Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Advancing sustainability and innovation is central to the research activities of the Ryan Institute's Research Centres/Clusters and Research Groups. The Ryan Institute is engaged in research and partnerships that contribute to the majority of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which need to be achieved both nationally and internationally between now and 2030.
The Ryan Institute focuses on four thematic research areas, namely (1) Marine & Coastal, (2) Energy & Climate Change, (3) Agriculture & BioEconomy, and (4) Environment & Health. The Ryan Institute is comprised of 12 Research Centres/Clusters spanning these four thematic research areas. At present, the Ryan Institute is NUI Galway's largest research institute comprised of 100 Research Groups and 12 Research Centres/Clusters that are responsible for over 500 funded research projects comprising circa. 20% of the overall research income of NUI Galway. The 100 Research Groups (each lead by a Ryan Institute Principal Investigator) within the Ryan Institute collectively consist of over 500 full-time researchers, including 111 Postdoctoral Fellows, 57 Research Assistants, and over 240 PhD students.
The Ryan Institute is a powerhouse for the inter-disciplinary research and innovation that is necessary to address the many sustainable development challenges facing society today, from both national to global scales. The Ryan Institute is a cross-cutting Research Institute of NUI Galway with research groups drawn from all Colleges across NUI Galway, with internationally-renowned expertise spanning science, engineering, socio-economics, and health.
There are 23 postgraduate master's degree programs that are strongly aligned with the Ryan Institute’s four research themes. The Ryan Institute in particular acts to support the research components of Masters degree programs which are aligned with its four research themes. This is achieved through the activities of the Ryan Institute’s Postgraduate Working Group.
The following postgraduate masters degree programs are strongly aligned with the Ryan Institute research themes, with many Masters degree students doing the research component of their Masters degrees in the research groups of Ryan Institute Principal Investigators.
AgriBiosciences (Structured MSc), in collaboration with Teagasc
Biodiversity & Land-Use Planning (MSc)
Civil Engineering (ME)
Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (MSc)
Coastal & Marine Environments (MSc)
Computational Genomics (MSc)
Computer Science—Data Analytics (MSc)
Energy Systems Engineering (ME)
Environment, Society, & Development (MA)
Environmental Leadership (MSc)
Health Economics (MSc)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Natural Resource Economics & Policy (MEconSc)
Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety (MSc)
Politics and Sociology (MA)
Rural Sustainability (MA)
Sustainable Resource Management (MSc)
Water Resources Engineering (MSc)
Prospective students who are interested in any of the four research themes of the Ryan Institute and in making an impact in these areas can choose from the above portfolio of Masters degree programs to further their skills and careers.