You follow a taught programme of modules over two semesters from September to May – plus common supporting studies in computing and research training – to acquire a total of 120 credits towards the diploma qualification. Successful candidates can then complete a 60-credit research project leading to the award of an MSc.
Topics covered in the taught component include:
-Fisheries development and planning
-Fish population ecology
-Fisheries resource management
-Inland fisheries management
-Aquaculture planning and management
-Coastal fisheries management
-Fisheries development studies
-Aquatic resource management and planning
-Aquatic conservation and biodiversity
Learning is through a series of lectures, seminars, field visits and course assignments. Assessment is by written examination and coursework, with assessment of a research dissertation for the award of MSc.
These programmes are taught at the Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI), which has an international reputation and enjoys long-standing relationships with key organisations that promote research and development, including the European Commission; the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations; the Asian Development Bank; the World Bank, the Department for International Development; North American Aerospace Defense Command; the Commonwealth Secretariat; overseas governments; the British Council; various UK country and city councils, the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science; English Nature; the Countryside Council for Wales; British Waterways; the Environment Agency; and private clients in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
The institute’s staff have a truly international outlook, with their expertise sought for projects around the world, including Europe, South and South East Asia, Africa, the Gulf, South America, the Caribbean and Australasia.
HIFI’s research programme specialises in applied research, with emphasis on the scope for sustainable development, management and commercial developments.