Marine & Freshwater Resources - Management

This will develop their capacity and capability for scientific leadership and solution-based approaches relevant to their career trajectory. The programme builds on existing undergraduate courses in Earth and Ocean Sciences, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, Geography and Geosystems and general Bachelor of Science degree courses. The MSc sets out to equip students with a broad range of skills and an understanding of the fundamental concepts underpinning the functioning of aquatic systems, the ability to communicate about them in a meaningful way and the ability to make informed and responsible decisions regarding marine and freshwater resources.

1. In the 2020 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings NUI Galway was ranked in the Top 10 for education and actions to support aquatic ecosystems, both locally and globally (UN-SDG14).

2. The course will provide graduates with a portfolio of generic skills allowing them to compete for PhD programmes and improve their ability for other research roles and it will also provide upskilling for existing professionals.

3. This MSc provides training in critical knowledge areas, understanding knowledge gaps in aquatic environments and related human activities, and the capacity to engage in activities for their assessment, governance, management, and communication, relevant to the environmental sector and will (1) provide graduates with competences to obtain employment, and (2) help meet targets in relation to environmental obligations under International Directives and the transition to sustainability.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Minimum academic standards (proposed 2.1 honours, though 2.2 students with relevant experience will also be considered). English language proficiency: IELTS 6.5 (NUI Galway minimum requirement). Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is considered.

The 'Marine and Freshwater Resources: Management' Programme Board will consider non-standard applications. Both the appropriate discipline and required relevant experience are at the discretion of the Programme Board.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis.


1 year, full-time.

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Career Opportunities
The course will produce well-rounded, motivated, mobile and dynamic problem-solvers and leaders who can work in any area related to the marine and freshwater environments and related industry. The subject knowledge, transferable skills and thesis elements of the course are designed to provide graduates with the opportunity to carry out further research, work in the public or private sector, or create their own employment. Careers such as project managers, consultants and advisors exist within public and private sectors in Ireland and elsewhere.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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