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Associate Degree in Applied Science (Sustainable Aquaculture)

Spend your days on or near the water, providing a healthy and essential food source to the world.

New Science and Technology HECS scholarship

The first four units you study as part of the Associate Degree in Applied Science will receive a 100% HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) scholarship. This means the entire cost of the first four units of your degree is covered by a scholarship. Your next four units will receive a 50% HECS scholarship.

Overall, this means you will receive a 75% HECS scholarship (the equivalent of a tuition fee waiver) for the first year of your degree.

*** Note this offer is only available for domestic students commencing study in 2020. Please contact our team for further information 1800 788 244 or

Bruce Wall Scholarship in Applied Science (Aquaculture)

The Bruce Wall Scholarship, worth $4,000, is available to a Tasmanian student from the north of the state who is commencing their first year of the Associate Degree in Applied Science in 2020, specialising in aquaculture.

Eligible students can apply for this scholarship here. Applications close 26 July 2020.

Why study applied science?

Now is the time to get involved in a high-growth industry that supports marine life protection and helps sustainably feed the world with our Associate Degree in Applied Science, specialising in Sustainable Aquaculture. 

Tasmania is well known for its high-quality seafood, our pristine waters produce some of the best fish and shellfish that are enjoyed all over the world. If you’d love to work in the booming aquaculture industry, then this hands-on course has been specifically designed for you. We developed this course in response to the growing demand for talent covering all aspects of aquaculture, including salmon, trout, oysters, mussels and abalone.

During this two year, full-time (or part-time equivalent) course you will get the opportunity to learn directly from Tasmania’s local aquaculture experts. You’ll learn about core applied science theory, such as applied maths, quality management and sustainability as well as specialist aquaculture subjects, including aquatic health, aquatic biology and aquatic chemistry.

This is an immersive, hands-on learning experience that combines practical workshops and tutorials with an innovative online delivery platform. Our vast array of guest speakers, industry visits, projects, case studies and internship opportunities ensure you graduate 100% work-ready with plenty of real-world experience to apply to any aquaculture industry position.


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Online and face-to-face (workshops, tutorials)


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus
Online (2020 intake)


Semester 1, 2021 and Semester 2, 2021


"I was apprehensive at first about studying at the University College as I was unsure what to expect and how I would go with an online course after being out of study mode for a number of years.

But the course introduces you to lots of people already in your chosen industry and gives you a great chance to build connections and set up work experience that could lead to employment as it has done for me."

Career Options

  • Managerial positions
  • Team leader
  • Aquaculture technician
  • Consultancy
  • Advisory
  • Sales consultant
  • Farms, hatcheries and nurseries
  • Freshwater and marine environments
  • Local, state and federal governments
  • Research agencies
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Industry regulation

Program structure

The Associate Degree in Applied Science involves 16 units over 2 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study, delivered on campus in Launceston, Hobart and the Cradle Coast, and fully online in 2020. We offer evening tutorials to accommodate those already working full-time. The first year of the course acts as a foundation year with some study in specialisation units, while the second year of the course provides you with the skills to apply your new aquaculture knowledge to a range of situations.

After the successful completion of year 1 of the Associate Degree, you can choose to exit the course and be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Science
  • Applied Maths
  • Quality Management
  • Biology of Aquaculture Animals and Plants
  • Aquaculture Principles and Processes
  • Aquatic Microbiology and Health
  • Aquatic Chemistry
  • Technology and Innovation

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Science (Z2J) you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania. The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three of more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

The Associate Degrees are studied during the traditional university Semester study periods.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

No. For all University College units, assessments are built into the course content throughout the semester. If you undertake units from other parts of the University, you may be required to sit some exams. For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Search.

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live case studies, real-world business examples, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry workshops, projects and internships.

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.