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MSc Sustainable Aquaculture

University of Stirling


Our Masters in Sustainable Aquaculture explores the principles of aquaculture and the key factors influencing the viability of aquatic animal farming and food production systems. You’ll develop an understanding of aquatic animal biology, environmental issues, nutrition, reproduction and genetics, disease and health management.

With practical application at the core of your studies, you can choose to focus on specific aspects of sustainable aquaculture, including:

  • advanced broodstock management
  • aquaculture policy and planning
  • livelihood analysis
  • environmental management and biodiversity
  • feed formulation and resources
  • aquatic animal health control
  • epidemiology
  • ecotoxicology

You can also explore the commercial business of sustainable aquaculture, with optional modules covering marketing, business studies and economics. You’ll learn the skills necessary to establish, manage and appraise aquaculture enterprises and development projects from within the industry or public sector. Students can exit at PG Cert and PG Dip awards.

Course objectives

The Institute of Aquaculture has been closely associated with the global expansion of aquaculture, initially through developing and improving the existing production systems and the development of new farmed species.

In recent years our research has focused on increasing the sustainability and security of aquaculture development and practice, and on improving the efficiency of utilising natural resources. You’ll have the unique opportunity to be associated with these activities and get an insight into all aspects of aquaculture sciences and development worldwide.

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  • Foundations of Aquatic Production (AQUPGA1)
  • Aquaculture in Practice (AQUPGA2)
  • Aquaculture Nutrition (AQUPGP1)
  • Environmental Systems (AQUPGM2)
  • Genetics and Reproduction (AQUPGP3)
  • Aquaculture and Society (AQUPGM4)
  • Aquaculture Health Control (AQUPGP4)
  • Project (Aquaculture) (AQUPGAP)
  • Dissertation Project (Breeding and Genetics) (AQUPGCP)
  • Project (Aquaculture & Development) (AQUPGDP)
  • Requirements

    Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
    1 year


    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time