Biodiversity and Land-Use Planning

National University of Ireland, Galway

24 months
17750 EUR/year
7215 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This Master of Science (MSc) in Biodiversity and Land-Use Planning atNational University of Ireland, Galway course provides you with the crucial skills and knowledge needed to manage biodiversity resources sustainably. 


The Biodiversity and Land-Use Planning programme’s objectives are:

  • To integrate an international perspective and new research findings into a biodiversity and land use approach
  • To provide research-led opportunities that will help find solutions for conservation and planning conflicts
  • To develop expertise within local authority and public/private sector staff so they can meet international biodiversity and conservation obligations

This part-time course extends over 24 months and runs in two-year cycles continuously from September through to the end of August of the second year. The modular course is devoted to scientific and policy coursework delivered in a blended learning format, comprising a mixture of face-to-face contact in addition to private study combined with online support.

Aimed at individuals employed in the conservation, planning and engineering sectors, this course has been re-developed to meet the needs of working graduates who wish to upskill or change careers. Provision of flexible learning opportunities is a key aim of this programme and the course is now open to students wishing to join the programme at any time during the academic year. To do this, prospective students register and pay for individual modules in a ‘select and pay-as-you-go’ fashion. 

Career Opportunities

Our obligations to protect the environment under EU legislation mean that this course will play a pivotal role for those currently working in or who wish to enter the planning or engineering professions in local government or as private consultants. Graduates of this course will ensure that governments, local authorities and private consultancies will help implement sustainable policies that contribute to economic recovery while managing limited biodiversity resources.


Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Habitat Creation, Management and Restoration
  • Ecological Survey Techniques
  • Habitat Identification & Assessment
  • Introduction to Flora & Fauna of Ireland
  • Biodiversity Legislation & Policy
  • Ecosystem Science
  • Research Project
  • Water Framework Directive (WFD)
  • Invasive Species & Biodiversity
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Climate Change & Biodiversity
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Appropriate Assessment

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines







English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The programme is open to individuals who have a Level 8 primary degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. Applicants who do not have an academic background but have relevant experience may also apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17750 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7215 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7215 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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