MSc Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health

Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required

45 for MSc; 30 for PGD

Class Schedule

Courses will be arranged on weekdays, weekday evenings, Saturday afternoons or Saturday evenings.

Normal Study Period

Full-time : 1 year

Maximum Study Period

Full-time : 2.5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Admissions Tutor
Prof Sophie ST-HILAIRE
Professor, Veterinarian, DVM, MSc, PhD, MBA
+852 3442 5398 (Phone)
+852 3445 0589 (Fax)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 6361
Programme Aims and Objectives

City University of Hong Kong’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, in collaboration with the University of Stirling (Scotland), will be introducing an MSc in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health in September 2018.  The programme will be presented by the Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health.  The main objective of the programme is to give students training in the wide range of disciplines and skills necessary for the investigation, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases. Student will gain an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species, in addition to specialist expertise in aquatic animal diseases. The graduates will be able to appraise aquaculture operations and contribute to management decision making. It is also intended to prepare students who later plan to pursue a PhD in the area of aquacultural science.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, an applicant must:

  1. Hold a recognized bachelor’s degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institutions recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  2. Hold other such qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent to the above.

Preference may be given to applicants with academic background in biology, marine science, environmental science, and/or veterinary science.


Language Proficiency

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  1. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  2. An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS); or
  3. A score of 500 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Mainland China*; or
  4. Other equivalent qualifications

*Applicants holding the old CET-6 result must attain a pass in the new test

Course Description

Core Courses (45 credit units)

There are no electives and students have to take all core courses (total 45 credit units). The core courses will be offered in Semesters A, B and Summer Term.



Course Title

Total Credit Unit
(per semester)

Semester A

Aquatic Animal Biology and Health


Aquatic Animals in the Environment

3 (1.5)

Aquatic Animal Nutrition and Food Safety


Aquatic Animal Reproduction and Genetics


Aquatic Animal Production Systems including non-fish and aquaculture in practice


Bacterial Diseases

2 (1)



Epidemiology and Health Control

3 (1.5)

Semester B

Aquatic Animals in the Environment

3 (1.5)

Systemic Pathology


Parasitic Diseases


Bacterial Diseases

2 (1)

Viral Diseases




Epidemiology and Health Control

3 (1.5)


Research Project


  1. The full MSc in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health requires 45 credit units, with the completion of taught courses plus a MSc Research Project. Students who have successfully completed 30 credit units of taught courses, and elected not to pursue for the Master's degree are eligible for applying the intermediate award of Postgraduate Diploma in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health.
  2. This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance of the HKSAR (Ref. no. 452723 for MSc/ Ref. no. 452755 for PGD* as the intermediate award).  It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.