University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Aquaculture (Sustainable Aquaculture)

The course is highly modularised and is designed to give considerable flexibility for learning, while maintaining a high standard of training. There is a number of degree outcomes available. These differ primarily in their defined path of required modules; specialised outcomes have more compulsory modules where the Sustainable Aquaculture degree has greater choice. Students will attain background knowledge in the principles of aquaculture and key factors influencing viability of aquatic animal production systems, including an understanding of aquatic animal biology, environmental issues, nutrition, reproduction and genetics, disease and health management.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Course modules

Foundation modules: Principles of Aquaculture; aquaculture Production. Advanced modules (choose two from five): Aquatic environmental resources; animal health & breeding; advanced aquaculture production; aquaculture development; aquaculture biotechnology I.

Assessment methods

Assessments for this course will include laboratory-based practical sessions and fieldwork as well as continuous taught module assessment involving: short tests; seminars; essays; practical reports; critical and computational analysis; field assignments; set project reports. The Research Project module is examined through written dissertation and seminar presentations by both examiners and the external examiner.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
MSc Distance learning £ 12,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 15,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland
Distance learning

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