Applied Marine Conservation - Galway

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

To request an Application Form or for any queries about the application process please contact:

Admissions Office
Tel: +353 (0)91 742305

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:

1. Ecology of Top Predators in Marine Systems

2. Secondary Impacts of Harvest on Wild Populations and Ecosystems

3. Applied Geographic Information Systems

4. Data Analysis Using R and R Studio

5. Seabird and Marine Mammal Population Assessment techniques

6. Life History Strategies and Trade-offs

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

Application date

Apply direct to GMIT

Course fee

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

Enrolment and start dates

Starts September

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