This Masters in Aquatic Food Security brings a unique perspective to the expertise that already exists in Stirling on global seafood production. It's the only Master's course in the UK that focuses on how seafood can contribute to global food security.
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 people's daily diet provides an affordable source of macro and micronutrients required for optimal human health and development.
This course will introduce you to the global issues affecting seafood production and trading. You'll gain an understanding of:
- the key factors affecting aquatic food production
- post-harvest protocols
- post-mortem metabolic events
- microbial/chemical processes key for food safety and quality
- sensory assessment
- shelf-life extension technologies
You'll also examine other key issues in seafood trading such as traceability systems, certifications and the impact of governance and legislation on the global seafood sector. You'll follow the food chain from production through to consumer health and welfare.
We have a number of links in the production, processing and retail industries giving you the opportunity to interact with industry and potentially carry out a project which is of direct relevance to the sector.
We also have links within Asia and Europe which gives you the opportunity to undertake the summer research project overseas.
Top reasons to study with us
#1 This is the only MSc in the UK that focuses on how seafood can contribute to global food security
#2 You'll be taught by experts in the Institute of Aquaculture which is internationally recognised for both research and teaching
#3 You'll get opportunities to interact with industry
We have a number of links in the production, processing and retail industries which provides you with the opportunity to interact with industry and potentially carry out a project which is of direct relevance to the sector. We also have links within Asia and Europe which gives you the chance to undertake the research project overseas.
This course shares some modules with the MSc Sustainable Aquaculture. There's flexibility within the system to change your degree title depending on what advanced modules you complete. The course is divided into four taught modules, containing 18 subject areas or topics, and a single research project module. The overall course is divided into three parts:
- Semester 1 - foundation modules
There are two compulsory modules consisting of six topics of study, taken consecutively, giving instruction in basic aquaculture concepts and skills. Successful completion of both foundation modules will qualify you for a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture. You'll select a particular named degree outcome at the end of the foundation modules. Topics of study within the advanced modules are then chosen.
- Semester 2 - advanced modules
In order to graduate with an MSc Aquatic Food Security you must take a module in Food Quality and Safety for the first six weeks and then you can choose one module from three for the second six weeks of teaching. You'll choose from Animal Health and Breeding, Aquaculture Development or Numerical Skills.
- Semester 3 - research project module
Projects can be lab or field-based or involve a desk study analysis/report or mathematical modelling exercise. Successful completion of the module will qualify you for the MSc Aquatic Food Security.
You can study this course full-time or through a discontinuous study by block release. The course is available on a block-release basis (by selecting individual or a series of modules) over a period not exceeding five academic years.
You'll be taught through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Laboratory-based practical sessions are also important elements of the course.
Taught module assessment is continuous, involving short tests, seminars, essays, practical reports, critical and computational analysis, field assignments and set project reports.
Your research project module is examined through written dissertation and seminar presentations by both supervisors and an external examiner.
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Fees - 2018/2019
- Overseas £18,970
- Home/EU £6,300
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