MSc Aquatic Pathobiology

Study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of aquatic animal diseases in cultured organisms.

Aquatic Pathobiology

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

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Our Aquatic Pathobiology postgraduate degree gives you a unique opportunity to study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of aquatic animal diseases in cultured organisms. You’ll study at the Institute of Aquaculture, one of the top institutions in this field. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students. This Masters in Aquatic Pathobiology has been taught at the Institute for almost 40 years and is the only postgraduate degree of its kind in the world.

The course combines high-quality, practical work and field visits with class-based training in aquatic disease diagnosis and health management challenges drawn from real situations. You’ll also develop an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species.

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

The Institute of Aquaculture has received the UK’s most prestigious academic honour – the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2019. The honour recognises outstanding work that shows quality and innovation, and delivers real benefit to the wider world through education and training. It recognises our pioneering work in the world’s fastest-growing food production sector and our bid to tackle global hunger.

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Top reasons to study with us

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

The Institute of Aquaculture aims to provide the highest standard of facilities in an ever-changing commercial, academic and regulatory environment. We have freshwater sites in Central Scotland, tropical and temperate freshwater recirculation systems in Stirling and marine facilities in the West of Scotland.

The Institute provides analytical laboratories in all the key priority research areas, including:

  • Genomic, molecular and bioinformatics
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Imaging facilities
  • Nutritional analytical services
  • Water quality services

  • Top 5 in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF2014)

With more than 80 percent of our research rated either world-leading or internationally excellent, students benefit from our focus on research-led teaching in key areas such as Sustainable Aquaculture, Health, Breeding and Genetics, Welfare and Behaviour, and Nutrition. The Institute of Aquaculture was graded the top Aquaculture department in the UK.

What our students said

Lucia Drabikova
Lucia Drabikova
MSc Aquatic Pathobiology
MSc Aquatic Pathobiology covers rather inspiring underwater life topics which is my ever-lasting dream of working in the environment of animal health. It successfully links research and industries. The advantages of studying at Stirling is the wide applicability of the course in the industry. It also allows me to network with aquaculture experts and make contacts with industrial representatives.
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