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.
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.