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Full time September MSc 1 year full time
Agriculture (1) Biological Sciences (4) Environmental Sciences (13)

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Embark on an exciting academic journey with the MSc Marine Biology programme at University College Cork. This comprehensive 12-month course, offered by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, equips students with a diverse skill set in marine biology. From fieldwork to genetics, marine ecology to conservation, the curriculum covers a wide array of modules essential for aspiring marine biologists. The programme boasts a strong emphasis on practical training, including ship work and professional certificate courses in sea survival and powerboat handling. Graduates emerge with a deep understanding of marine flora and fauna, sustainability assessment, and research skills applicable in various work environments. The course's unique selling points lie in its hands-on approach, expert teaching team, and opportunities for overseas research projects and placements. To join this esteemed programme, applicants need a Second Class Honours Grade II in a relevant Biological Science degree or equivalent. Dive into the world of marine biology and unlock a sea of opportunities with this esteemed MSc programme.

About the course

Our MSc Marine Biology programme aims to train graduates in multiple areas of marine biology and includes the acquisition of necessary field skills in sea survival, powerboat handling and marine radio.

This popular course includes modules in fisheries and aquaculture, genetics, marine ecology and conservation, marine mammals, and ecological aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). In addition, the course has a significant fieldwork component including ship work as well as survey and sampling techniques training.

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Entry Requirements

A candidate for the MSc in Marine Biology must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8) in any Biological Science or relevant equivalent area.

In addition, under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), NFQ Level 8 graduates with relevant professional qualifications or relevant experience but not the relevant degree classification may also apply for entry and each case will be judged on a case-by-case basis as to their suitability for the programme, subject to the approval of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.




Fees

EU Fee (Full-time): €7,810
Non EU Fee (Full-time): €23,500

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Student Profile

Cian Greene

Graduated in 2021

I chose this programme at UCC because it had a wide array of practical elements, as well as in-depth academic content. This course offers hands-on practical experience in fieldwork, data collection on research vessels, labs, and marine workplace skills such as sea survival and VHF/powerboat licences. This course has far exceeded my expectations and given me a solid understanding in the principles of marine biology and practical skills allowing me to pursue a career in research as a PhD student.

Scholarships

At UCC, we understand there is more than one way to achieve your goals which is why we are committed to making quality university education accessible to everyone. UCC specialises in preparing both domestic and international students for successful university study by offering a number of scholarships to enable suitably qualified students to undertake full-time study towards a university degree. Selection is based on academic merit, previous experience as well as research potential.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

A long list of opportunities for both domestic and international applications, as well as travel funding for current students, can be found on this site. As students may be eligible for more than one scholarship or bursary, we encourage them to explore the website and submit multiple applications if applicable.


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