University of the Highlands and Islands

University of the Highlands and Islands

Aquaculture, Environment and Society

This course offers specialised training to deliver highly skilled graduates capable of addressing the challenge of food provision for a growing world population. The course aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge and practical expertise to enable this major industry to produce nutritious, high-quality and affordable foods. Students gain research experience through a dissertation, linked to an industrial partner and hosted by a University partner. The course is delivered at research facilities including: Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI; University of Crete (Greece); and University of Nantes (France). Associate institutes include the United Nations University and the Huinay Research Station, Chile. International partners (including the International Oceanographic Commission and Sainsbury's) offering dissertation placements with full industry participation.

Entry requirements

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 (IELTS 6.5). Basic French is recommended for daily living in Semester 2.

Course modules

Energy, climate and carbon; local economic development; developing communities; developing a community energy project; participatory approaches to community consultation; and research methods.

Assessment methods


Sponsorship information

Marine Harvest Scotland (Ltd) has pledged 2 scholarships to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (EMJMD ACES) run by the Oban-based Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS UHI) and in collaboration with the universities of Crete and Nantes. The course is part of the European Union's prestigious Erasmus Mundus programme and gives students the unique opportunity to travel throughout Europe as they learn about sustainable aquaculture. The 2-year sponsorship, open to graduates from EU member states, will fund one student per year and includes participation fees and an opportunity to work with Marine Harvest for a period of 6 months in order to complete a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI Oban PA37 1QA Scotland

Key information

University Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0845 2723600