Eligibility Requirements

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (EMJMD ACES) is open to students who meet the following minimum conditions:

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent; second class or higher at Honours level) 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.
  • 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

If English is not your first language, then you must hold;

  • an IELTS (Academic) qualification or an equivalent qualification obtained through a Secure English Language Test (SELT). 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 ACES@sams.ac.uk.

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

If you are a citizen or hold an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor degree taught in one of the following countries, however, you will not need to hold the IELTS qualification:

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