MSc Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries

Aquaculture and fisheries are intertwined; sharing the same environment and frequently interdependent on one another. Ensuring that aquatic farming practices, and wild fish populations, are sustainably managed is essential to support the needs of our growing population and to protect our aquatic ecosystems. The fisheries and aquaculture sectors make essential contributions to global food security and nutrition, contributing >175 million tonnes of production valued at over $400 billion.

Our multidisciplinary approach places emphasis on the sustainable use of aquatic and marine resources for commercial exploitation of food and products. Discover the scientific rationale for improving aquatic animal health and production, reducing environmental impact, and addressing socio-economic factors.

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Key features

  • Our MSc Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries programme provides you with an opportunity to engage with world-leading research, with access to outstanding aquaculture facilities and immersive field trips that will give you the tools to make the most of the global career opportunities in these fields.
  • Choose specialised modules and draw on the expertise of internationally recognised research-active staff. We are ranked 1st globally in relation to SDG 14: Life Below Water, recognising the quality of the University’s marine research and teaching and 19th in the world in SDG 2: Zero Hunger, recognising our research and teaching on hunger and food sustainability (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021).
  • Gain experience from a range of field trips, including the possibility of a residential field course, typically to Greece or Scotland (or an alternative field course), to restocking hatcheries, farms and other related facilities.
  • Join a rich research community working and undertake your research project and technical training with our state-of-the-art facilities including aquaria, wet labs, marine station, nutrition and feed analytical suites and teaching laboratories.
  • Benefit from our strong relationships with government agencies, leaders in industry and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), advancing your technical and scientific knowledge.
  • Graduate opportunities include various career paths within the aquaculture industry, government organisations, NGOs, research and development and sustainability bodies. Previous graduates have progressed into careers in these fields or PhD programmes in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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£19,800 Per Year

International student tuition fee

1 Year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time