Admissions FAQs

I am still studying for my undergraduate degree. Can I apply?

Ideally, you should have at your Bachelors degree at the time of starting the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (EMJMD ACES).

Do internships or placements count as relevant professional experience for EMJMD ACES?

Yes, these are highly relevant. It is important to include in your application form details of all the internships or placements you have taken part in that are relevant to the course.

Do I need to submit an IELTS certificate if my university degree was taught in English or I took special classes in English?

All candidates whose English is not their first language must have undertaken a Secure English Launguage Test (SELT) – for instance IELTS – within the past two years. It is essential that you obtain this qualification as evidence of your English language skills, and you should achieve an overall score of 6.5 in your IELTS test. As part of your application, you must submit a valid IELTS certificate. There are exceptions and these are set out on this website under eligibility requirements.

If the exceptions do not apply to you, it is very important that you have an IELTS qualification so that you are able to obtain a student visa to study in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately evidence that English was the medium of instruction at your university can no longer be accepted.

For more information about taking an IELTS test, please see this website:

Do I need to submit a valid certificate to prove my English language skills with my application?

Yes, you are required to submit your IELTS certificate with your application.  Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course.

Do all students on the programme receive Erasmus Mundus JMD scholarships?

No, there are Erasmus Mundus JMD scholarship holders and self-funding students, as well as students who have secured a scholarship from an employer, their National Ministry or another/independent source. The EMJMD ACES+ team is more than happy to provide supporting letters and information for potential employers and sponsors.

Can I still apply if I do not have an aquaculture-related degree?

You can apply to EMJMD ACES if you have studied for a degree in environmental sciences which has links to aquaculture. An appropriate background could include: aquaculture-related studies, marine science, aquatic biology, environmental sciences or marine resources, environmental economics and environmental policy – examples of relevant subjects are available on this website under eligibility requirements.

Is there a separate application for the Erasmus Mundus JMD scholarship funding?

No, but you will need to indicate on the application form that you want to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus JMD scholarship.

Can I apply for other Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) scholarships?

Yes, you can apply for an EMJMD scholarship to any of the Erasmus Mundus courses of your choice (please see the EMJMD catalogue website), but for a given academic year the number of applications you make must be limited to a maximum of 3 different joint programmes.

Can I appeal if my scholarship application is rejected?

Yes, you have the right to appeal against a decision rejecting your application for a scholarship. You should appeal in writing to the Programme Leader, Prof Elizabeth Cottier-Cook, within 14 days of receiving notification from or on behalf of the Student Selection Committee. Your appeal will be considered by staff who were not involved in any original decision about your application. You will be notified in writing of the outcome of your appeal within 14 days of your submitting this.