303 MOS* modules 12
Optional courses(choose for min 6 ECTS)
AFI-33306 - Sustainability in Fish and Seafood Production 6
EZO-32303 - Laboratory Animal Science: Design and Ethics in Animal Experimentation 3
AFI-51806 - Short Research Projects in Biology 6
Total ECTS 30
*modular skills training choose 2 skills training sessions of 1,5 ects each

3.         Relationship between animal physiology and health (UAB/UB)

Courses, thesis projects and internships follow these paths. All students will study at a minimum of 2 different European partner institutes.

Wageningen University (WU)

The learning line at WU focuses on relevant innovations by studying fish and shellfish nutrition and health. This is mainly in circular aquaculture systems (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.

For students following this learning line,  the programme will be delivered as part of the existing MSc Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management (MAM) – specialisation aquaculture. Students completing the programme will be awarded a ‘double’ Master: International ‘AquaH’ Master and WU ‘Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management (MAM)’ Master (specialisation aquaculture).

Further information

More information and details can be found here. Or send an email to Geertje Schlaman.

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