Thu. Nov 14th, 2019

Erasmus Mundus International Scholarships in EU (Fully Funded)

Call Deadline: February 14, 2019 
International: €5,000 per academic year
UK/EU: €2,500 per academic year

Program Overview 

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society + (EMJMD ACES +) 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.

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, Nantes or Radboud

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


2020/2022 International €5,000 per academic year
2020/2022 UK/EU €2,500 per academic year

Tuition fees cover the following services:

  • teaching and examination fees
  • access to library and electronic resources
  • computing facilities
  • cost of short fieldtrips/ industry site related to a particular module
  • language classes (French and Greek) that are an integral part of the EMJMD ACES programme
  • access to university sport and medical facilties where available


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

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent; second class or higher at Honours level) in one of the fields of biological or environmental sciences. An appropriate background could include; aquaculture-related studies, marine science and/or resources, aquatic biology, biology, or environmental sciences linked to the field of marine science and fisheries; and
  • For non-UK students, a Secure English Language Test (i.e. IELTS) certificate (applicants must achieve an overall score of 6.5 in this test and 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 Requirements

If English is not your first language, then you must have;

  • a Secure English Language Test (SELT), i.e. IELTS Academic qualification. Please note, 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:

If you have any questions about IELTS or taking an IELTS tests, please contact us or have a look at the IELTS website


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

  1. Completed EMJMD ACES+ 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 2020. 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.

The closing date for Erasmus Mundus and SAIC scholarship applications is 14 February 2020. 

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+ admissions team.  Misleading translations can lead to the rejection of otherwise eligible and complete applications.

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