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AquaCulture, Environment and Society (ACES), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

As an ACES graduate, our alumni will contribute to developing a global aquaculture industry that produces sustainable seafood for a growing human population.

The programme is funded by the European Union's elite Erasmus Mundus programme and offers fully funded studentships to up to two students per country.

Students will build a lasting, international network and lay the foundation for outstanding employment opportunities.

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (EMJMD ACES) will give you a unique opportunity to study in three centres of European excellence in aquaculture research and learning; Scotland, Crete and France. It will also allow you to gain the practical and theoretical skills needed for a successful career in aquaculture through industry-led research programmes, internships and fieldwork.

We are committed to promoting the development of a sustainable aquaculture industry and to achieve our goal we carry out cutting-edge research across all areas of aquaculture science including;

  • Fish, crustacean and bivalve nutrition and health
  • Welfare
  • Disease mitigation and resistance
  • Genetic improvement
  • Aquaculture systems and technology
  • Aquaculture governance and management

Programme Structure

  • Semester 1: SAMS, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK
  • Semester 2: University of Crete, Greece – focus on finfish aquaculture
  • Semester 3: University of Nantes, France – focus on shellfish aquaculture
  • Semester 4: research projects in Oban, Nantes or Crete
Courses include
  • Overview of Global Aquaculture
  • Aquaculture Environmental Interactions 
  • Innovation, Technology and Systems 
  • Governance, Management and Knowledge Exchange
  • Sustainability of Feed Production

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The deadline for applicants with their own sources of funding (personal, employer sponsorship, scholarship etc.) is the 3rd August.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (EMJMD ACES) is open to students who meet the following minimum conditions:

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent; second class or higher at Honours level) in one of the fields of environmental or social sciences. An appropriate background could include; Aquaculture-related studies, Marine Science, Aquatic Biology, Biology, Environmental Sciences or Marine Resources, Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy.
  • English competence equivalent to 6.5 Academic IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in all four components).

Work Experience

  • We particularly welcome applications from mature students and/or those with practical working experience in the aquaculture industry.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Oban

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

We aim to recruit talented, well-qualified and driven students irrespective of their financial background. To this end, we encourage students and potential students to apply for a range of funding provided by UK and international government bodies, the European Commission, trusts, research councils, industry and employers. Below are details of potential funders for students of our EMJMD ACES course by region:

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