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GMIT MSc in Applied Marine Conservation

MSc in Applied Marine Conservation

One year taught MSc degree focusing on fisheries, marine conservation, sustainability and ecosystem based management

Discipline: Natural 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 core and specialist competences in key themes of fisheries, marine conservation; sustainability and ecosystem based management.

Course Highlights

  • 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.

Programme Modules

All taught modules are 5 ECTS and 100% continuous assessment.

Taught elements are completed in Semester 1 and include the following:

  1. Ecology of Top Predators in Marine Systems
  2. Secondary Impacts of Harvest on Wild Populations and Ecosystems
  3. Applied Geographic Information Systems
  4. Data Analysis Using R and R Studio
  5. Seabird and Marine Mammal Population Assessment techniques
  6. Life History Strategies and Trade-offs

The Research thesis is a year-long module and is worth 60 ECTS.

Career Opportunities

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

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. 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).

Contact Us

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

Admissions Office

Tel: +353 (0) 91-742140



For any queries about the course please contact the course coordinator:

Heidi Acampora

Email: Heidi Acampora


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