Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarships in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (Fully funded)

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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarships in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (Fully funded)

Deadline: February 17, 2017

Venues: United Kingdom, Crete and France

Start: September, 2017


Welcome to the website of the ACES Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Our Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (EM JMD ACES) will give you a unique opportunity to study in the United Kingdom, Crete and France, as well as allowing you to gain the practical and theoretical skills needed for a successful career in aquaculture through industry-led research programmes and fieldwork.


This full-time, 2 year course is specifically targeted at highly talented European and international students with a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in one of the fields of aquaculture, marine science, marine biology, biology, environmental or social sciences, who wish to advance their skills.


Applications from EU and non-EU candidates are welcome – the programme is aimed at students from all over the world. Scholarships will cover tuition fees, living and travel expenses.


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Eligibility Requirements

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society is open to students who meet the following minimum conditions:

  • 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. You should have a bachelor degree at the time of application for the scholarship, i.e. by 17 February 2017.
  • English competence equivalent to 6.5 Academic IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in all four components).
  • We particularly welcome applications from mature students and/or those with practical working experience in the aquaculture industry.


English Language Requirements

  • All candidates must hold an IELTS (Academic) qualification or an equivalent qualification obtained through a Secure English Language Test (SELT), which is valid until at least September 2017. Please note that if you have taken an IELTS test on or after 6 April 2015, it will only be considered a SELT if it is was taken at an approved test centre and is an ‘IELTS test for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes’. This test will have a ‘UKVI number’ on the results certificate. The IELTS must be taken as an academic test. More information on English language requirements can be found on the website of the University of the Highlands and Islands at: You should have an IELTS certificate by the closing date for applications, i.e 17 February 2017. If you require any further clarification, please email us at
  • *Please note that TOEFL iBT testing will no longer be accepted for UK visa granting purposes.


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Applicants do not need to prove English language competence if they are a citizen or hold an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor degree taught in one of the following countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, UK and USA.

Statements and Professional References

Your Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree ACES application form should contain the following three texts. Once you have completed your form, you should this and other documents to
MOTIVATION STATEMENT (approximately 350 words)

As part of your application, please include a response to the question: How will the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society support your professional plans?


Here you should discuss why you are applying to the EM JMD ACES course, what you hope to learn, how you think this programme will help you develop as an individual, and how you hope to use your new knowledge and practical skills in the future.


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Please provide information or examples of previous experience in this area and/or why you are interested in aquaculture and its relationship with the environment and society.

Here you should consider the knowledge, skills and values needed for the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry and your effective engagement in the EM JMD ACES programme.


PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE (500-800 words) – this reference should be written on organisational notepaper by a manager or senior colleague who is familiar with your work.  The reference does not need to be from your current employer but the referee should have had a recent and close oversight of your work for at least one year.


Your reference should include details on the following:

  • How long and in what capacity the referee has known the applicant
  • The role and tasks that the applicant has performed in the organisation
  • Example(s) of good innovative work by the applicant
  • Areas of work that the applicant needs to develop
  • The importance of an advanced education to the applicant’s career and to the aquaculture sector in the applicant’s country
  • Basic details about the organisation and its work with the aquaculture industry
  • Full contact details and signature


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Note: the reference should ideally be written in English.  If this is difficult, then candidates may provide a certified translation of the original document.


The UK voted in a referendum in June 2016 to leave the European Union. The outcome of this referendum does NOT affect the ACES programme and any of the intakes of our students. We have signed an agreement with the EU to deliver this programme and this agreement is not in any way affected by the outcome of the referendum.


You can also find out more about the ACES programme in an article which has been featured as a case study in the European Funding Bulletin of April 2015.


If you are committed to developing the specialist and practical skills needed to address the challenges and pressures facing an industry which is set to become globally the fastest growing animal-food producing sector, then we would love to hear from you!


For more information, Click here or you can contact our Education Administrator, Helen Bury, via email



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Kunlere Idowu

Kunlere is an environment and sustainable development strategist with years of active experience in environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement. You may follow him on Twitter via @kunlere_idowu


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