MSc in Applied Marine ConservationOne year taught MSc degree focusing on fisheries, marine conservation, sustainability and ecosystem based management
Discipline: Life and Physical Sciences
Location: Galway - Dublin Road
NFQ Level: 9
Programme Duration: One year
Mode of Study: Full time
Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT
Entry Requirements: See "Essential Information" below
This one year MSc degree focuses on core and specialist competences in key themes of fisheries, marine conservation; sustainability and ecosystem based management.
- Teaching by research-active staff working in the field of applied marine conservation with particular interest in fisheries, marine mammals and seabirds.
- An applied degree with fieldwork, practicals and 100% continuous assessment.
- A major research thesis, in collaboration with a supervisor from GMIT and a supervisor from an external organisation.
All taught modules are 5 ECTS and 100% continuous assessment.
Taught elements are completed in Semester 1 and include the following:
- Ecology of Top Predators in Marine Systems
- Secondary Impacts of Harvest on Wild Populations and Ecosystems
- Applied Geographic Information Systems
- Data Analysis Using R and R Studio
- Seabird and Marine Mammal Population Assessment techniques (Elective)
- Acoustic Monitoring as a Marine Conservation Tool (Elective)
- Stakeholder engagement (Elective)
- Life History Strategies and Trade-offs (Elective)
The Research thesis is a year-long module and is worth 60 ECTS.
Graduates will be well prepared for careers in applied marine conservation or may continue to PhD research.
Potential employers may include:
- Ecological Consultancies
- Non-Governmental Organisations and Charities
- Research Institutes / Agencies
- Self employment
Level: 90 ECTS taught MSc, Level 9
Duration: 1 year, starts September
The minimum requirement is a 2.2 in a cognate Honours Degree, e.g. Zoology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology.
Non EU, non-native English speakers, must have a score of 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent.
Approx. €6,000 (EU) and €12,000 (non-EU).
For current information on fees, please see our Fees and Grants section.
Applicants may be eligible for a SUSI grant (SUSI website).