Residential Field Course


The residential field course is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to integrate learning outcomes from a range of modules covered throughout this MSc degree, and to develop practical skills and promote independent learning both individually and within assigned groups. The chosen location for the residential field course (e.g. Aran Islands/Inishbofin, Co. Galway; west Galway/Mayo Coast; the Burren and surrounding area, Co. Clare) represents an opportunity to study a range of animals (e.g. freshwater invertebrates, waders, grey seals) in a variety of habitats (e.g. grassland, small freshwater lakes, coastal lagoons, sandy and rocky shores).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop and execute a detailed research programme to answer specific research questions in the field.

  2. Employ relevant skills covered in other modules, such as research planning, literature review, experimental design, statistical analysis and report writing.

  3. Choose and use appropriate research methods in a variety of situations.

  4. Organise and direct the work of individuals and groups in a professional working environment, both as a team leader and as a group member.

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