Applied Marine Conservation - Galway

One year taught MSc degree focusing on fisheries, marine conservation, sustainability and ecosystem based management.

This one year MSc degree focuses on core and specialist competences in key themes of fisheries, marine conservation; sustainability and ecosystem based management.

Course Highlights

Teaching by research-active staff working in the field of applied marine conservation with particular interest in fisheries, marine mammals and seabirds.

An applied degree with fieldwork, practicals and 100% continuous assessment.

A major research thesis, in collaboration with a supervisor from GMIT and a supervisor from an external organisation.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is a 2.2 in a cognate Honours Degree, e.g. Zoology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology.

Non EU, non-native English speakers, must have a score of 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent.


1 year full-time

Number of credits

Level: 90 ECTS taught MSc, Level 9

Careers or further progression

Graduates will be well prepared for careers in applied marine conservation or may continue to PhD research.

Potential employers may include:

Ecological Consultancies
Non-Governmental Organisations and Charities
Research Institutes / Agencies
Self employment

Further enquiries

For any queries about the course please contact the course coordinator: Dr Ian O'Connor, email:

Subjects taught

All taught modules are 5 ECTS and 100% continuous assessment.

Taught elements are completed in Semester 1 and include the following:

Ecology of Top Predators in Marine Systems

Secondary Impacts of Harvest on Wild Populations and Ecosystems

Applied Geographic Information Systems

Data Analysis Using R and R Studio

Seabird and Marine Mammal Population Assessment techniques (Elective)

Acoustic Monitoring as a Marine Conservation Tool (Elective)

Stakeholder engagement (Elective)

Life History Strategies and Trade-offs (Elective)

The Research thesis is a year-long module and is worth 60 ECTS.

Application date


How to Apply

To request an application form, please contact Dr Ian O'Connor at:

For any queries about the application process please contact:

Admissions Office at +353 (0)91 742305, or at

Course fee

Approx. €6,000 (EU) and €12,000 (non-EU).

Enrolment and start dates

Starts September

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