Masters places for 25 stu­dents

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

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

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