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.

Students take four taught modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:

  • BL6012 Marine Megafauna (10 credits)
  • BL6016 Marine Ecology and Conservation (10 Credits)
  • BL6019 Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
  • BL6025 Innovation and Ocean Sustainability (5 credits)

This part time 30 credit programme will run from September to the end of March. Two modules (BL6012 and BL6016) will run from September to December with examinations in December and two modules (BL6019 and BL6025) will run from mid- January to the end of February with an examination at the end of February. 

The core teaching team on this course are from the School of BEES and include researchers with expertise in marine mammal biology, fisheries and aquaculture, intertidal and subtidal ecology, seabird ecology, marine conservation, shellfish disease and immunology. The core team are supported by occasional visiting and guest lecturers.


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


Venue: University College Cork
Cork, Ireland



The EU fee for this course is €2,750

The Non-EU fee for this course is €5,500

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January. Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

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

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at



Candidates must have at least a 2H1 Honours degree in any discipline.  If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.


Application Procedure:

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses.  Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

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

Please log into PAC for more details.

Applications for most courses open in early November of each year. For EU applicants, UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:Offers will be made:

  • For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019. Offers will be made by January 25th 2019
  • For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019. Offers will be made by March 15th 2019
  • For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019. Offers will be made by May 15th 2019
  • For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019. Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

For Non-EU applicants, information may be found on the International Office Website. The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June. 

Please use the web enquiry form if you have questions about how to apply.

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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