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Freshwater and Marine Biology

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Bachelor of Science in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology

Discipline: Freshwater and Marine Biology

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 50

CAO Round 1 Points: 280 (2020)

Why Study?

You will be studying an exciting mix of subjects including Marine Biology, studies of rivers and lakes, ecology and zoology. 

Year one involves the study of a range of Science modules and year two focuses on Biology - the science of life. Biologists explore and learn how organisms are constructed and how they function. This involves the study of reproduction, growth and development and how organisms capture and use raw materials and energy.

Year three covers areas such as fisheries, pollution control, the environment and aquatic biology where the main activity entails the monitoring of the aquatic environment.

Programme Modules

  • Fisheries & Aquaculture
  • Botany & Zoology
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Limnology & Oceanography
  • Biology of Aquatic Organisms
  • Ecological Techniques
  • Resource Monitoring & Assessment
  • Ecology of Aquatic Environments
  • Six month Industrial Placement

Career Opportunities

There are numerous employment opportunities in environmental protection, aquaculture, education and industry. Opportunities in environmental management and protection are increasing dramatically with the implementation of EU environmental directives and the current awareness of ‘green’ issues.

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates can progress onto year four of the BSc (Honours) degree in Freshwater and Marine Biology at GMIT (subject to availability of places) or to other relevant honours degree programmes at other Institutes of Technology and universities in Ireland and the UK.

Essential Information: 

There is no need to have studied biology for the Leaving Certificate, as the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in year one. There is a six month work placement in year three.

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €150 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.

Drone footage of basking sharks off the Co Clare coast (Dr Simon Berrow, GMIT)

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Applied Freshwater & Marine Biology at GMIT - Student Experience

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Ship Training - GMIT BSc (Hons) in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology

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GMIT Graduate Marine Science, Imelda Hehir working in the Marine Institute

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Contact Us

Dr Seamus Lennon

Head of Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Phone: 091 742705