Taught course

Aquatic Veterinary Studies

Institution
University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

September

Course content

Food from aquatic systems is essential for much of the world’s population. However, with wild catches of seafood declining in many places, aquaculture is playing an increasing role as an alternative source of high-quality, nutritious food - and as an employer. Controlling disease is important to the ongoing success of this industry.

This Masters in Aquatic Veterinary Studies provides you with training in the wide range of disciplines and skills you need for the investigation, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases. You’ll develop an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species, as well as specialist expertise in aquatic animal diseases.

You’ll study at the Institute of Aquaculture, one of the top institutions in this field. It’s internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students.

The Institute has over 40 years of experience in investigating and controlling fish and shrimp diseases worldwide, which it uses to improve your problem-solving skills, ultimately equipping you to make a real contribution to the sustainability of aquaculture.

The course can also be seen as preparation for anyone who plans to undertake a PhD in the area of aquatic animal health or disease.

Our students

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and many different countries. Some may have prior experience in general veterinary practice; others already have some experience in fish health laboratories.

Intercalating opportunities for veterinary students

Intercalation gives you the opportunity to take 12 months off of your undergraduate studies to specialise on a subject by undertaking another degree such as a Masters course. Our MSc Aquatic Veterinary Studies is available to all students considering this option. This is a great opportunity as you will gain an additional degree for only one year of study. It offers greater career prospects, and provides you with a specialisation on aquatic veterinary.

After the completion of the Masters, you can return to finish your undergraduate course.

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Information for international students

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

· IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill

· Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 with minimum of 162 in each skill

· Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 162 in each skill

· Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component

· IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

Fees and funding

Please consult our website for up-to-date information on course fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
John Bostock
Email
aquaculture@stir.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1786 467874