Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society + How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a place on the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society+, please study our page covering eligibility requirements. You should have a background in marine science or biology, fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic science and/or environmental studies. If you meet the requirements, then please follow the process below.  If you are unsure or have any questions, please contact us at

To apply for a place on our next intake (2019-2021), you will need to download and complete in full TWO application forms. Both forms must be completed in English and then emailed, along with all supporting documents, as a single PDF file to Helen Bury at If you are applying for  a MOWI (Marine Harvest Scotland) or SAIC (Scottish Aquculture Innovation Centre) scholarship, please submit your application by 29th July 2019.

Our SAIC scholarships are available to students who meet the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) residence eligibility criteria as a Scottish/EU student – please click here for further guidance. This scholarship will cover the cost of annual tuition fees and insurance (€2500 per academic year), and students must agree to undertake their research dissertation (4th semester) in partnership will a SAIC consortium industry company. For an up to date list of consortium industry partners, please click here.

Students in receipt of a SAIC scholarship must produce a final report of their research for SAIC and be able to attend training and network events provided by the centre during their time on the EMJMD ACES+

Our MOWI (Marine Harvest Scotland) scholarship is available to UK or EU students. This scholarship will cover tuition fees  and insurance (at €2,500 per academic year). MOWI will also provide a six-month work experience placement to the successful recipient of this scholarship as part of his/her research dissertation which will be undertaken during the final semester of the programme. MOWI is the largest producer of Atlantic salmon in Scotland, producing over 50,000 tonnes of salmon per year. Based in Fort William, Scotland, the company prides itself on being a major employer of skilled people, who strive to produce high quality, healthy and nutritious seafood in the most sustainable way.

The closing date for MOWI and SAIC scholarship and self-funding applications is 29th July 2019.

Application forms can be downloaded here:




Supporting documents include your CV, professional reference letter, copy of your degree certificates and transcripts (with certified translations in English where applicable), main passport page and evidence of English language proficiency (i.e. IELTS certificate) – please see below for further information.

If you obtained your degree from a university or institution from outside the United Kingdom, we will 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 EMJMD ACES+ programme, please contact us.

The following documents should be emailed as a single PDF file:

  1. Completed EMJMD ACES+ application form (in Microsoft Word) in English, which must include a 350-word motivation (or personal) statement and 350-word statement giving information or examples of your previous experience in the field of aquaculture;
  2. Completed UHI International application form (applicable to ALL students, including European). This is a standard UHI form which must be completed in English. Please note, for the section on ‘Course Details’ please insert UHI-SAMS and please leave blank the ‘Personal Statement’ as this information collected in your EMJMD ACES+ application form, as above;
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV) in freestyle format;
  4. A professional reference (of 500-800 words) – please see section on Professional References for further guidance on how this should be prepared;
  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); and
  8. Copy of your IELTS certificate which is valid until the end of Sept 2019 (you must have obtained this qualification, with an overall score of 6.5, by the time you apply for the EMJMD ACES+ course).

Please read the information about statements and references.

Application deadlines

If you are applying for a SAIC or MOWI scholarship or self-funded place, please submit your application by the deadline outlined above.

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 EMJMD ACES+ admissions team.  Misleading translations can lead to the rejection of otherwise eligible and complete applications.

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