Dip. Aquaculture With Entrepreneurship

Approval Code R/620/4/0001; 10/2024
Accreditation Code MQA/FA4100
Classification Diploma
Subject Area Aquaculture with Entrepreneurship
Course Mode Full-time
Course Duration 2 Years
Course Location Kuala Lumpur
Intakes January, May and September

Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms – fish, crusta-ceans, mollusks, and even plants. It has been touted as a good alternative to commercial fishing for providing food and livelihood.

In many developing countries fish and other aquaculture products serve as the main source of cheap protein to combat malnutrition and under nutrition; fish having essential amino acids which are often lacking in cereal protein substitutes.

The Diploma in Aquaculture with Entrepreneurship enhances the scientific understanding of various aquatic farming activities ranging from fish, shellfish, ornamental fish and corals to seaweed cultivation. In ensuring students have an edge after graduation; this programme integrates the scientific aspects of aquaculture with the business aspects thus enabling students to venture into commercial activities such as business and entrepreneurship.

Academic Requirements
Minimum 3 credits, inclusive of Mathematics and 1 science subject
Minimum grades of B in 3 subjects, inclusive of Mathematics and 1 science subject
Polytechnic/Certificate Equivalents
Minimum CGPA 2.0
Equivalent Courses
Case-by-case basis

*To be reviewed by the University on a case-to-case basis.

Note / Legend:

Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

SPM – Credit (A+ – C)
UEC – Credit (A1 – B6)
O-Level – min. Credit (A1 – C6)
WAEC – min. Credit (A1 – C6)
STPM – min. Principal – ‘C’ grade (GPA 2.00)
A-levels – min. Principal – ‘E’ grade (GPA 2.00)
SAM/CPU – min. Pass – 50%

English Language Requirements for International Students
  • A minimum score of 4.0 in IELTS OR
  • Band 2 in MUET OR
  • A minimum score of 30-31 in TOEFL iBT OR
  • A minimum score of 36 in Pearson Test of English OR
  • A minimum score of 140 in Cambridge English Qualification and Tests OR
  • English as a medium of instruction letter.
  • In the event that the English Language Requirements are not met, student may be required to undertake additional English module(s) prior to or concurrently with the undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.

International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but which are not conducted in English, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the English for Tertiary Education (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfil the above English requirements prior to commencing their studies at the University.

  • Aquaculture Entrepreneurs – Main roles include disseminating information on techniques and the latest technology to cultivate ornamental fishes, corals and other marine organisms.
  • Researchers – Often called aquaculture farm managers, hatchery managers, fisheries officers, research officers, and science officers, researchers study the creatures found in aquatic environments.
  • Aquarists – They maintain exhibits at large public aquariums, while also teaching their colleagues and other interested people about aquariums and aquatic exhibits.
  • Aquaculture Farmer – They raise fish and shellfish for a variety of uses such as food, bait, or breeding stock. Basic animal care, water quality maintenance, and personnel management duties may be a part of an aquaculture farmer’s position (both technician and management positions are available in the aquaculture industry).
  • Food Scientists/Quality Control Inspectors – Ensure that products (seafood) meet standards of quality and safety.
Year 1
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Introduction to Internet Technology
  • Business Communication for Diploma
  • Malaysian Studies (for Local students) (MPU1) / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (for International students) (MPU1)
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience I (MPU4)
  • Aquatic Ecosystems and Environmental Management
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • Business Essentials
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Co-Operative Placement 1
Year 2
  • Entrepreneurship (MPU2)
  • Basic and Practices of Marketing
  • Aquaculture Facility Selection and Design
  • Water Quality and Analysis
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience II (MPU4)
  • Malaysian Eco-Tourism / Malaysian Traditional Food (MPU3)
  • Introduction to Biological Research and Analysis
  • Operational Management for Aquaculture
  • Aquatic Health and Diseases
  • Management of Water Systems
  • Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Logistics Business Strategy & Planning
  • Brood-stock Management for Aquaculture
  • Co-Operative Placement 2


General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
– For Malaysian students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
– For foreign students:
  1. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2

All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 52,140

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International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 63,010

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