Research course

Aquatic Food Security

University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences
MSc by research

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work experience are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters in Aquatic Food Security brings a unique perspective to the expertise that already exists in Stirling on global seafood production. It's the only Masters course in the UK that focuses on how seafood can contribute to global food security.

Food security is a complex issue of global significance and understanding the role and contribution of seafood within food security is an emerging research area. Seafood products are provided by both aquaculture and capture fisheries and are one of the most highly traded food products globally. Including seafood in people's daily diet provides an affordable source of macro and micronutrients required for optimal human health and development.

This course will introduce you to the global issues affecting seafood production and trading. You'll gain an understanding of:

  • the key factors affecting aquatic food production
  • post-harvest protocols
  • post-mortem metabolic events
  • microbial/chemical processes key for food safety and quality
  • sensory assessment
  • shelf-life extension technologies

You'll also examine other key issues in seafood trading such as traceability systems, certifications and the impact of governance and legislation on the global seafood sector. You'll follow the food chain from production through to consumer health and welfare.

We have a number of links in the production, processing and retail industries giving you the opportunity to interact with industry and potentially carry out a project which is of direct relevance to the sector.

We also have links within Asia and Europe which gives you the opportunity to undertake the summer research project overseas.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Professor Rachel Norman
+44 (0)1786 467874