MSc in Marine Biology

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 24 months

  • Start dates: September / January

  • Duration: 1 year

  • Level 9 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From 22,130 € / year

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The MSc Marine Biology aims to train graduates in multiple areas of marine biology and equip them with professional certificates in Sea Survival, Powerboat Handling and Marine Radio, as well as a course introductory first aid and necessary field skills.

Program description

Marine biology areas covered in this master’s course include fisheries and aquaculture, genetics, marine ecology and conservation, marine mammals, and ecological aspects of the Geographic Information System (GIS). In addition, the course has an important field work component that includes work on the ship, as well as training in sampling and survey techniques. This course, led entirely by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork, will provide an understanding of these various disciplines and skills necessary to meet the growing demand for trained marine biologists at home and abroad.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe key marine flora and fauna, the marine environment, and their biological and physical properties and processes.
  • Evaluate the sustainability of the exploitation (fishing and aquaculture) and evaluate the impact of other anthropogenic factors on the marine environment < / span>
  • Define the functions of management and conservation in the marine environment.
  • Demonstrate a wide range of research skills (field and laboratory), including professional and safety-related qualifications.
  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in this course in the work environment that allows the development of policies.

Program structure

Part I of the course consists of eight modules worth 60 credits that include lectures, practicals, seminars and field work. Part II is a substantial research project worth 30 credits for those who pass Part I. The four-month research project is evaluated by a dissertation, a project seminar and an assessment of your practical ability throughout the duration of the project.

  • Marine Megafauna (10 credits)
  • Marine fisheries and aquaculture (10 credits)
  • Study techniques and marine field work (10 credits)
  • Practical Skills in the Marine Workplace (5 credits)
  • Marine ecology and conservation (10 credits)
  • Ecological applications of geographic information systems (5 credits)
  • Genetics and the marine environment (5 credits)
  • Innovation and sustainability of the ocean (5 credits)
  • Marine biology research project (30 credits)

Admission requirements

  • Candidates for the MS in Marine Biology must have earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in any relevant biological science or equivalent area.
  • In addition, NFQ Level 8 graduates with professional qualifications or relevant experience, but without the relevant degree classification, can also apply for entry and each case will be judged case on a case-by-case basis as to their suitability for the program, subject to approval by the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Food Sciences.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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