Welcome to our Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (ACES-STAR)

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

SCHOLARSHIP NEWS Sept 2022 – Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Aquaculture, Environment and Society-STAR receives a €5.2M boost to fund a further 81 scholarships over the next 5 years!

The closing date for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship applications is Monday 27th February 2023. The closing date for all other students is Friday 4th August 2023.


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“After completing the ACES masters I was hired to work for a feed company and now visit salmon farms all over Scotland. I conduct fish quality checks, feed trials, and provide fish diet advice to farm managers.ACES was a life changing experience, allowing me to see and experience different countries and cultures while making many friends and gain a first-class aquaculture qualification. The subjects covering Atlantic salmon and feed were crucial in obtaining my current role. I would not have the opportunities I have now without this incredible masters.”
James Hedges - ACES+ Alumni 2021, Biofarm Advisor at BioMar UK
“ACES+ really inspired me to begin this new chapter in my life. I would like to say thank you for the guidance and support I received during my masters. It was a wonderful experience and I feel lucky to be a part of this unique programme, which is entirely dedicated to aquatic life!”
Raneesha de Fonseka, ACES+ 2018/2020 Alumni
“Being a recipient of the EMJMD ACES+ program for my masters degree was an exceptional experience. During my 2 years of study I gained a lot of knowledge, not only theoretically but also practically which contributed immensely to my personal growth. In this program, I was able to study at leading universities in the field of Aquaculture, encounter diverse people and experience their cultures and last, but not the least, establish networks in the industry. Overall, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and memorable experience”
Joshua Superio, ACES+ alumni and PhD student at Nord University
“I have really enjoyed the course, particularly the lectures on Environmental Impact Assessments, seaweed farming and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA).”
Faazil Dahlan, EMJMD ACES student (2021-23), Faazil Dahlan, EMJMD ACES student (2021-23)
“Being in ACES+ was amazing. I met the most amazing friends and had the best experiences. I learned a lot from all the people I had contact with and I know it has made me grow a lot. I’m sure this experience will stay with me forever, starting with the professors who have taught me so much during the last two years. I appreciate, greatly, this opportunity and I know that now I’m a better professional than I was before starting this master.”
Graciella Medina Madariaga, EMJMD ACES+ 2020 Alumni