Erasmus Mundus Jmd Aquaculture, Environment And Society Plus (Aces+)

Food security is of global importance. For this reason, providing highly skilled and mobile graduates with in-depth knowledge and practical expertise of how to enable a major food producing industry - 'aquaculture' - develop sustainably, is essential to the development of individuals and society. The aquaculture industry in Europe is stagnating and the sustainable development of this industry has become essential for improving the competitiveness of this business internationally.

There are many major scientific, technological and social obstacles, however to overcome. This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in AquaCulture, Environment and Society PLUS (ACES+) proposes specialised training in this field. The consortium is composed of four universities, all centres of excellence with international reputations in aquaculture-related research and teaching: Greece (University of Crete), Scotland (University of the Highlands and Islands), France (University of Nantes) and the Netherlands (Radboud University), plus over 21international Associate Partners. The 2 year EMJMD ACES+ 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). Admission is granted on the basis of a competitive selection procedure. Classes are taught in English and the course is composed of 9 modules of approx. 250 hours each (=30 ECTS).

The course runs over 4 semesters. The first semester provides the foundation courses, which are devoted to gaining an overview of the global aquaculture industry, the interactions of this industry with the environment, new technologies and systems and how it is governed, managed and knowledge is exchanged with industry etc. Whereas, the two following ones are more advanced, enabling the students to acquiring more specialist knowledge in the finfish and shellfish industries, particularly looking at welfare, product quality and product refinement, etc., the fourth semester is targeted to an industry-based research project, resulting in the writing of a dissertation (=30 ECTS). Language classes in French, Greek and Dutch will also be provided to ensure that students integrate as well as possible in socio-cultural terms in the host country. Each student must spend at least one semester in each of the three (or four) countries, depending on choice of dissertation project. Students that have obtained 120 ECTS will automatically obtain a Joint Master Degree from the University of the Highlands and Islands, the University of Crete and the University of Nantes, plus a Diploma Supplement from Radboud University, if this has been their host institution for their dissertation. Tuition fees are 4,500 EUR/year for European students and 9,000 EUR/year for other students. All candidates may apply for Erasmus Mundus Scholarships, which will cover the tuition fees, travel and living expenses.
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