Welcome to our Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society Plus (EMJMD ACES\ACES+)

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society Plus (EMJMD ACES+) will give you a unique opportunity to study in up to four centres of European excellence in aquaculture research and learning; Scotland, Crete, France and the Netherlands. 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.

For more information about scholarships and how to apply, please click here.

This website contains all the information you need to know about the EMJMD ACES+ and how to apply for a place on the programme. If you have any questions, please contact our project administrator, Helen Bury, at: ACES@sams.ac.uk

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

Click here to see what our students think of the course overall

Our course has recently been reviewed by Professor Gavin Burnell of the University of Galway, a leading specialist in molluscan aquaculture and fisheries. Click here to see the results of his external audit and our self-evaluation: EA_report_and_Self_Evaluation

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“ACES was key for me getting my job after graduation as a field biologist with PRIMAR Aquaculture, because my boss told me so! She was impressed with the resume and all the experience I had gained abroad, plus with my being fluent in another language. Getting a job in Brazil is not easy right now, especially in aquaculture. I’m really happy that I get to work doing what I love and for a company I really believe in.”
Patricia Pereira, former EMJMD ACES Student (2015-17)
“Beyond having the opportunity to travel around Europe, my experience as an ACES student provided me with an excellent theoretical and practical background. The privelege to be taught in 3 top research European ventres, the in-depth knowledge of the aquaculture sector received during the course and the chance to establish worldwide professional networks are just the tip of the iceberg of the many opportunities that ACES can offer you.”
Francesco Boatta, former EMJMD ACES student (2015-17)
“Aside from the qualification in aquaculture, I learned French to a working proficiency during my time in Nantes and this was a great help in establishing professional networks throughout Europe. ACES was also very practical and the work I did in Crete on fish behaviour, stress, diseases and feeding patterns helped me in my new role.”
Stewart Beattie, former EMJMD ACES student (2015-17)
“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).
“As a research Assistant at worldFish, Bangladesh, I am contributing towards the resilience of small-scale fisheries and their dependent communities. More specifically, I am working on conservation and enhancement of Hilsa fisheries stock at the Bay of Bengal and upstream rivers. My work includes assisting in the implementation of fishing ban associated with Juvenile and brood Hilsa fishes by knowledge transfer to the fishing communities and providing support to engage them in alternative Income generating activities (AIGA) during the ban period so that they can sustain their livelihood.”

Morgina Akter, former EMJMD ACES student (2016-18)