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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.



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)The 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 close oversight of your work for at least one year. 

Details to include:

  • 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

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


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