Welcome to the website of the ACES Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Our Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (EM JMD ACES) will give you a unique opportunity to study in the United Kingdom, Crete and France, as well as allowing you to gain the practical and theoretical skills needed for a successful career in aquaculture through industry-led research programmes and fieldwork.

This full-time, 2 year course is specifically targeted at highly talented European and international students with a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in one of the fields of aquaculture, marine science, marine biology, biology, environmental or social sciences, who wish to advance their skills.

We are no longer able to accept applications for Erasmus Mundus scholarships, the closing date having now passed. We are, however, still accepting applications on a self-funding basis and EU and non-EU candidates are very welcome to apply – our ACES programme is aimed at students from all over the world. This website contains all the information you need to know about the programme and how to apply, and you can download the application form ACES-Application-Form-2017_SF. You can also contact our Education Administrator, Helen Bury, via email ACES@sams.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is 7 August 2017. Please note, there is no application fee for ACES.

The UK voted in a referendum in June 2016 to leave the European Union. The outcome of this referendum does NOT affect the ACES programme and any of the intakes of our students. We have signed an agreement with the EU to deliver this programme and this agreement is not in any way affected by the outcome of the referendum.

You can also find out more about the ACES programme in an article which has been featured as a case study in the European Funding Bulletin of April 2015.

If you are committed to developing the specialist and practical skills needed to address the challenges and pressures facing an industry which is set to become globally the fastest growing animal-food producing sector, then we would love to hear from you!

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“We really challenged them but they were receptive to being taken out of their comfort zone. This is a very talented group of students who are incredibly privileged to have access to the Erasmus Mundus scholarship – one of the most generous scholarships I have come across.”

Our Second Cohort

How they survived SAMS…


“Courses like EMJMD ACES are an important vector to bridge the gap between education, research and development, and applied industry techniques and knowledge. Aquaculture-based academia within the UK is growing and the research undertaken at SAMS, Crete and Nantes is industry-relevant. Students educated there learn and understand theories, techniques and skills that can bring a significant and sustainable growth to Europe’s salmon farming industry.”

Steve Bracken, Business Support Manager at Marine Harvest Scotland (Ltd).