Founded in 1971, the Institute of Aquaculture is the leading international centre in its field, and the largest of its kind in the world. We proudly bring together world-class researchers from a variety of disciplines in order to meet the wide range of challenges the world faces as aquaculture grows to meet global demand. Our research focuses on critical questions, such as how to develop strategies for sustainable aquaculture and aquatic food security, how to inform modern commercial markets and how to support communities in developing countries so they have enough to eat.

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QS World Rankings top 150 in the world by subject for agriculture and forestry

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Aquaculture research at Stirling is ranked within the top 5 for Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences in the UK (REF 2014), and among the best in the world, with over 80% judged as internationally excellent or world-leading in the last UK assessment of research quality. Our excellent staff, facilities and networks, including the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre hosted at Stirling, make us the natural first choice for research partners from across the globe. We have four main areas of research:

Genetics & Reproduction

Sustainable Aquaculture

Health & Welfare


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We provide an inspiring, engaging and collaborative student experience. We are committed to ensuring you realise your potential, and are equipped with the knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in your field of study. We are positioned 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for graduate employability, with 97% of our students in work or further study within six months of graduating.

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Consultancy services

The Institue of Aquaculture offers consultancy and analytical service aimed at developing and supporting emerging technologies. We provide aquaculture business consultancy, veterinary diagnostics, vaccine & therapeutant testing, environmental consultancy and nutrition analysis. We also have large marine & freshwater research facilities available for commercial scale aquaculture research.

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