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Applied Marine Conservation (MSc)

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 2 semesters
Cost €6,000 (EU) and €12,000 (non-EU).

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

Programme Modules

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.

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


Structural components
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project


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.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Scientific modelling
Environmental protection technology