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MSC in Conservation Behaviour GMIT

MSc in Conservation Behaviour

One year taught MSc degree that focuses on how animal behaviour can be applied to wildlife conservation

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

Why Study?

This one year MSc degree focuses on how animal behaviour can be applied to wildlife conservation.

You will study the behaviour of a wide range of species from marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats.

Course Highlights

  1. Teaching by research-active staff working in the field of Conservation Behaviour, with particular interests in aquatic species.
  2. A residential field course on an island off the west coast of Ireland, where the behaviour of a number of species will be studied in a natural setting.
  3. A major research thesis on a real conservation problem, in collaboration with a supervisor from GMIT and a supervisor from an external organisation.

Programme Modules

The course consists of six taught modules (5 ECTS each) and a major research thesis (60 ECTS).

The taught modules are:

  • Studies in Conservation Behaviour
  • Data Analysis using R and RStudio
  • Residential Field Course
  • Applied Geographic Information Systems
  • Animal Behaviour: Recording and Analysis
  • Acoustic Monitoring as a Marine Conservation Tool

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be well prepared for careers in wildlife conservation and management, or may continue to PhD research.

Potential employers may include:

  • Ecological Consultancies
  • Non-Governmental Organisations and Charities
  • Research Institutes
  • Government Agencies

Essential Information: 

Course Overview

Level: 90 ECTS taught MSc, Level 9

Duration: 1 year, starts September


Entry Requirements: 

The minimum requirement is a 2.2 in a cognate Honours Degree, e.g. Animal Behaviour, Conservation Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Environmental Science, etc.

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 see

Applicants may be eligible for a SUSI grant (see SUSI website).

Contact Us


To request an Application Form or for any queries about the application process please contact:

Admissions Office

Tel: +353 (0)91 742305



For any queries about the course please contact the course co-ordinators:

Dr Martin Gammell, email:

Dr Joanne O’Brien, email:

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