The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society-STAR (EMJMD ACES-STAR) is a 120-ECTS course that runs for two years. During the first 3 semesters of the programme, students will study in a different EU country. To ensure course and group integration, the entire cohort of students will re-locate to different universities and institutes during these semesters.  Although students will spend Semester 4 in different locations (of their choice), they will celebrate the end of their studies as an entire group at a final student conference and goodbye event.

“This new ERASMUS Programme clearly takes into account the priorities identified in EATiP’s “The Future of European Aquaculture” strategic agenda and is built on feedback from the industry.”

C. Hough, General Secretary EATiP

You can find out more about the modules taught during each semester, including teaching methods and assessments, by clicking on the following links:

  • Semester 1: SAMS, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK
  • Semester 2: University of Crete, Greece – focus on finfish aquaculture
  • Semester 3: University of Nantes, France – focus on shellfish aquaculture
  • Semester 4: research projects in Oban, Crete or Nantes.

The final conference and goodbye event will be held in July of each year at one of the above institutes.


The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society-STAR (EMJMD ACES-STAR) has been designed to address the major scientific, technological and social obstactles facing the sustainable development of the global aquaculture industry. More…


The EMJMD ACES-STAR runs for two years (= four semesters) and involves study periods in three different European countries (UK, Greece, France) in order to benefit from different welfare models, teaching strengths and the experience of living in different cultures and societies. More…


A professional and entrepreneurial skills has developed as an new core module. This is specifically designed to support key skills and competences required by the aquaculture industry. More…


Assessments have been designed to test and develop students’ practical and academic skills. For most modules, assessment will be based on two different types of assignment, one written and one presentation or reflection-based. More…


Successful graduates will receive a Joint Master Degree from the University of the Highlands and Islands and the University of Crete and a Single Degree from the University of Nantes in line with national legislation. More…