Taught course

Aquaculture: Sustainable Aquaculture

University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

Consideration will be given to graduates with an Honours degree in a relevant subject from a university or college recognised by the University of Stirling or an equivalent academic or professional qualification. Consideration will also be given to graduates with an Ordinary or General degree in a relevant subject from a university recognised by the University of Stirling, or an equivalent qualification, and extensive experience in aquaculture and/or fisheries

Aquaculture and Development; Aquaculture and the Environment; Aquaculture Business Management; Aquaculture Nutrition; Aquaculture Systems.

Months of entry


Course content

The Institute of Aquaculture is one of a handful of institutions world-wide wholly devoted to aquaculture science and is the only university department of its kind in the UK. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students.

Our goal is to develop and promote sustainable aquaculture and in pursuit of this carry out research across most areas of aquaculture science including:

  • Reproduction and Genetics
  • Health Management
  • Nutrition
  • Environmental Management
  • Aquaculture Systems and International Development#

Course Objectives

The Institute of Aquaculture provides appropriate and flexible learning opportunities through which you can acquire and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to establish, manage and appraise aquaculture enterprises and development projects in the UK, Europe and overseas.

The course in Sustainable Aquaculture and its related degree outcomes are a natural career progression for most candidates and invaluable for others wishing to enter the aquaculture field. They also provide training for students who wish to pursue a PhD, especially in aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources exploitation and management.

Though all students register for the MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture they have the option specialising at the end of the Foundation modules in one of five degree outcomes: Sustainable Aquaculture, Aquaculture and the Environment, Aquaculture Business Management, Aquaculture and Development and Aquaculture Biotechnology.

The MSc course at the Institute of Aquaculture is highly modularised and is designed to give considerable flexibility for learning, while maintaining a high standard of training. This structure allows students to make more subject choices which will benefit their future career and also have greater flexibility of learning over time. There are 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. The degree outcomes are:

  • Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture
  • Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture and the Environment
  • Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture Business Management
  • Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture and Development
  • Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture Biotechnology

The full Master’s course for each degree outcome is divided into four taught modules, containing 18 subject areas or topics, and a single research project module. The overall course is divided into three parts:

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (10000 words)

Course contact details

John Bostock
+44 (0) 1786 467874