Admissions FAQs

Admissions – FAQs

How is the COVID-19 disease affecting the EMJMD ACES+

Our ability to deliver the course from September 2022 will be subject to the effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continuously review this situation and the EMJM ACES Consortium’s ability to proceed with delivery of the course as planned. You will be aware that there continues to be many factors outside of our control including, but not restricted to, international travel and immigration.

For further information, please refer to information and guidance on the main page of our ACES website.

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 EMJM ACES although we can accept applications from candidates who are expected to complete their degree course prior to the start of the course, i.e. if you are in your final year of your under-graduate studies

Do internships or placements count as relevant professional experience for EMJM 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 Language 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 this test. There are exceptions and these are set out on this website under eligibility requirements.

If the exceptions do not apply to you, then you must have an IELTS qualification and you will need to submit your IELTS certificate as part of your application. Please note that IELTS tests must have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. If your certificate is older than 2 years by the time you start the course, you may be required to take this test again. If IELTS test centres remain closed in your home country or country of residence due to COVID-19, we may be able to accept an alternative English language test – please see guidance from the website of the University of the Highlands and Islands:

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

Do all students on the course receive Erasmus Mundus scholarships?

No, we also have self-funding students and students who have secured a scholarship from an employer, their National Ministry or another/independent source. The EMJM ACES team is more than happy to advise potential employers and sponsors about course fees and related entry requirements to support your application.

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

You can apply to EMJM ACES if you have studied for a degree in environmental sciences which has links to aquaculture. An appropriate background could include: 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 scholarship funding?

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

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

Yes, you can apply for an EMJM 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.