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Course Overview

Oceans once teeming with life are being whittled away. This disintegration of the ocean’s wildlife corresponds with market demand for seafood, which has risen exponentially in the last few decades.


Aquaculture holds significant potential in providing a healthy and sustainable protein source for human consumption. As seafood consumption rises, substantial production growth is needed to meet the increasing demand.


In this course, you will learn the important aspects of Aquaculture, including Feed Nutrition, Diseases Management, Hatchery Technology, Aquaculture Systems, and more! Graduates can look forward to exciting careers in marine conservation parks, the government sector, aquaculture and ornamental farms, as well as marine research facilities and institutions.

Entry Requirements


‘O’ Levels

At least 3 ‘O’ Level passes in the following subjects: 

English Language (EL1 or EL2) Grade 1 – 7

Any mathematics subject Grade 1 – 6

Any science subject Grade 1 – 6

and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec

GPA ≥ 2.0 OR

GPA ≥ 1.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR


GPA ≥ 3.5 OR

GPA ≥ 3.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 2.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 3.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
WSQ Qualification Relevant WSQ Qualification with 1 year of relevant working experience and WSQ Workplace Literacy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6) AND Workplace Numeracy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6)
Without relevant academic qualifications At least 2 years of relevant working experience

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Who Should Attend

Individuals working in the marine research institutions, ornamental fish, foodfish, aquatic conservation and related industries, and those with interest in aquaculture.

What You'll Learn

To be awarded the Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture), participants are required to complete a total of 5 modular certificates (MCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each MC.

Modular Certificate in Aquaculture Sciences

The Modular Certificate In Aquaculture Sciences equips students with fundamental knowledge about Aquaculture Sciences. You will learn the basic knowledge of principles of aquatic nutrition, aquatic animal disease transmission, identification and methods for diagnosing, as well as learning about larval and early life history biology and endocrinology with the practices and processes that underpin hatchery operations.

Subject Code Subject
AAQU104 Aquatic Animal Nutrition and Feed Development

This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of aquatic nutrition and requirements at different stages of the life cycle of different aquatic animals, including teleost, molluscs and crustaceans. The digestive system and feeding behaviour of these aquatic animals will also be outlined.

AAQU105 Aquatic Animal Health and Disease Management

This subject covers the common causes of aquatic animal diseases transmission, identification and methods for diagnosing aquatic animal diseases. Quarantine measures and procedures such as vaccination, prophylaxis, disease prevention and control will be highlighted. Research regulation such as National Advisory Committee for Laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) and Responsible Care and Use of Fish (RCUF), International Organisation for Animal Health and Aquatic Animal Health Code will also be covered.

AAQU106 Hatchery Technology

This subject will integrate knowledge about larval and early life history biology and endocrinology with the practices and processes that underpin hatchery operations for algal, molluscan, crustacean and finfish production. This unit will expose students to a range of practices across key tropical and temperate aquaculture species, including the management of broodstock, spawning aids management of live feeds, timing in production of juvenile animals, and hatchery hygiene.

Modular Certificate in Aquatic Systems and Mechanics

The Modular Certificate In Aquatic Systems And Mechanics equips students with fundamental knowledge about Aquaculture Engineering. To design an aquaculture system, you will learn the fundamental laws of fluid behaviour and flow in pipes, maintenance and installation of high-tech life support system for various groups of aquatic animals, as well as water quality management.

Subject Code Subject
AAQU204 Basic Fluid Mechanics

The principal aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the properties of fluids and to introduce fundamental laws and description of fluid behaviour and flow. Dynamic flow analysis inclusive of technique in solving flow problems is introduced especially to determine flow measurement, mass or volumetric flow rate, momentum in flow and loss in pipe network to aquatic system.

AAQU205 Aquaculture Engineering

The subject covers concepts and principles of aquatic systems for recirculating systems in an aquaculture farm. Maintenance and installation of high tech life support system (lss) for various groups of aquatic animals as well as costs of production and resource needs will also be covered.

AAQU206 Water Quality Management

This subject covers the knowledge and skills on water quality and water treatment in aquaculture systems. The topics included techniques for water quality testing and remote monitoring.

Modular Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture and Environmental Sciences

The Modular Certificate In Sustainable Aquaculture & Environmental Sciences equips students with knowledge on emerging issues of environmental concern, principles of biodiversity and ecosystems, and the technologies, principles and concept of aquaculture sustainability.

Subject Code Subject
AAQU304 Environmental Science

This subject covers the study of patterns and processes in the natural world and their modification by human activities. Major environmental issues such as global climate system and climate change, and native issues relating to the environment in the context of aquaculture will be discussed. This subject will survey some key environmental science topics at an introductory level, and ultimately consider the sustainability of human activities.

