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Biodiversity & Land-Use Planning

Your course
This Master of Science (MSc) course provides you with the crucial skills and knowledge needed to manage biodiversity resources sustainably.

The programme’s objectives are:
• To integrate an international perspective and new research findings into a biodiversity and land use approach

• To provide research-led opportunities that will help find solutions for conservation and planning conflicts

• To develop expertise within local authority and public/private sector staff so they can meet international biodiversity and conservation obligations

This part-time course extends over 24 months and runs in two-year cycles continuously from September through to the end of August of the second year. The modular course is devoted to scientific and policy coursework delivered in a blended learning format, comprising a mixture of face-to-face contact (approximately 12–15 hours per module) in addition to private study combined with online support. Students are expected to carry out both individual and group projects and to prepare written reports and oral presentations on relevant subjects.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
The programme is open to individuals who have obtained a Level 8 primary degree or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline. Students who do not have an academic background but have relevant experience may also apply.


2 years, part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Our obligations to protect the environment under EU legislation mean that this course will play a pivotal role for those currently working in or who wish to enter the planning or engineering professions in local government or as private consultants. Graduates of this course will ensure that governments, local authorities and private consultancies will help implement sustainable policies that contribute to economic recovery while managing limited biodiversity resources.

Further enquiries

Dr Gesche Kindermann
Course co-ordinator
T: +353 91 493 863


1. The programme has been jointly developed with Galway County Council.

2. It is designed to enhance the skills of local authority and private consultancy staff and to help to ensure compliance with the Habitats Directive’s requirements.

3. The programme assists in meeting such legal obligations as Strategic Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments, and Appropriate Assessments.

Application date

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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