Biology - Marine Biology Conversion Programme

Course Outline
The Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology (Conversion Programme) is a part-time programme running from September to March for graduates from non-biological or environmental disciplines unable to meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto the MSc in Marine Biology programme. Students successfully passing all modules will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology. Those wishing to progress onto the MSc in Marine Biology must obtain an aggregate of at least 60% to be eligible to transfer onto the Master's programme in the following academic year and will hold exemptions in passed modules taken in the Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology if she/he applies for the Master's in Marine Biology within 5 years from the date of successful completion of the Certificate Examinations.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
• Describe key marine flora and fauna, the marine environment and its biological and physical properties and processes;
• Define the roles of management and conservation across the marine environment;
• Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in this course in the working environment enabling the development of policy.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have at least a 2H1 Honours degree in any discipline.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

There will be continuous assessment associated with all four modules on the programme and it is expected that students will also need to do significant reading of texts and scientific journals in their own time during the programme to show their wider knowledge of the subject matter.

Subjects taught

Students take four taught modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:
• BL6012 Marine Megafauna (10 credits)
• BL6016 Marine Ecology and Conservation (10 Credits)
• BL6019 Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
• BL6025 Innovation and Ocean Sustainability (5 credits)




6 months Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 6 months.

This part time 30 credit programme will run from September to the end of March. Two modules (BL6012 and BL6016) will run from September to December with examinations in December and two modules (BL6019 and BL6025) will run from mid- January to the end of February with an examination at the end of February.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
As well as a number of professionally certified courses that will be provided throughout the course, students will also gain a variety of technical skills associated with research and computer skills (GIS in particular). Many transferable skills are also fostered through different learning approaches, including critical thinking, problem solving, report writing, oral presentations, statistical analysis, independent research and time management.

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