This course may still be relatively new but our first two cohorts of students have now graduated and we ahve a further 26 students currently studing on the programme. EMJMD ACES+ taught by highly experienced lecturers who have over 100 years teaching experience between them and internationally recognised research careers! The unique nature of the programme and the opportunities for travel and study that it offers, means students gain a learning experience far exceeding traditional a Masters route at a single university.
Our EMJMD ACES+ also enables the students to experience three or more different international cultures, develop their professional skills, and learn additional languages.
The comprehensive nature of this programme and the close links we have with the aquaculture industry on a global scale provides our students with excellent employment prospects, whether in the commercial or public sectors and/or academia. Of the students who have already completed our EMJMD ACES+, 2/3rds have been offered PhD positions and the remaining 1/3rd have taken up positions in industry.
So, once you finish your 2-year programme with us, what can you do with your qualification?
The objectives and format of the EMJMD ACES programmes means that graduates will be equipped to work in senior management roles in a wide range of settings, including fin and shell-fish farms, environmental and regulatory organisations, international trade organisations, and also non-governmental organisations.
Expected career paths include:
- Company manager: work with a team to innovate and develop farm operations to boost productivity.
- Policy and strategy: develop aquaculture-related procedures, guidelines and policies
- Project development: create and implement aquaculture-related projects.
- Applied research: design and carry out research into environmental and/or social issues and the effectiveness of certain practices and innovations in the aquaculture industry.
- Stakeholder partnership: build networks and collaboration, especially to raise the profile of the aquaculture industry and develop consensus to promote sustainable practices.
Interaction with industry
The EMJMD ACES programme is also geared towards developing professional practice and policy. Close links with the aquaculture industry and legislators are central to this programme. Our objectives explicitly promote the interests of the industry and cooperation with other professionals.
“I believe this course will bring new ideas and ways of thinking into the European aquaculture sector.”
Dr Tim Atack, Managing Director, FAI Aquaculture Ltd
Each university of the EMJMD ACES+ will facilitate links between students, local industry and regulators through invited lectures, fieldtrips, workshops and networking events, where the exchange of information, knowledge and contacts can take place. Dedicated industry placements have been built into Semester 2, so that knowledge is applied and developed in an industry-based setting.
Dawn Shand, Scottish Institute for Enterprise
“The students’ considerable knowledge of aquaculture coupled with their various international perspectives on Scotland’s most pressing challenges brought a new dimension to the innovation workshop. In a matter of hours the students were not only coming up with novel ideas but really appreciating what drivers are required to make a good idea a reality. Both business and research opportunities were formulated providing a sound platform to do further research and prototyping.”
Further details of our industry-based partners can be found by clicking on this link: Industry partners