Greater flexibility to strengthen career prospects

At the Institute of Aquaculture you can choose to study from a range of seven Aquaculture related Master's degrees, allowing you to choose a subject of specific interest to you or your employer. See our courses.

Don't worry if you do not know which degree to apply for. All of our Masters students apply to do a Sustainable Aquaculture degree. Once you have completed the basic Foundation topics you can then decide which outcome to study, and what your final degree will be.

All of our Masters degrees are created from discrete study topics, and structured in the same way allowing for a greater flexibility of subject choice to strengthen career prospects in all branches of aquaculture. If you do not want to complete a full MSc degree, you can also choose your exit point and can study for a Postgraduate Certificate, or a Postgraduate Diploma instead.


Doctoral Studies and Masters Degrees by Research

Postgraduate research is a very important part of the Institutes’ research portfolio and research students contribute substantially to many of our major research achievements. The Institute offers Doctoral and Masters projects supervised by experienced staff in all of our subject areas, and attempts are made to tailor projects to students own background and interests.

Find out more about the Institute's research groups.

A PhD will normally take three years to complete and an MPhil by research 2 years. The Institute currently has approximately 90 registered research students and these together with our taught postgraduate and undergraduate students constitute a thriving student body. We regard postgraduate students as an important part of our research strategy and research team and we actively seek good quality candidates in all research areas.


As an Institute with an international reputation in research and postgraduate teaching, we provide a supportive and stimulating environment for research students. All academic staff are active in research and are involved in the supervision of students. Wherever possible, supervisors operate an open door policy for their students for regular, informal contact. Students are normally assigned projects which complements existing research programmes and are encouraged to participate in and interact with related research activities of the Institute as a whole. Research students are encouraged to take certain portions of the taught MSc Courses which are relevant to their research topic.

Skills & Career Development

In addition to the scientific activities of the specific research projects students are trained in as wide a range as possible of research methodologies and transferable skills. These include statistics, experimental design, use of information technologies, safety issues, financial management, and written and verbal communication. The University of Stirling has its own Graduate Research School, which supports the postgraduate research community within the University and provides additional training to develop your transferable and employment seeking skills.

Students are required to present seminars on their research within the Institute and they are also encouraged and supported to attend conferences and scientific meetings to present their work. A weekly seminar programme involving external and internal speakers, provides a forum for scientific discussion and dissemination of information. The Institute hosts an annual conference to provide research students with the opportunity to present their work to invited guests from industry. Find out more here.

Institute research students are consistently successful in obtaining employment in publicly funded and commercial organisations associated with aquaculture, both in the UK and overseas.

Continuing Professional Development

The Institute of Aquaculture provides opportunities for Continuing Professional Development with our world-renowned, cross-disciplinary, teaching and research department. Short courses are delivered by internationally-recognised experts and can provide much sought after training in key areas relevant to industry and regulatory services.

If you are already employed in the aquaculture or related sectors, why not speak to your manager about opportunities for continuing professional development? Even if you are not in the sector, you can still join us to broaden your knowledge.

Most of our CPD courses are taught at SCQF Level 11 which is equivalent to Masters degree level. Courses are taught over a 2-week period at the Institute. Courses are available in a wide variety of aquaculture-related areas found in the right sidebar.

If you have specific group training needs in any of these areas, please let us know. We may be able to tailor short courses to meet your requirements.

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