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Aquaculture: Sustainable Aquaculture

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The sustainability of aquaculture has been questioned and several incidences of unsustainable practice have marred perceptions of the production systems involved. Despite the negative publicity of the past, aquaculture remains the fastest growing food production system and there is a growing need for aquaculture production to increase to feed the world's population. Achieving this aim in a sustainable manner is at the heart of the Sustainable Aquaculture programme.

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Aquaculture: Sustainable Aquaculture (Named Degree Outcomes)

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As part of the highly flexible method of learning, the following degree outcomes are offered, all of which offer a route to an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate qualification. All students will register for the degree in Sustainable Aquaculture in the first instance and be given the opportunity to change degree outcome at the end of the foundation modules.

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Aquatic Food Security

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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 our daily diet provides an affordable source of macro and micronutrients required for optimal human health and development.

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Aquatic Pathobiology

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Aquatic Pathobiology trains you in the wide range of disciplines and skills necessary for the investigation, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases in all cultured species.

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Aquatic Veterinary Studies

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Food from aquatic systems is essential for much of the world’s population – but wild catches are declining. Fortunately Aquaculture (farming of aquatic animals) is an alternative source of high quality nutrition and employment. Aquaculture has been very successful but diseases can be damaging. Aquaculture has over 40 years of experience in investigating and controlling fish and shrimp diseases worldwide, which it utilises to improve your problem-solving skills, equipping you to make a real contribution to the sustainability of aquaculture.

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Big Data

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Big Data skills are in high demand and they attract high salaries. The MSc Big Data at the University of Stirling is a taught advanced Master's degree covering the technology of Big Data and the science of data analytics.

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Environmental Management

We live in an uncertain world in which the primary influences on the environment result from human activity. Climate change, loss of habitat and biodiversity, radioactive contamination, carbon emissions and flooding are just some of the topics to hit the headlines on a regular basis.  Governments and business increasingly rely on environmental professionals to make critical appraisals of the scientific evidence to guide decisions and to balance the trade-off between economic development, human health and wellbeing and environmental protection. If you see yourself as one of these future professionals then this course is for you.

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Environmental Management (Conservation)

The University of Stirling offers an innovative postgraduate course in Environmental Management (Conservation) leading to the qualification of Diploma or MSc. The course provides both a secure foundation in the scientific principles of conservation and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas via the selection of option units and the Research Project.

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Environmental Management (Energy)

Scotland is seeking to be a world leader in renewable energies and its generating potential is recognised globally, but it is equally renowned for the quality of its natural environment. This provides transferable lessons on the potential for conflict and the need to better understand the various environmental costs associated with 21st-century energy technologies, and how these costs can be evaluated, managed and mitigated.  

If you see yourself contributing to the future of the energy sector (e.g. renewables in Scotland) then this course is for you.

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Health Psychology

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Although people live longer and are currently ‘healthier’ in many ways than before, this has not led to a sense of improved health or wellbeing for all members of society. Health Psychology improves wellbeing by applying psychological theories, methods and research to the promotion of health, prevention and treatment of illness and disability, analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation. A small number of NHS-funded bursaries are normally available to cover tuition fees.

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Human Animal Interaction

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This programme will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and a diverse range of methods used to research our relationships with other species. This course introduces a broad range of topics and considers human-animal interactions across a diverse range of contexts from pet owning to animal assisted interventions, zoos, farms and conservation.

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Psychological Research Methods (Autism Research)

Autism is a developmental disorder diagnosed on the basis of social-communication impairments, and fixated interests and repetitive behaviours. Recent studies estimate that around 1 in every 100 individuals in the UK have autism. Research in autism spectrum disorders is important, not just to understand the causes and symptoms of autism, but to make sure that individuals with autism receive the best possible support.

This MSC in Autism Research is a unique course designed to provide students with an in depth understanding of the autism spectrum. While studying on the course, students will learn about key areas of theory and research in autism, from classification and diagnosis, to socio-cognitive and developmental theories of autism, and interventions.

The course’s innovative approach combines training and teaching in psychological research methods with hands-on experience during a practical placement in an autism-relevant context, and the opportunity to engage in an autism-based research project.

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Psychological Research Methods (Bilingualism Research)

The MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Bilingualism Research) course is for students who already have an honours degree in Psychology, linguistics or a closely related subject. The course would provide solid research training for those students interested in pursuing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at a later stage. Modules will be at level 11 and are shared across existing Psychology MSc courses:

HPSP113 Analysis Methods in Psychological Research (40 credits)

PRMP131 Research Methods in Psychology 1 & 2 (20 credits)

PRMP134 Key Skills for Psychology Researchers (20 credits)

PRMP138 Research Placement (20 credits)

PRMP135 Dissertation (60 credits)

The specialist module, Current issues Bilingualism (20 credits), will provide students with a thorough theoretical background in bilingualism and bring students up to date with the state of the art in bilingualism research and methods. Students will be able to undertake advanced research in an area of bilingualism and advice on bilingualism matters (e.g., second language provision in schools).

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Psychological Research Methods (Child Development)

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The MSc in Child Development is taught by active researchers in early child development. Additional input from social psychologists, health psychologists, neuropsychologists and primatologists gives the course a wider perspective. Stirling is one of only a handful of psychology departments in the country to have an in-house playgroup. This is integral to teaching and research on the MSc.

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Psychological Research Methods (Cognition and Neuropsychology)

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Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour and aims to explain all aspects of experience, from the neural substrates of thought to biases in social behaviour. As a result, psychology tends to be eclectic, drawing on scientific knowledge and methods from other fields to help understand behaviour. The MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Cognition and Neuropsychology) provides an introduction to this fascinating field.

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Psychological Research Methods (Evolutionary Psychology)

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The focus on evolution and behaviour allows students to take a specialised taught module, a research placement and a research project all within this area of study. We have both in-house expertise and excellent collaborative links to help students gain practical research experience in animal behaviour and human evolutionary psychology. All our taught and research postgraduates are integrated within our active behaviour and evolution research group.

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Psychological Research Methods (Perception and Action)

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As we make our way around the world we are continually making decisions and performing actions that are driven by our sense organs. Our perception of the world is not just sensory information, but instead an interpretation based on what our brain expects as well as what it is being told by sense organs.  In addition to broad training in psychological methods, this course ensures that students acquire an understanding of how to measure perceptual experience in a bias-free manner, including the basic framework for understanding such measurements.

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Psychological Research Methods (Psychology of Faces)

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Our internationally renowned team of experts study almost all aspects of face perception, including low level visual processing, adaptation, gaze perception, social perception such as mate preference and attractiveness, mechanisms of recognition and forensic aspects such as unfamiliar face matching and eye witness recovery of memories for faces. This research has led to EvoFIT, a unique system for constructing facial composites of offenders by witnesses and victims of crime. You will become part of this vibrant research community as you study the key research methods related to face research.

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Psychological Therapy in Primary Care

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This Master’s course, delivered jointly by the Universities of Stirling and Dundee, was designed by National Health Service (NHS) professionals and clinical academics to train people to deliver evidence-based psychological therapies to adults in Primary Care.

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Psychology (accredited conversion course)

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This is an intensive one year (12 month) or 27 month part-time course. You already have a degree in another subject but want to ‘convert’ to Psychology. This may be because you have noticed in work that a scientific psychology degree would help you, or because you are seeking a career change or a new intellectual challenge potentially progressing to PhD or MPhil studies.

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