M.Sc. On Campus

Marine and Freshwater Resources - Management

National University of Ireland, Galway

12 months
23750 EUR/year
7690 EUR/year
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The Marine and Freshwater Resources - Management programme of the National University of Ireland, Galway will enable graduates to develop a core understanding and advanced level of knowledge and skills in key areas relevant to the marine and freshwater environment.


Why Choose This Course?

Graduates of the Marine and Freshwater Resources - Management programme of the National University of Ireland, Galway will learn advanced problem solving, management, analytical and communication skills. It will develop their capacity and capability for scientific leadership and solution-based approaches relevant to their career trajectory. An MSc in Marine and Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management will build on undergraduate courses in Earth and Ocean Sciences, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, Geography and Geosystems and the Bachelor of Science degree programme. It will provide a pathway for students interested in pursuing a career in industries concerned with the protection and use of water. The course will also be targeted at professionals in industry, government, and the regulatory sector who wish to further develop their skills and resources.

The course has a focus on cross-sector skills and competences that can be transferred from one topic/occupational area to another, enabling national and international occupational mobility for its graduates, and giving them the skill set to work in and lead multidisciplinary teams. Cross-sector skills and competences are of growing importance all over Europe and are considered relevant to occupations across several economic sectors (ESCO).

The taught MSc in Marine and Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management that provides training in critical knowledge areas and an understanding of knowledge gaps in our aquatic environment and related human activities, as well as the capacity to engage in activities for their assessment, governance, management and communication, relevant to the environmental sector will (1) provide graduates with the competences to obtain employment in industry, research, policy development, monitoring or management and (2) help meet targets in relation to environmental obligations under EU and international Directives and the transition to a sustainable economy.

Career Opportunities

Many opportunities exist within the areas of environment, marine and water such as government, NGOs, and private companies, all driven to meet environmental targets set within international agreements. Graduates will acquire transversal and multidisciplinary skills in science, communication and management, enabling them to take on roles within an industrial setting, or within a regulatory body or private consultancy firm.

Careers such as project managers, consultants and advisors exist within public and private sectors in Ireland and elsewhere. In addition, the course will provide graduates with a portfolio of generic skills that will help them compete for PhD programmes and improve their ability for other research roles and upskilling for professionals in Local Authorities, government, regulatory and industry sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Problems in Marine and Freshwater Environments: Contaminants
  • Environmental Problems in Marine and Freshwater Environments: Methodological Aspects and Applications
  • Marine and Freshwater Acidification
  • Water Framework Directive
  • Metals in the Environment, Speciation, Bioavailability, Remediation
  • Water Quality

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum academic standards (proposed 2.1 hons, or equivalent, though 2.2 students (or equivalent) with relevant experience will also be considered), English language proficiency: IELTS 6.5 (NUI Galway minimum requirement). Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is considered.
  • The ‘Marine and Freshwater Resources: Management’ Programme Board will consider non-standard applications. Both the appropriate discipline and required relevant experience are at the discretion of the Programme Board.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23750 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23750 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7690 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7690 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 EUR /month
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