Food from aquatic systems is essential for much of the world’s population. However, with wild catches of seafood declining in many places, aquaculture is playing an increasing role as an alternative source of high-quality, nutritious food - and as an employer. Controlling disease is important to the ongoing success of this industry.
This Masters in Aquatic Veterinary Studies from University of Stirling provides you with training in the wide range of disciplines and skills you need for the investigation, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases. You’ll develop an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species, as well as specialist expertise in aquatic animal diseases.
You’ll study at the Institute of Aquaculture, one of the top institutions in this field. It’s internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students.
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.
The Institute of Aquaculture has pioneered the development of aquaculture disease management. We have over 40 years of experience in investigating and controlling fish and shrimp diseases worldwide, which it uses to improve your problem-solving skills, ultimately equipping you to make a real contribution to the sustainability of aquaculture.
The course can also be seen as preparation for anyone who plans to undertake a PhD in the area of aquatic animal health or disease.
This course has run for almost 40 years and we’ve trained over 200 students (in combination with Aquatic Pathobiology) from all over the world. As a graduate, your expertise will be relevant to a wide range of potential careers in aquatic animal health. Your selected career path will depend on your personal interests, as well as your previous experiences. Graduates have gone on to work as aquatic health consultants, with government fisheries departments, and as managers of seafood farms and aquaria.
The course provides training for those who wish to pursue a PhD, especially in aquaculture, aquatic health, fisheries and aquatic resources management.
In combination with the Aquatic Pathobiology degree these are the destinations of our graduates over the last five years:
- About 30 percent have gone on to a PhD or further research
- Around 20 percent work in government fisheries departments
- About 15 percent are university lecturers
- The remainder are managers of farms or aquaria or have other similar types of employment
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- Foundations of Aquatic Production
- Aquaculture in Practice
- Aquaculture Diagnosis Skills: Histopathology and Viral Disease
- Parasites and Treatments
- Aquaculture Health Control
- Project (Aquatic Veterinary Studies)
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- 12 months
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International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.
DisciplinesBiology Veterinary Medicine Marine Studies View 46 other Masters in Marine Studies in United Kingdom
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- A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent in Veterinary Medicine. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
- If you don’t currently meet the academic requirements for this course, INTO University of Stirling offers a variety of preparation programmes that can earn you the qualifications and skills you need for direct entry.
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International23325 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23325 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National9850 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9850 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.