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Coastal & Marine Environments - Physical Processes, Policy and Practice

12 months
16540 EUR/year
6850 EUR/year
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The Coastal & Marine Environments - Physical Processes, Policy and Practice programme at University of Galway is directed at graduates from Geography, Natural Sciences and other related disciplines in the social and natural sciences, and at professionals in the field who are interested in furthering their knowledge of the field.


Coastal and marine environments are critical to local and national economies, support diverse habitats and communities, and provide a suite of ecosystem services. This Coastal & Marine Environments - Physical Processes, Policy and Practice programme at University of Galway examines emerging discourses surrounding the long-term health, use, and management of coastal and marine systems.Through lectures, workshops, ship time, field work, and independent research, MSc students are challenged to:

  • Develop competencies in principal biogeochemical processes and ocean circulation patterns, including the role of climate, which shape our coasts and marine environments;

  • Gain experience in methodologies and data collection techniques through field-based research to describe coastal and marine systems as well as document their change over time;

  • Critically analyse how coastal and marine systems function and are used by communities and economic sectors;

  • Evaluate plans and policies that address the complex relationships between coastal and marine environments and communities;

  • Assess how well policies and legislation work to ensure long-term ecosystem sustainability and mitigate negative impacts on coastal communities and economic sectors. 


With coastal and marine resources increasingly promoted as being central to revitalising the Irish economy, the coming years will require well-informed and educated leaders who understand the complexities of the interaction between the economy and health of these environments. This should present graduates of this course with opportunities across various fields (coastal and marine science, environment, politics, planning, NGOs, local and regional agencies, research agencies, research laboratories and programmes, etc.). Placement opportunities offer practical work experience that will enhance career prospects.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biodiversity and Coastal Change
  • Dynamics of Climate Change
  • Research Methods and Mapping
  • Coastal Processes and Landform
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Level 8 degree, Second Class Honours or equivalent, with Second Class Honours Grade 1 or equivalent in a relevant field of study. Selection is based on candidates’ academic record at undergraduate level, statement of intent and academic letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16540 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6850 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6850 EUR per year during 12 months.

EU: €3,460 part-time

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 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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