Conservation Behaviour - Galway

One year taught MSc degree that focuses on how animal behaviour can be applied to wildlife conservation.

This one year MSc degree focuses on how animal behaviour can be applied to wildlife conservation.

You will study the behaviour of a wide range of species from marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats.

Course Highlights
1. Teaching by research-active staff working in the field of Conservation Behaviour, with particular interests in aquatic species.

2. A residential field course on an island off the west coast of Ireland, where the behaviour of a number of species will be studied in a natural setting.

3. A major research thesis on a real conservation problem, in collaboration with a supervisor from GMIT and a supervisor from an external organisation.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:

The minimum requirement is a 2.2 in a cognate Honours Degree, e.g. Animal Behaviour, Conservation Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Environmental Science, etc.

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 wildlife conservation and management, or may continue to PhD research.

Potential employers may include:

Ecological Consultancies
Non-Governmental Organisations and Charities
Research Institutes
Government Agencies

Further enquiries

For any queries about the course please contact the course coordinators:

Dr Martin Gammell, email:
Dr Joanne O'Brien, email:

Subjects taught

The course consists of six taught modules (5 ECTS each) and a major research thesis (60 ECTS).

The taught modules are:

Studies in Conservation Behaviour
Data Analysis using R and RStudio
Residential Field Course
Applied Geographic Information Systems
Animal Behaviour: Recording and Analysis
Acoustic Monitoring as a Marine Conservation Tool

Application date

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications by post.

To request an application form, please contact Dr Martin Gammell 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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