Masters degrees in Marine Zoology offer advanced study of animals - including fish, invertebrates and mammals - in seawater environments. Many courses also focus on broader issues related to marine climates and habitats (such as conservation, development and climate chance impacts).
Programmes in this subject are often interdisciplinary, drawing on aspects of Aquaculture, Oceaonography and general Marine Biology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in Biology, Animal Science or Environmental Studies.
You will increase your vocational skills in activities including lab-based work such as experiment design, bioimaging and electron microscopy. You will also undertake fieldwork, employing survey and sampling techniques to study marine life in a variety of tropical and temperate environments, sometimes in remote or indigenous areas.
Utilising techniques in genetics and taxonomy, you will build your academic knowledge to identify and trace the origins and evolution of various marine species and analyse marine biodiversity. You will also consider numerous issues through a variety of cultural frameworks such as sustainability and ethical principles.
Experience in this field would make you suitable for many roles aside from that of the traditional Marine Zoologist. You could work with charities and agencies on marine conservation projects, become involved in legislation for NGOs, or even pursue more exotic careers such as paleozoology.
A one year MSc degree focussing on core and specialist competences in key themes of fisheries, marine conservation; sustainability and ecosystem based management.
Level: 90 ECTS taught MSc, Level 9
Duration: 1 year, starts September
Outline: The course consists of six taught modules (5 ECTS each) and a major research thesis (60 ECTS).
The modules are:
Ecology of Top Predators in Marine Systems
Life History Strategies and Trade-offs
Secondary Impacts of Harvest on Wild Populations and Ecosystems
Applied Geographic Information Systems
Data Analysis Using R and R Studio
Seabird and Marine Mammal Population Assessment techniques
Teaching by research-active staff working in the field of Applied Marine Conservation with particular interest in marine mammals, seabirds and fisheries.
A major research thesis on a real conservation problem, in collaboration with a supervisor from GMIT and a supervisor from an external organisation.
Graduates will be well prepared for careers in marine conservation and management, or may continue to PhD research.
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