Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society-STAR – How to Apply

We are recruiting our next intake of EMJM ACES-STAR students.  If you wish to apply for a place on this programme starting in September 2023, please contact us at  Applications from EU and non-EU applicants are welcome – the course is aimed at students from all over the world.

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.

The cost of tuition fees per academic year is €5000 for international/non-EU students and €2500 for EU/UK students.

If you are interested in applying for a place on the course please study our page covering eligibility requirements. You should have a background in marine science or biology, fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic science and/or environmental studies, and you must complete in full two application forms – a University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and ACES application form. Once you have completed the forms, please email these, along with all supporting documents, as a single PDF file to us at

Application forms must be completed in English and can be downloaded here:

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Supporting documents include your CV, professional reference letter, copy of your degree certificates and transcripts (with certified translations in English where applicable), main passport page and evidence of English language proficiency (i.e. IELTS certificate) – please see below for further information.

If you obtained your degree from a university or institution from outside the United Kingdom, we will normally accept the equivalent qualification from a recognised university. If you are uncertain about whether your qualification(s) and/or experience are equivalent to or meet the requirements of the course, please contact us.

The following documents should be emailed as a single PDF file:

  1. Completed EMJMD ACES-STAR application form (in Microsoft Word) in English, which must include a 350-word motivation (or personal) statement and 350-word statement giving information or examples of your previous experience in the field of aquaculture;
  2. Completed UHI International application form (applicable to ALL students, including European). This is a standard UHI form which must be completed in English. Please note, for the section on ‘Course Details’ please insert UHI-SAMS and please leave blank the ‘Personal Statement’ as this information collected in your EMJMD ACES+ application form, as above;
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV) in freestyle format;
  4. A professional reference (of 500-800 words) – please see section on Professional References for further guidance on how this should be prepared;
  5. Copy of your passport;
  6. Copy of your degree certificate (plus certified translation into English if applicable);
  7. Copy of your transcript of marks (plus certified translation into English if applicable); and
  8. Copy of your Secure English Language Test (i.e. IELTS) certificate, which is valid until the end of Sept 2021. You must achieve an overall score of 6.5 in your IELTS test and have obtained this qualification by the time you apply for the EMJMD ACES+ course).

Please read the information about statements and references.

For information on other scholarships and bursaries that may potentially be available to support your studies, please see the section on this website, ‘Fees and Scholarships’.

Certified translations

If any of your documents (e.g. official degree certificate, transcript or professional reference) were not issued in English, then you will need to provide a certified translation that is verified by your university, an official translator, embassy or lawyer.  This translation may be checked by the EMJMD ACES-STAR admissions team.  Misleading translations can lead to the rejection of otherwise eligible and complete applications.

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