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Aquaculture - Research & Innovation (30EC)

Current social developments and changes raise new questions and challenges. These challenges are often very complex. A professional bachelor has to be able to investigate problems and act in a social responsible way. In this specializing minor of HZ you get the role of researcher and learn to deal with these complex challenges. You will learn how to do applied research. You do that partly by attending classes but mainly by carrying out research yourself for an organization. The research is offered by one of the research groups of HZ University of Applied Sciences. In addition, every bachelor is expected to deal with these questions and challenges with an more integral approach and often in a multi-disciplinary team. You will have to cross the boundaries of your own discipline and act in disciplines where others are specialized in. The job market therefore requires not only specialists but also generalists with a critical eye and a proactive attitude. Your research can be part of a complex, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multi-year study. It may be that you carry out research with students from other disciplines. You will be guided in your research by an experienced researcher and a process supervisor.


The research group Aquaculture in Delta Areas of the Delta Academy has its focus on sustainable saline aquaculture in and outside the region Zeeland. Aquaculture is the controlled production of saline crops, algae, seaweed, ragworms, shellfish and fish. Cultivation of these organisms can take place in several (intensive and extensive) ways. The research group Aquaculture has built up an extensive network of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), consultancies and knowledge institutes involved in aquaculture in and outside the Netherlands. The main research topics are; Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), new species to the Dutch situation (such as lobster and abalone), improvement of cultivation environments, groundwater suitability, quality aspects in shellfish cultivation and algae cultivation. The research group Aquaculture uses a full‐fledged research facility SEA Lab, in which many applied research (experiments) are carried out.


In this minor you learn to setup, preform and present applied research. For more information read the short description of the content above.

Aanvullende informatie

To get the minor notified on your diploma within HZ University of Applied Sciences there are no other requirements than to complete the minor successfully. Externally there may be conditions (inform yourself about this in your own university).


The requirements to participate in this minor are included in the implementation regulations of the HZ Education and Examination Regulations (EER) for the programmes of the Delta Academy, Water Management and Civil Engineering. You can find the implementation regulations EER at


1. Professional development

Weighting factor: 25%

Minimum score: 5,5

2. Research products

Research proposal, report and presentation

Weighting factor: 75%

Minimum score: 5,5


Two to three contact moments per week. Duration and nature vary.