ACCESS Chile - Sweden Sustainable Aquaculture

Third-cycle level | 4.0 credits | Course code: NMAR308
HT 2022
Study period: 2022-10-17 - 2022-11-04
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2022-04-25 - 2022-10-15

Course description

A course in sustainable aquaculture for doctoral students in a collaboration between Sweden and Chile.

The course is divided into the following key topics on sustainability in aquaculture:

  1. Sustainability in aquaculture: Describes the global industry in key production regions outlining the major environmental, social and economic factors in relation to target species, feed choices, grow-out systems. This topic will also include introductions to different types of aquaculture.
  2. Cultivation of Mollusks: This module will focus on growout and hatchery techniques for molluscs, including introduction to these industries in a global context and case studies from both Chile and Sweden.
  3. Aquaponics: Aquaponics, which benefits from waste recapture in recirculating land-based aquaculture, has received increasing interest globally as a way to introduce a more circular economy within aquaculture and horticulture, hence securing industry growth with reduced environmental impacts.
  4. Aquaculture engineering: In this module, we will examine a range of grow-out and hatchery techniques for species cultured worldwide, as well as important hatchery considerations for water quality and culture management. The common forms being Offshore and Near-shore aquaculture, increasingly there is pressure to move to land-based or contained systems for marine species, thus requiring recirculating aquaculture (RAS) technology.
  5. Nutrition & new feed ingredients: Aquaculture sustainability depends on increasing the efficiency of feed production, the inclusion of better feed ingredients and improved conversion rates to reduce the environmental impacts of production. The challenge in the design of sustainable aquaculture feeds is how to make a balanced mixture of fish- and plant-based raw materials that can provide essential proteins, oils, vitamins and minerals while conserving finite marine resources.
  6. Genetics and disease management: Broodstock management and breeding, water quality. This topic will cover the basics of quantitative genetics and animal breeding, including the estimation of genetic parameters, selection and inbreeding.
  7. Industry Lectures: In this final module, we will include lecturers from industry in order to better understand the needs of professionals in the field

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

For admission to the course, the applicant has to be admitted to third cycle education.



When there are more qualified applicants than the number of places on the course, a selection must be made according to this priority order:

  1. PhD students at Gothenburg University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  2. PhD students accepted at other universities
  3. Persons with a doctoral degree

Educational partnership

ACADEMIC COLLABORATION CHILE SWEDEN - ACCESS is a collaborative platform consisting of eight Swedish universities and seven Chilean universities. Together we promote and facilitate academic collaboration between Chile and Sweden. This course is a collaboration between University of Chile, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and University of Gothenburg.

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Course syllabus



Department of Marine Sciences


Natural Science and Mathematics

Type of course

Subject area course


sustainability, vattenbruk, aquaculture, hållbarhet

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