Masters places for 25 students
UP to 25 funded MSc places are available for 2017/2018 to study aquaculture and fisheries in one of four Scottish universities.
Scottish and EU students (outside the rest of the UK) are eligible for the SAIC (Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre) Scholars Connect Plus, back for a third academic year.
Students can choose from seven MSc programmes at four different Scottish universities:
• Heriot-Watt University – Marine Planning for Sustainable Development or Marine Resource Development and Protection
• University of Aberdeen – Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
• University of Dundee – Geotechnical Engineering in Aquaculture
• University of Stirling – Sustainable Aquaculture, Aquatic Pathobiology or Aquatic Veterinary Studies.
Key to each programme is the stipulation that students undertake their MSc applied research project on an industry identified challenge or opportunity.
The SAIC Scholars initiative also supports a number of added value activities throughout the academic year.
These include the Aquaculture Careers Day, organised by the Aquaculture Students’ Association at the University of Stirling, but now open to all students undertaking an aquaculture related course at a Scottish university.
There is also a series of SAIC hosted industry perspective workshops.
Cori Critchlow-Watton, skills ambassador at SAIC, said:‘We invite leading figures from across the sector to give an insight into their particular special- ism, be that finfish or shellfish, production or supply chain.
‘All students from each of the seven MSc programmes are welcome, so it’s also a way of forging connections between what, ultimately, will be the aquaculture community of the future.’
Dan Mulqueen, a current SAIC Scholar on the University of Stirling’s Sustainable Aquaculture MSc programme, said: ‘SAIC’s industry perspective workshops are the perfect complement to the core MSc programme, enabling you to see how what you’re learning in the lecture theatre or lab can be applied to meet the aims and aspirations of the sector.’
Above: Aquaculture scholars - the community of the future