PG Cert Biology - Marine Biology Conversion Programme

General information

The Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology (Conversion Programme) is a part-time programme running from September to March for graduates from non-biological or environmental disciplines unable to meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto the MSc in Marine Biology programme. Students successfully passing all modules will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology.

Those wishing to progress onto the MSc in Marine Biology must obtain an aggregate of at least 60% to be eligible to transfer onto the Master’s programme in the following academic year and will hold exemptions in passed modules taken in the Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology if she/he applies for the Master's in Marine Biology within 5 years from the date of successful completion of the Certificate Examinations.

The programme runs two days a week from September to the end of February. Students take four taught modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:

  • Characteristics of the Marine Environment (5 credits)
  • Marine Megafauna (10 credits)
  • Marine Ecology and Conservation (10 Credits)
  • Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
Learning outcome:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding and integration of knowledge of marine flora and fauna, the marine environment and its biological and physical properties and processes;
  • Define the roles of management and conservation across the marine environment;
  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in this course in the working environment enabling the development of policy
Contact Person: Dr. Rob McAllen (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "05 - Natural sciences, mathematics and statistics


Venue: University College Cork
Cork, Ireland



2.500 € EU Fee

Please note there is a 500 € non-refundable deposit payable on acceptance for this programme.


Candidates must have at least a 2h1 Honours degree in any discipline and follow the language requirements of the UCC. All applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of Competence in English Language by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined here.

Application Procedure:

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institution other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested

If you cannot scan your documents and upload to your application, then copies of your documents may be posted to:

Postgraduate Applications Centre
1, Courthouse Square, Galway

Applications for 2016-17 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications and when Offers will be made:

  • For all completed applications received by January 15th 2016   Offers will be made by January 29th 2016
  • For all completed applications received by March 1st 2016   Offers will be made by March 15th 2016
  • For all completed applications received by May 3rd 2016   Offers will be made by May 17th 2016
  • For all completed applications received by July 1st 2016    Offers will be made by July 15th 2016

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places. 

Non-EU Applicants: Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Grant Opportunities:

Funding opportunities can be found here.


The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 6 months.


Academic level:


There will be continuous assessment associated with all four modules on the programme and it is expected that students will also need to do significant reading of texts and scientific journals in their own time during the programme to show their wider knowledge of the subject matter.

Qualification: Graduate Certificate

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