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BSc (Hons) Aquaculture

UCAS Code C163; C164 Part-time study available Fast-track your degree Study abroad opportunities

Our course from the world-leading Institute of Aquaculture will teach you everything you need to know to kick-start your career in Aquaculture.

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

By 2050, the world population is predicted to be 9.7 billion and food demand is projected to double. Aquaculture is a solution already providing over 50 percent of all fish for human consumption. Worldwide, aquaculture is the fastest-growing food production sector and one of Scotland’s biggest export markets. Keeping our aquatic environments healthy, protected and sustainable is vital for our planet.

Aquaculture – or aquatic agriculture – is more than just 'fish farming'. It includes the culture of many species, including crocodiles and turtles. Our course is the perfect place to kick-start your career in aquaculture, or to work with related fish-farm, pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies.

The excellence of our course is rooted in the Institute of Aquaculture, the leading international centre and the largest of its kind in the world. You’ll benefit from our expertise in teaching, research and consultancy. You'll also have the opportunity to pursue projects overseas, often in conjunction with our research and development activities.

Studying aquaculture at Stirling will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be the difference and help feed the future.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Higher
    AABB - by the end of S5
    AAAB - by the end of S6

    GCE A-level
    BBB

    IB Diploma
    32 points

    BTEC (Level 3)
    DDM

    Essential subjects
    To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

    Widening access students
    Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

  • Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

    SQA Advanced Highers
    ABB

    GCE A-levels
    ABB

    IB Diploma
    35 points

    Essential subjects
    To include Biology and one of Environmental Science, Geography or Geology.

  • Other Scottish qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND
    Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

    Access courses
    University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

    SWAP access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

    Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

    Foundation Apprenticeships
    Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

    Essential subjects
    To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

  • Other qualifications

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
    Merits and Distinctions

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
    Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

    Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

    Essential subjects
    To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

  • Advanced entry

    Year 2 entry
    Entry into Year 2 may be possible depending on your HNC/HND course. To find out more go to our articulation page.

    Other qualifications
    Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications. To find out more go to our Advanced entry page.

    Essential subjects
    To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • English language requirements

    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 Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • 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

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Semesters 1-4 cover biology and marine science modules, including: Our Blue Planet; Our Thirsty Planet; Laboratory Skills; Our Hungry Planet; and Evolution and Genetics.

During Semesters 5-8, core modules include: Microbiology and Animal Physiology, together with specialised modules such as Aquaculture Production Environments; and Genetics and Reproduction, plus an Aquaculture field course.

In Semesters 5 and 6, you could benefit from an exchange programme with various institutions across the world including Australia, Canada and the USA.

In Semester 7, you will study specialist modules such as Aquaculture Nutrition and Aquatic Disease, each led by one of the Institute’s major research groups.

Overseas projects in Semester 8 are encouraged and past projects have been located throughout Europe, North and South America, the Indian subcontinent, Asia, Oceania and Australasia.

The Institute of Aquaculture brings together cross-disciplinary, world class researchers. We’ve a first-class international reputation in teaching, research, contract research and consultancy for aquaculture. We collaborate with academic research institutions throughout Europe and beyond, including Spain, China, Brazil, Norway and Thailand.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2019/20 on this course of study.

Course details

  • Teaching

    We've been awarded five star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2018. Our academic staff use their international research activities to teach you the latest thinking and trends in Aquaculture.

    Our teaching is delivered through formal lectures and practical classes, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, fieldwork and guided reading and research.

  • Fieldwork

    In addition to day visits to nearby facilities, you’ll take part in a field course to study aquaculture in practice.

  • Assessment

    Each semester module is assessed by a combination of coursework (usually 50 percent) and written examination.

    Final degree classification is derived from your performance in Semesters 5 – 8 and does not involve a large final examination.

  • Study abroad

    Overseas projects in Semester 8 are encouraged and past projects have been located throughout Europe, North and South America, the Indian subcontinent, Asia, Oceania and Australasia.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2019 and 2020 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2021 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    £1,820*

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £14,820

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

    The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    In addition, students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

    You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

  • The Institute of Aquaculture was ranked highly in the most recent Research Excellence Framework exercise with 88% internationally recognised rating.
  • We are top 5 in the UK for agriculture and veterinary sciences (REF 2014).
  • The University of Stirling consistently earns five QS Stars for employability, with more than 97% of our students in employment or further education within six months of graduating. (HESA DLHE 2016/17)

What jobs can you get with an Aquaculture degree?

A graduate in Aquaculture is well equipped to enter both the expanding field of aquaculture or related positions, including:

  • aquaculture development
  • aquaculture production
  • hatchery companies
  • fish farm companies
  • environmental impact assessment
  • environmental and conservation fields
  • pollution control
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • fisheries management
  • governmental regulatory departments.

In addition, there is a wide range of more general graduate employment opportunities, such as with biotechnological companies, bioinformatics, health and clinical sciences, forensic science, medical sales and marketing, science journalism and teaching.

There is also the option to gain further advanced postgraduate training to Masters and PhD levels if you want to develop specialist skills or to pursue a research career.

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