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 now accepting applications for fully funded scholarships for the next academic year of the EM JMD ACES programme, starting in September 2017. 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. This website contains all the information you need to know about the programme. You can also contact our Education Administrator, Helen Bury, via email ACES@sams.ac.uk. The closing date for scholarship applications is 17 February 2017.

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.”
Dr Alex Bielak

Marine Harvest Scholarships

We are delighted to announce that Marine Harvest Scotland (Ltd) is sponsoring two scholarships for our Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree. This two-year sponsorship will fund one student per year and will cover participation (tuition) fees and an opportunity to work with Marine Harvest as part of s research dissertation. This unique opportunity will give students insight into an industry that has become Scotland’s biggest food exporter. A scholarship will be available for our 2017-2019 intake and applications are invited from graduates from EU member states – the closing date for applications is 5 June 2017. Applicants must have a background in marine biology/science, fisheries, aquaculture and/or environmental studies.

Further information on how to apply for a Marine Harvest Scholarship will be available on this website soon.

If you would like general information on the Marine Harvest Scholarship, please contact Helen Bury at ACES@sams.ac.uk or telephone 01631 559441. The closing date is:

June 5, 2017.

“Research and education is vital in an industry that is only 45 years old. For our business to thrive, and the industry to grow overall, we have to bring in young people who increasingly require specialist skills and training. Courses like EMJMD ACES are an important vector to bridge the gap between education, research and development, and applied industry techniques and knowledge.”
Gareth Butterfield, Technical Services Manager at Marine Harvest Scotland (Ltd).