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Ryan Institute - Research

The Ryan Institute is a marine research institute on the campus of NUI Galway near the centre of Galway City and at Carna, Co. Galway, which includes an aquacultural and fisheries research facility in Carna, Connemara. The Institute was funded by means of a donation from the late Dr Tony Ryan in 1993, which was used to build a state-of-the-art Marine Science building in a prominent location on the NUI Galway campus; an Annexe to the MRI was completed in 2008, which includes state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to cater for a new Graduate Programme in Marine Science. The Institute is staffed by researchers from the School of Natural Sciences of the College of Science, particularly from the disciplines of Botany, Zoology, Microbiology and Oceanography. The Institute is in receipt of extensive funding from Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Industrial Development Authority, the National Development Programme, the Higher Education Authority, the Beaufort Awards (Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources), the Marine Institute, and the Framework 7 Programme of the European Union.

The Ryan Institute works closely with the Environmental Change Institute and the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Research.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the degree of PhD or MSc by research must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 [or equivalent international qualification] for an MSc) at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.


GYT63 PhD (Ryan Institute) full-time
GYT64 PhD (Ryan Institute) part-time
GYT65 MSc (Ryan Institute) full-time
GYT66 MSc (Ryan Institute) part-time

Further enquiries

Research areas

Areas of Interest
Marine Biodiscovery and Biotechnology
Marine Environment
Marine Enterprise
Evolutionary Development of marine and other organisms
Marine Bioinformatics (including Molecular Biology)
Aquaculture & Fisheries

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