MSc Programme

SAIC’s MSc programme is designed to make studying for an aquaculture-related MSc more accessible, offering fully-funded places at nine Scottish universities.

fully funded MSc places

How can I get a fully funded MSc place?

The key to a fully funded MSc place is that you undertake your research project on an industry-identified issue relevant to Scottish aquaculture, giving you a heightened awareness of the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector.

In addition, SAIC hosts a series of workshops throughout the academic year, where you can get the perspective of sector professionals, make valuable connections for your future career, and forge useful ties with peers at other universities.

Am I eligible?

The places are open for applicants domiciled in Scotland and you must meet the Scottish Funding Council residency requirements.

You are eligible for a funded place if you are:

  • a permanent resident of Scotland for at least three years prior to the start of the programme (i.e. living in Scotland for a purpose other than studying

You are not eligible if you are:

  • a Scottish applicant not permanently resident of Scotland for three years prior to the start of the programme
  • an EU student
  • an RUK student

Where can I study for a fully funded MSc?

You can find a list below of all the eligible courses at each of the academic institutions we work with. 

What do I do next?

Have a look at the eligible courses below. Click the link to visit the University website to find out more about the course. If you choose to apply for the course and are successful, speak to your Course Leader about SAIC funding. Should you need further support at that point, please get in touch with our Skills team.

Frequently asked questions

Take a look at our FAQs to help you with your application. If you still have further questions, please get in touch.


Eligible courses

MSc Sustainable Rural Development

University of the Highlands & Islands

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MSc Sustainable Development

University of St Andrews


MSc Aquatic Pathobiology

University of Stirling


MSc Aquatic Veterinary Studies

University of Stirling


MSc Sustainable Aquaculture

University of Stirling


MSc Marine Resource Management and Policy

Heriot Watt University


MSc Marine Systems and Policies

The University of Edinburgh

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MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology

University of Aberdeen

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MSc Sustainability Transitions

University of Aberdeen


MSc Environmental Management (Waste, Energy, Water, Oil and Gas)

Glasgow Caledonian University


MSc Aquaculture, Environment and Society

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)


MSc Algal Biotechnology & Bioeconomy

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)


MSc Ecological Economics

Scotland's Rural College


MSc Civil Engineering

University of Dundee

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MSc Environmental Engineering

University of Strathclyde

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MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship

University of Strathclyde

Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved in, or finding out more about our MSc programme, contact our Head of Skills and Talent.