Welcome to the ACES Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

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

Key Information

  • Qualification obtained: Erasmus Mundus Joint MSc Degree
  • Study: Full time
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Start Date: September
  • Student Learning Journey: Semester 1 – UHI-SAMS, Oban, Scotland; Semester 2 – University of Crete, Greece; Semester 3 – University of Nantes, France; Semester 4 – Research project, of approx. 4 months duration which can carried out with our partner organisations in Scotland, Crete or France or further afield with our international associated institutes.
  • Requirements: Minimum of a second class Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.  Applicants without these formal qualifications, but with substantial work/ life experience in the aquaculture industry, are also encouraged to apply.
  • Programme LeaderElizabeth Cottier-Cook
  • Programme Administrator: Helen Bury (aces@sams.ac.uk)

See what our students think of the course…

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Programme. EU and international applicants are very welcome to apply – our EMJMD ACES programme is aimed at students from all over the world.  Please contact our Programme Administrator, Helen Bury, via email ACES@sams.ac.uk for further information.

You can also download the UHI Postgraduate prospectus

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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“I wanted to study abroad, I wanted to see different places and I wanted to work with prestigious academic centres, so the EMJMD ACES programme was perfect for me. This course is also so much more than a normal Masters course, it really has been life-changing!”
“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).
“I have completed one semester at SAMS and had a great time, along with learning aquaculture from eminent professors. I enjoy every bit of being an Erasmus student and the best things about this programme are enjoying the flavours of different cultures (my cohort itself is 25 cool people from 19 countries) and visiting different countries. Erasmus life can be defined as a life of excitement!”

Jerry Maria Sojan, Current EMJMD ACES student (2016-18)