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Coastal & Marine Environments: Physical Processes, Policy & Practice

National University of Ireland, Galway

12 months
16300 EUR/year
6800 EUR/year
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The MSc in Coastal & Marine Environments: Physical Processes, Policy & Practice at National University of Ireland, 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.

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Coastal and marine environments are critical to local and national economies, support diverse habitats and communities, and provide a suite of ecosystem services. This field-intensive postgraduate Coastal & Marine Environments: Physical Processes, Policy & Practice programme at National University of Ireland, 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:

  • Engage scientifically and critically analyse how coastal and marine systems function and are used by communities;
  • 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 sectors.

Career Opportunities

Recent MSc Graduates have gone onto PhD programmes, as well as joining the professional workforce as: consultants, ecologists, teachers and instructors, researchers, and managers. Employers have included: the Marine Institute, Irish Lights, EPA Ireland, MaREI, NPWS, Environmental Consultancies, Public Outreach and Education, Industry and the Private Sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Field and Laboratory Methods
  • Coastal Processes and Landforms
  • Marine Spatial Planning and Policy
  • Dissertation (Research Paper)
  • Biodiversity and Coastal Change
  • Quaternary Coastal Change
  • Geographic Studies Abroad
  • Environment and Health
  • Geographic Research and Dissertation Abroad
  • Coastal Risk: management and prevention
  • Coastal Hazards
  • Reconstructing Marine Environments
  • The Tropical Ocean and Global Climate

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Completion of Undergraduate Degree (Level 8 or Equivalent) at Second Class Honours or Equivalent (+3.0 GPA). Selection is based on a review of candidate’s academic record at the undergraduate level, professional interests and goals, and level of relevant experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6800 EUR per year during 12 months.

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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