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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology

Discipline: Freshwater and Marine Biology

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 50

CAO Round 1 Points: 327 (2020)

Why Study?

You will study a range of modules from Marine Biology research at home and abroad (e.g. Spain or Portugal) to Environmental Management and Biodiversity / Conservation.

Explore the Blue Planet: Use the Marine Institute’s exploration ship ‘Celtic Voyager’ to explore the oceans. Complete numerous field trips including learning life saving techniques in Co. Donegal, reviewing environmental management principles in the Burren, and discussing animal care at Fota Island.

This programme focuses on Freshwater and Marine Ecology. The sustainable development of renewable resources in the face of the rapidly expanding population and developing economy is a consistent theme
throughout the programme. Graduates learn about the relevant ecological processes and gain an understanding of how they should be managed in a responsible and beneficial manner and the legal framework which seeks to protect them from undue exploitation.

Members of the Biology staff are actively engaged in research projects and act as consultants to a variety of academic, scientific and industrial bodies. There is also a large postgraduate group where students are engaged on MSc and PhD degree programmes.

Note: There is no need to have studied Biology for the Leaving Certificate, as the fundamentals of all Science subjects are delivered in year one.

Programme Modules

All modules on the Level 7 ordinary degree programme plus the following:

  • Biology & Ecology of Aquatic Species
  • Botany & Zooology
  • Biodiversity & Conservation
  • Residential Field Trip (typically held abroad)
  • Resource Management
  • Aquatic Animal Behaviour
  • Limnology & Oceanography
  • Ecology of Aquatic Environments
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Applied Biology & Ecology
  • Project

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme would be equipped to play professional and managerial roles in positions related to Freshwater and Marine Biology. These include:

  • Marine Research Manager
  • Environmental Offices, Regional Fisheries Board or County Council
  • Marine Fisheries Development Officer
  • Fisheries Officer, Regional Fisheries Board
  • Aquaculture Development Officer
  • Marine Biology Research
  • Freshwater Farm Manager
  • Marine Farm Manager
  • Fish Disease Research Scientist
  • College Lecturer


Post-graduate Studies: 

GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

Essential Information: 

There is a 10 week work placement in Year three, starting in mid-February. This course is recognised by The Teaching Council for admission to the Higher Diploma in Education (HDip Ed).

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.

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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