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Masters Degrees in Biodiversity, Ireland

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This blended-learning course applies an evidence-based approach to developing pragmatic solutions for environmental problems with particular emphasis on integrating biodiversity within land-use planning. Read more

Course Outline

This blended-learning course applies an evidence-based approach to developing pragmatic solutions for environmental problems with particular emphasis on integrating biodiversity within land-use planning. Students will learn how to deal effectively with the potential environmental impacts of development manner and in compliance with environmental legislation. The modular course is devoted to formal scientific and policy coursework delivered in a flexible learning format, comprising a mixture of face-to-face contact once every five weeks in addition to private study combined with e-tutorial on-line support. Key areas covered include Appropriate Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Core Modules

YEAR 1:
Ecosystem Science (5 ECTS)
Introduction to Flora & Fauna (5 ECTS)
Ecological Survey Techniques (5 ECTS)
Biodiversity Legislation & Policy (5 ECTS)
Habitat Identification & Assessment (5 ECTS)
Habitat Creation, Management & Restoration (5 ECTS)

YEAR 2:
Environmental Impact Assessment (5 ECTS)
Strategic Environmental Assessment (5 ECTS)
Appropriate Assessment (5 ECTS)
Climate Change & Biodiversity (5 ECTS)
Water Framework Directive & Biodiversity (5 ECTS)
Invasive Species & Biodiversity (5 ECTS)

Research Project (30 ECTS)

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This programme has been designed to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical grounding in the science of biological diversity and its conservation. Read more
This programme has been designed to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical grounding in the science of biological diversity and its conservation. The programme is taught in modules, and these are grouped into theoretical components, practical research skills, and modules dealing with individual desk-based and experimental research projects. The course is taught through a variety of methods - lectures, practical classes, field-based learning, guided reading and discussion groups and web-based methods. A variety of assessment procedures are used - essay writing, oral presentations, web-based tests, examinations and dissertations. The approach is to develop, progressively, a high degree of independent thinking and academic excellence in students completing the course.

Following successful completion of the taught part of the course, students embark on a closely supervised research project of approximately three months duration, intended to expand the skills and knowledge base acquired in earlier modules.

This is a full-time, intensive programme that will run over a twelve-month period. All modules are compulsory for M.Sc. candidates while P.Grad.Dip. candidates are required to take all modules except the Research Project.

The programme provides in-depth training and experience for those looking to further their career in various aspects of biodiversity and its conservation, for students wishing to pursue further post-graduate research in this area, and for professionals already working in conservation biology wishing to obtain relevant qualifications.

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“A one year MSc degree that focuses on how animal behaviour can be applied to wildlife conservation. You will study the behaviour of a wide range of species from marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats.”. Read more

“A one year MSc degree that focuses on how animal behaviour can be applied to wildlife conservation. You will study the behaviour of a wide range of species from marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats.”

The course consists of six taught modules (5 ECTS each) and a major research thesis (60 ECTS). The taught modules are: Studies in Conservation Behaviour; Data Analysis using R and RStudio; Residential Field Course; Applied Geographic Information Systems; Animal Behaviour: Recording and Analysis; Acoustic Monitoring as a Marine Conservation Tool.

Course Highlights

Teaching by research-active staff working in the field of Conservation Behaviour, with particular interests in aquatic species.

A residential field course on an island off the west coast of Ireland, where the behaviour of a number of species will be studied in a natural setting.

A major research thesis on a real conservation problem, in collaboration with a supervisor from GMIT and a supervisor from an external organisation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be well prepared for careers in wildlife conservation and management, or may continue to PhD research. Potential employers include: Ecological Consultancies, Non-Governmental Organisations and Charities, Research Institutes and Government Agencies.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications through the post. To request an application form, please contact Dr Martin Gammell at:

For any queries about the application process please contact the Admissions Office at +353 (0)91 742305, or at

For any queries about the course please contact the course coordinators: Dr Martin Gammell, email: , or Dr Joanne O’Brien, email:



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