AAQU305 Aquatic Ecology and Biodiversity

This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of biodiversity and ecosystems in marine, brackish and freshwater environment with emphasis on the ecological concepts pertinent to aquaculture systems. Key differences between a natural aquatic system and artificial aquatic ecosystem will be discussed.

AAQU306 Sustainable Aquaculture

This subject will explore the principles of sustainability and the technologies enabling it. Student will also explore the cultivation of aquatic organism for commercial purposes with positive impact on the environment, such as contributing to local social community development and generating an economic profit.

Modular Certificate in Aquaculture Technology

The Modular Certificate in Aquaculture Technology equips students with the latest development trends in Aquaculture. You will explore a new area of development and understanding of seafood post-harvest technology. You will be exposed to current and relevant topics and issues in the local and global aquaculture through discussion and dialogue with academics and industry players. Students will be given opportunities to solve practical problems and conduct research through self-managed aquaculture projects.

Subject Code Subject
AAQU404 Seafood Post Harvest Technology

This subject gives students a sound understanding of seafood processing and handling methods. Students will learn wet processing methods, high and low temperature preservation techniques, sashimi handling as well as traditional preservation methods of smoking, salting, canning, drying and low pH. During practical, students will learn the importance of good cleaning and sanitation practices. In addition, the methods and techniques associated with the storage and transportation of live crustaceans, bivalve molluscs and finfish will be explained and demonstrated.

AAQU405 Global Perspective in Aquaculture

This subject is intended to broaden exposure of students to current and relevant topics and issues in the local and global aquaculture through discussion and dialogue with both academics and industry players. It will cover broad areas such as aquaculture biology, global aquatic pollution, antimicrobial resistance/use in aquaculture, food security through sustainable farming, vertical and underground farming and the use of natural resources.

AAQU406 Application in Aquaculture

This subject provides a framework for student to solve practical problems, conduct research work and/or develop studies, through a self-directed aquaculture project.

Modular Certificate in Aquaculture Management

The Modular Certificate In Aquaculture Management equips students with specific needs to design and operating farms from environmental and regulatory perspectives. Students will learn about the considerations for business setup in aquaculture, fundamental principles of economics, as well as developing business strategies for sustainable aquaculture.

Subject Code Subject
AAQU504 Aquaculture Farm Management and Regulations

This subject covers the specific needs when designing and operating farms from environmental and regulatory perspectives. Regulatory requirements for disease reporting and guide on good record keeping practices that provides supporting evidence of good farm practices and facilitating trade will be covered. Common food safety hazards in aquaculture to qualify for standards and guidelines for food safety in aquaculture products, as well as SFA’s food safety sampling programme will be highlighted as well.

AAQU505 Business Economics

The subject covers the fundamental principles of economics for understanding how individuals and aquaculture firms make decisions. It will focus on the various aspects of the product market: demand and supply, elasticity, market competition, product differentiation.

AAQU506 Enterprise Business Plan

This subject covers the essentials of a business plan. The subject highlights the impact of the aquaculture markets, competitors as well as business strategies on businesses. It addresses the roles of aquaculture operations and management team, the significance of financial forecasts and financing requirements to the organisation. Business continuity and contingency plans (such as handling emergencies and equipment on standby for deployment, manpower calculations required to handle such emergencies) will also be covered.

Modes of Assessment


100% coursework

Career Opportunities

Graduates can expect employment prospects across industries such as marine conservation park, government sector, aquaculture and ornamental farms, and marine research facilities/ institutions in the following types of positions:


a) Farm Technician at food fish/ ornamental fish farms

b) Aquarist at marine conservation parks

c) Research Technician at marine research facilities

d) Seafood/ Farm Inspector at government agencies

Course Schedule/Apply

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

April 2024

To be announced

2.5 years


Online application may close earlier for courses with overwhelming response.


For details on Application and Admission Process, please click here.

Course Fees

Course Fees per Modular Certificate

Fees Type Course Fees per MC
(w GST) 

Singapore Citizens

Aged 40 and above (Individual or SME-sponsored) S$327.42
Aged below 40 S$500.76
SME-sponsored aged below 40 S$338.76
Others & Repeat Students S$3,351.24
Non-Singapore Citizens
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,380.24
SME-sponsored (Singapore Permanent Residents) S$362.88
Others & Repeat Students S$3,440.88

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Course fees payable is based on per Modular Certificate.

Course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.


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    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757

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