Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society, Europe


Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society, Europe

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society, Europe 

If you want the opportunity to be taught by a team of international experts, the chance to study in three fantastic locations in Europe and gain the skills required to address an issue of global importance – food security – then this Joint Master Degree is for you!

Our Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (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 Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in one of the fields of aquacultyre, marine science or marine biology, biology, environmental or social sciences, who wish to advance their skills.

We are now accepting applications for fully funded  scholarships for the next academic year of the ACES programme, starting in August 2016. Applications from EU and non-EU candidates are welcome – the programme is aimed at students from all over the world. Scholarships will cover tuition fees, living and travel expenses.

Eligibility Criteria:

The Erasmus Plus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society is open to students who meet the following minimum conditions:

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent) 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. You must have a bachelor degree at the time of application for the scholarship, i.e. by 19 February 2016.
  • English competence equivalent to 6.5 Academic IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in all four components).
  • We particularly welcome applications from mature students and/or those with practical working experience in the aquaculture industry.

English language requirements

  • All candidates must hold an IELTS (Academic) qualification or an equivalent qualification obtained through a Secure English Language Test (SELT), which is valid until at least September 2016. Please note that if you have taken an IELTS test on or after 6 April 2015, it will only be considered a SELT if it is was taken at an approved test centre and is an ‘IELTS test for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes’. This test will have a ‘UKVI number’ on the results certificate. The IELTS must be taken as an academic test. More information on English language requirements can be found on the website of the University of the Highlands and Islands at:

If you require any further clarification, please email us at [email protected].

  • *Please note that TOEFL iBT testing will no longer be accepted for UK visa granting purposes.


Applicants do not need to prove English language competence if they are a citizen or hold an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor degree taught in one of the following countries:

Antigua & Barbuda Australia Bahamas Barbados Belize Canada
Dominica Grenada Guyana Jamaica New Zealand St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia St Vincent & the Grenadines Trinidad & Tobago UK USA

If you meet the requirements, then please follow the process below.  If you are unsure or have any questions, contact us at [email protected].

To apply for a place on the programmme, you will need to download TWO application forms, complete both of these in full in English and then email them back to us at [email protected], together with the additional information listed below.  Please note that there is no separate application process for the Erasmus Plus scholarships.

If you have previously studied outside the United Kingdom, we would normally accept the equivalent qualification from a recognised university. If you are uncertain about whether your qualification(s) and/or experience are equivalent to or meet the requirements of the ACES programme, please contact us.

The following documents should be emailed to us at [email protected] as part of your application:

  1. Completed ACES application form (in Microsoft Word) in English, including a 350-word statement of motivation and 350-word essay reflecting on your professional experience and understanding of the issue facing the aquaculture industry.
  2. Completed UHI International Student Application Form (applicable for ALL students, including European). This is a standard UHI application form, which needs to be completed in English. However, for the Course Details section please insert UHI-SAMS; and please leave blank the Personal Statement in this form, as it will be included in the ACES application form above.
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV) in freestyle format
  4. A professional reference
  5. Copy of your passport
  6. Copy of your degree certificate (plus certified translation into English if applicable)
  7. Copy of your transcript of marks (plus certified translation into English if applicable)
  8. Copy of your IELTS English language test result with validity until the end of Sept 2016 (You must have official proof of your English proficiency by the time you apply for the ACES course)

Please read the information about statements and references.

Application deadlines

  • Non-European and European scholarship applications: 19 February 2016
  • Self-funded applications: 5 June 2016

Certified translations

If any of your documents (e.g. official degree certificate, transcript or professional reference) were not issued in English, then you will need to provide a certified translation that is verified by your university, an official translator, embassy or lawyer.  This translation may be checked by the ACES admissions team.  Misleading translations can lead to the rejection of otherwise eligible and complete applications.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 16 February 2016