Taught course

Aquaculture, Environment and Society

University of the Highlands and Islands · University of the Highlands and Islands
Joint Masters

Entry requirements

The Erasmus Plus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society is open to students who meet the following minimum conditions: 1. Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in one of the fields of environmental or social sciences. An appropriate background could include; Aquaculture-related studies, Marine Science, Aquatic Biology, Biology, Environmental Sciences or Marine Resources, Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy. 2. English competence equivalent to 6.5 Academic IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in all four components).

Aquaculture, environment, social sciences

Months of entry


Course content

This European Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (ACES) offers specialised training to deliver highly skilled graduates capable of addressing the challenge of food provision for a growing world population.

Food security is of global importance and, in the face of declining resources, aquaculture will have an increasingly demand for people with in-depth knowledge and practical expertise to enable this major industry to produce nutritious, high-quality and affordable foods. Graduates will be capable of addressing these challenges and will have exciting international career opportunities.

The sustainable development of the aquaculture industry in Europe has become essential for improving the competitiveness of this sector internationally. There are many major scientific, technological and social obstacles, however to overcome.

Special Features

The course is delivered by an international team of experts at world class research facilities including: Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI; University of Crete (Greece); and University of Nantes (France).

Associate institutes with world-class reputations include the United Nations University and the Huinay Research Station, Chile.

There are numerous international partners (including the International Oceanographic Commission and Sainsbury’s) offering dissertation placements with full industry participation.

The course gives students an opportunity to study for 6 months in three European countries and an unparalleled insight into aquaculture practices and policies across Europe and beyond.

You will gain research experience through a dissertation, linked to an industrial partner and hosted by an ACES partner, with supervision from experts in the field.

You will benefit from strong peer-group support and networking developed throughout the programme as you move around the partners as one group during the first three semesters.

To achieve the award of Masters, you must successfully complete three modules at each of the partner institutions and a research dissertation.

Successful candidates receive an Erasmus + Joint Master Degree from UHI and the University of Crete and a single degree from the University of Nantes.

This course is available at Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, PA37 1QA

Information for international students

This course is specifically for talented international students and is designed to give you an outstanding level of theoretical and practical skills, so you can confidently respond to the uncertainties facing the global aquaculture industry. (Enquiries have been received from Asia, the Middle East, Russia, Africa and Europe.)

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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A limited number of Erasmus Plus Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for each intake to cover the tuition fees, living and travel expenses. Applications from EU and particularly non-EU candidates are welcome.

Qualification and course duration

Joint Masters

full time
24 months

Course contact details

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