Welcome to our Joint Masters Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (ACES+)

A two-year programme studying in four centres of European excellence in aquaculture research; Scotland, Crete, France and the Netherlands. Gain practical and theoretical skills needed for a successful career in aquaculture through industry-led research programmes, internships and fieldwork.



Our ability to deliver the ACES+ for 2022-2024 intake will be subject to the effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continuously review this issue and the ACES+ Consortium’s ability to proceed with delivery of the programme as planned. You will be aware that there continues to be many factors outside of our control including, but not restricted to, international travel. Please bear with us as we navigate the continuously changing situation. We will aim to post updates on this website whenever we can regarding any changes to the delivery of the course for the next academic year.

For the further information about our response to the COVID-19 outbreak click here: https://www.sams.ac.uk/about/covid-19/

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“ACES was key for me getting my job after graduation as a field biologist with PRIMAR Aquaculture, because my boss told me so! She was impressed with the resume and all the experience I had gained abroad, plus with my being fluent in another language. Getting a job in Brazil is not easy right now, especially in aquaculture. I’m really happy that I get to work doing what I love and for a company I really believe in.”
Patricia Pereira, former EMJMD ACES Student (2015-17)
“Beyond having the opportunity to travel around Europe, my experience as an ACES student provided me with an excellent theoretical and practical background. The privelege to be taught in 3 top research European ventres, the in-depth knowledge of the aquaculture sector received during the course and the chance to establish worldwide professional networks are just the tip of the iceberg of the many opportunities that ACES can offer you.”
Francesco Boatta, former EMJMD ACES student (2015-17)
“Aside from the qualification in aquaculture, I learned French to a working proficiency during my time in Nantes and this was a great help in establishing professional networks throughout Europe. ACES was also very practical and the work I did in Crete on fish behaviour, stress, diseases and feeding patterns helped me in my new role.”
Stewart Beattie, former EMJMD ACES student (2015-17)
“Courses like EMJMD ACES are an important vector to bridge the gap between education, research and development, and applied industry techniques and knowledge. Aquaculture-based academia within the UK is growing and the research undertaken at SAMS, Crete and Nantes is industry-relevant. Students educated there learn and understand theories, techniques and skills that can bring a significant and sustainable growth to Europe’s salmon farming industry.”
Steve Bracken, Business Support Manager at Marine Harvest Scotland (Ltd).
“As a research Assistant at worldFish, Bangladesh, I am contributing towards the resilience of small-scale fisheries and their dependent communities. More specifically, I am working on conservation and enhancement of Hilsa fisheries stock at the Bay of Bengal and upstream rivers. My work includes assisting in the implementation of fishing ban associated with Juvenile and brood Hilsa fishes by knowledge transfer to the fishing communities and providing support to engage them in alternative Income generating activities (AIGA) during the ban period so that they can sustain their livelihood.”

Morgina Akter, former EMJMD ACES student (2016-18)