Our students

Our Students – A Truly International Crowd!

Since EMJMD ACES started in 2015 we have welcomed students from across the globe. Our students have hailed from New Zealand, Belize, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, China, Bangladesh, USA, Philippines, Israel, Peru, Colombia, Ukraine, India, Singapore, Russia, Kenya, Mexico and many more countries. They are a truly international group! As the students spend the first three semesters as one cohort they become a very strong team, with friendships lasting well beyond the lifetime of the course.

Students benefit from specialist lectures and practical work, including field trips and internships, delivered by a team of international guest scholars. Teaching staff and guest scholars provide students with an altogether global insight into the aquaculture industry. Whilst based at the University of Crete, all students have the opportunity to undertake a 6-week internship based in the local aquaculture industry. Our partners have included the Sea Bass fish hatcheries, Nireus Aquaculture laboratories, and Andromeda Marine Farms. Click here to see how some of them got on!

Students have worked on a range of research projects covering, for example, larval rearing of Ostrea edulis, Sargassum cultivation and fish farming impact on macroalgal communities, Aquaculture Higher Education Training in Cambodia: A Q-methodology Study and Curriculum Comparison, Water Temperature at Early Ontogeny and Maturation of the HPI axis in gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata, Disease and Vaccination Challenge for Streptococcus iniae in Brown Marbled Grouper, and Exploring the Effects of a Commercial Insect Meal on Dicentrarchus labrax Juveniles. Click here for more information about what students have covered during their fieldwork and research.

After they have completed their dissertation (fourth semester), students have the opportunity to get together again as a cohort at the Student Conference. This event is held in July of each year and students present the findings of their research to a wide audience that includes teaching staff and scholars, industry partners, and other organisations involved in the aquaculture sector.

Due to COVID-19 we have not been able to deliver face to face teaching at SAMS-UHI and the University of Crete. Instead during these semesters, we delivered teaching remotely (online) to our students. Online teaching has not stopped us from delivering many other activities such as guest scholar teaching, presentations from our many industry and associate partners, and short courses aimed at enhancing professional skills.  As soon as government guidance allows, we aim to return to face to face teaching, practical work, fieldwork and conferences.


“It has been the best two years of my life. It was a great programme for personal growth and making long lasting friendships in an international setting. Furthermore, it has given me the opportunity to improve dramatically my abilities to perform in an international academic setting and the confidence to keep pursuing a career in academia”, Anon, Cohort 2016/18
Cohort 2 Students