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Doctorate in Aquaculture




6 to 8 Semesters


General Description

The Doctorate in Aquaculture is a joint program between the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN), the Universidad de Chile (UCH) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), leading to the academic title of Doctor of Aquaculture. The UCN section of the program is delivered in the city of Coquimbo, 450 km north of the Chilean capital of Santiago and the city of Valparaíso.


To train scientists of excellence in the field of Aquaculture and related disciplines, who are able to generate and transmit knowledge and innovation for the development of Aquaculture in the public and private sectors, and to develop cutting-edge, multidisciplinary studies with honesty, commitment and social responsibility.


The Doctoral Program in Aquaculture aims to consolidate its position as a leading national program and attain international recognition for scientific and technological research aimed at generating innovation and solutions in Aquaculture. The program trains competent, creative and innovative researchers, with an ethical outlook focusing on the common good and collective interest.

Graduate Profile

Upon graduating from this program, Doctors in Aquaculture will have an excellent foundation in biological sciences and Aquaculture, allowing them to diagnose problems in Aquaculture production, manage and develop processes of research and scientific and technological innovation, and design, propose and apply solutions to improve the efficiency of marine production systems.


The objective of the program is to prepare doctors in Aquaculture in the country with excellent foundations in biological sciences and aquaculture, who are prepared to carry out scientific and technological research and to integrate into the private or state sector in order to participate in the process of innovation and diversification of methods and systems of Aquaculture production.

Candidate Profile

The program is aimed at professionals with an interest in aquaculture production, managing and developing research and scientific and technological innovation, designing, proposing and applying solutions to improve the efficiency of aquaculture production systems.

Plan of Studies

This is a face-to-face program with a duration of 8 academic semesters. For the first three of these semesters, the student should dedicate themselves exclusively to the program. The first semester is taught in Santiago, the second semester is delivered in the city of Coquimbo and the third in the city of Valparaiso. Having completed all of the core and elective courses, in the fourth semester the student should take the final examination, and will then be able to begin work on their thesis. Students may carry out their thesis project at any of the institutions participating in the program, or at another institution or in their home country, as established in the Code of Regulations of the Doctoral Program.

The main areas of development offered by the program are:

  • Basic biological research (organisms)
  • Technological innovation (bio-engineering)
  • Environmental management
  • Economics and legislation




Candidates for the Doctoral program in Aquaculture should hold a university degree or equivalent academic qualification (minimum of 8 semesters) in science or technology, from a university in Chile or abroad. Candidates with prior professional experience in the area or who have a Master’s Degree will be given preference.

Admissions Policy

The Admissions process is designed to select the best candidates for the program. An Academic Committee will rule on admissions, selecting candidates according to their professional and work experience as well as their performance at the personal interview which is the last stage of the applications process.

Places on the program are valid for a single academic year. Approved candidates who do not enroll in the program must apply again for the following academic year.

The student should enroll in the university of the Tutor selected during the application process.


General Fees $285.000.- (CLP)
1st Year Enrollment Fee $3.500.000.- (CLP)
Total Program Fees: $14.000.000.- (CLP)
Observations: Program fee does not include general fees or cost of academic diploma.

* 2020 Admission Fees.

Campus and Schedule

First Semester – Santiago Universidad de Chile
Second Semester – Coquimbo – Universidad Católica del Norte.
Third Semester – Valparaíso – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso


Director: Eduardo Uribe Tapia
Telephone: (56-51) 2209781
Email: euribe@ucn.cl

Secretary: Tamara Ponce Mendoza
Telephone: (56-51) 2205935
Email: docacui@ucn.cl




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