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

#1 We're ranked in the UK top 5 for agriculture and veterinary sciences (REF 2014).

#2 Course run by the world-renown Institute of Aquaculture

#3 Our cross-disciplinary researchers collaborate with research institutions worldwide.

Course details

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 have 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.


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18. 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.


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


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.


Dr Darren Green, Senior Lecturer

+44 (0) 1786 467872


Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU) £ 14,460.00
  • Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
  • Students from the rest of the UK £9,250
Program taught in:
  • English

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