The EMJMD ACES programme is aimed at students from all over the world. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in one of the fields of environmental or social sciences, as well as a good level of English (at least IELTS 6.5). Basic French is recommended; (although not essential as intensive French language classes are provided), for daily living in Semester 2. Admission is granted on the basis of a competitive selection procedure.
The course is open to International students, who are able to study at SAMS-UHI under a "Short Term" study visa, which allows students to study for a period of 6 months in the UK before moving to the University of Crete.
Aquaculture, environment, social sciences
Months of entry
This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (EMJMD, 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.
- Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• 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 are an integral part of this course and include the United Nations University - Institute of Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and the Huinay Research Station, Chile.
• There are numerous international partners (including the International Oceanographic Commission, Sainsbury’s and Marine Harvest) 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.
• A limited number of Erasmus+ Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for each intake to cover the tuition fees, living and travel expenses. Any student can apply for a scholarship and applications from EU and particularly non-EU candidates are welcome.
To achieve the award of Erasmus Mundas Joint Masters, you must successfully complete three modules (each worth 10 ECTS, equivalent to 20 SQCF) at each of the partner institutions and a research dissertation (30 ECTS or 60 SQCF).
- Overview of Global Aquaculture - (core)
- Environmental interactions of Aquaculture - (core)
- Governanance, management and knowledge exchange - (optional)
- Innovation, technology and systems - (optional)
University of Crete
- Managing biological lifecycles - Finfish - (core)
- Sustainability of feed production - (core)
- Fish quality and welfare - (optional)
- Environmental impacts for Aquaculture - (optional)
University of Nantes
- Managing biological lifecycles - Shellfish - (core)
- Marine product safety - (core)
- Refinement and development of marine natural products - (optional)
- Food composition, trophic transfer and human nutrition - (optional)
Dissertation module - (core)
- Students are able to decide on their host institute for this module
Successful candidates receive an Erasmus Mundus+ Joint Master Degree from UHI, the University of Crete and the University of Nantes.
This course is available at Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, PA37 1QA
How to apply
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English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page. http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements
Fees and funding
ERASMUS PLUS SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.
Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company
You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan
For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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