M.Sc. On Campus

Biology - Marine Biology

University College Cork

12 months
22600 EUR/year
6130 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc Biology - Marine Biology at University College Cork 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.


Learning outcomes

The areas of marine biology covered in this master’s 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.

Students graduating from The MSc Biology - Marine Biology at University College Cork are equipped with both academic and practical skills in a range of subjects relevant to employers’ requirements both here in Ireland and the wider world. In particular, the compulsory professional certificate courses in Sea Survival, Powerboat Handling, and Marine Radio are a significant addition to any marine biology graduate’s CV, making you immediately employable with no delay in having to do these courses at significant additional expense elsewhere. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Marine Megafauna
  • Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Marine Fieldwork and Survey Techniques
  • Practical Marine Workplace Skills
  • Marine Ecology and Conservation
  • Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems
  • Genetics and the Marine Environment
  • Marine Biology Research Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A candidate for the MSc in Marine Biology must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade II degree in any Biological Science or relevant equivalent area. 
  • In addition, 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22600 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6130 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6130 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Cork

860 - 1400 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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