University of Stirling - Institute of Aquaculture

The Institute of Aquaculture is the top-rated aquaculture research and training department in the UK, a leading international centre in this field, the largest of its kind and in the top 150 of World University Rankings of schools of agriculture. The Institute combines cross-disciplinary, world class research on environments, reproduction, genetics, aquatic health, nutrition and feed supplies, on production systems, markets, and on social and economic impacts to meet the wide range of challenges faced as aquaculture grows to meet global demands. The research and training focuses on fundamental questions relating to strategies for sustainable aquaculture, whether in modern commercial markets or in feeding poor communities in developing countries. The research is loosely focused in four groups:sustainable aquaculture, health and welfare, nutrition and genetics and reproduction with substantial inter-group activity responding to the challenges posed by the growth and development of world aquaculture and facing the complex, multi-discipinary issues of sustaining aquatic food security through the 21st century.

The University of Stirling is a member of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland and information about equipment, knowledge and capabilities within the MASTS community is available at the following link: MASTS

Contact Information
Director / Head: 
Prof Simon MacKenzie
Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA
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Students by Subject Area (UK and EU / International)

Subject Area Diploma FdSc BSc Masters PhD
Aquaculture and fisheries 0 / 0 0 / 0 5 / 0 20 / 0 10 / 0
Marine biology 0 / 0 0 / 0 100 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0

Funding by Source

Funding Proportion
Scottish Funding Council 40-59%
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council 0-19%
Other public sector 0-19%
Government departments 0-19%
UK private sector 0-19%
European Community 0-19%

Consultancy Services and Products

Aquaculture Mr J. Bostock
Water quality Mr W. Struthers