Coastal & Marine Environments - Physical Processes Policy & Practice

Your Course
This MSc programme has a strong field-based and applied focus and is offered in direct response to newly emerging discourses on the long-term health of coastal and marine systems. The programme is designed to train skilled personnel who can advance our understanding of these environments through further research, and offer scientific advice on, organise, and regulate an informed development of coastal and marine resources and activities in Ireland, the EU and worldwide.

The modules currently offered are: Research Methods and Mapping, Dynamics of Climate Change, Coastal Processes and Landforms, Reconstructing Marine Environments, Biodiversity and Coastal Change, and Marine Spatial Planning and Policy. In these modules you will be challenged to engage with established scientific perspectives of how coastal and marine systems work and the strategies used to manage them-especially in response to future climate change scenarios. There is a strong emphasis on transferable and problemsolving skills, reflected in the focus on field-based learning practices (including ship-time on the RV Celtic Voyager) that are embedded in all modules, in addition to an engagement with the most cutting-edge theoretical work from various interdisciplinary fields.

The team is engaged in a broad range of scientific investigations of the physical/human environment, and students will become active members of ongoing research programmes and will learn the research and publication process.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Level 8 degree, Second Class Honours or equivalent, with Second Class Honours Grade 1 or equivalent in a relevant field of study. Selection is based on candidates' academic record at undergraduate level, and statement of intent.

Application dates

CLOSING DATE: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See page 312 for full details of when and how to apply.


1MCM1: 1 year full-time; 1MCM2: 2 years part-time.

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Career Opportunities
With coastal and marine resources increasingly promoted as being central to revitalising the Irish economy, the coming years will require well-informed and educated leaders who understand the complexities of the interaction between the economy and health of these environments. This should present graduates of this new course with opportunities across various fields (coastal and marine science, environment, politics, planning, NGOs, local and regional agencies, research agencies, research laboratories and programmes, etc.). The placement element of the programme will also offer practical work experience that will enhance career prospects.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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