Scientific Studies - Earth & Ocean Sciences

Who is this course for: People with an interest in our natural environment and the outdoors.

May be professionally beneficial for geography teachers, environmental scientists, engineers, archaeologists.

Course Profile
This course's aim is to provide students with a broad introduction to the study of the Earth's solid geology & its coastal ocean, with hands-on, practical experience of the techniques employed within the fields of geology, oceanography, and Earth observation.

This course will use online lectures and practical exercises, as well as weekend workshops and field trips, to study the Earth's origins, materials and processes at all scales from the atomic to the planetary level; internal and external; and locally, nationally, and internationally. One module will deal with our coastal ocean, examining at the interaction of geology, ground- and surface water, and the marine environment. Another will focus on Earth observation and remote sensing, and how these are used to help understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes acting on the Earth's surface. A common theme throughout will be in the interaction of people with the planet we inhabit. Fieldtrips (within Ireland) are an integral part of the course.

Entry requirements

As it is a blended learning course, participants will need access to a computer with (ideally) a broadband connection.

Entry Requirements
The following are the entry requirements for our part-time and full-time courses:
Part-time: If you are aged 21 years or over by January 1st of the year of admission to a part-time course, you may matriculate on the grounds of mature years alone. Therefore, many of the courses detailed in this prospectus state that there are no formal entry requirements involved.

If you are aged under 21 on January 1st of the year of admission to a part-time course and are applying for a part-time course at NUI Galway, you may, in certain circumstances, be asked to fulfil the matriculation requirements for the University.

These include the following a pass in at least six subjects (including Irish, English and another language), in the Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent including:
For applicants sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017 and subsequent years:
• Grade H5 in two subjects
• Grade H7/O6 in the remaining four subjects
For applicants who sat the Leaving Certificate prior to 2017:
• Grade C3 in two subjects on the higher course
• Grade D3 (ordinary or higher course) in the remaining four subjects

If you do not meet this matriculation requirement, you may be allowed to submit applications for some courses and you will be assessed on suitability for entry on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirement
An International English Language Testing System (IELTS/TOEFL) certificate is required if English is not your first language to indicate your competency in written and spoken English for the course you are interested in taking. IELTS/TOEFL is not required for the language diplomas listed in the prospectus.

Assessment Info

All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed by continuous assessment (practical exercises) and either assignments or written examination.

Subjects taught

The course covers a broad range of subject matter within the Disciplines of Political Science and Sociology, but focuses specifically on: Power and Decision Making, Active Citizenship, Human Rights and Globalisation and Localisation. The course is delivered in a blended learning format combining face-to-face seminars with online study throughout the academic year.




2 years, part-time.
Blended Learning


Fees: (per annum)
EU: €970 Non-EU: €1,470

Enrolment dates

Starts on September 2018

Post Course Info

What career or further study opportunities are there?
A number of graduates from an earlier version of the course have since gone on to study for a degree in Earth & Ocean Sciences.

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  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 7 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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