Structured PhD in Earth & Ocean Sciences

General information


  1. Biogeoscience Group: studies of the Irish sea floor and marine—groundwater interactions. 
  2. Geofluids Group: investigations into the role of fluids in the mineralogical, chemical, and structural evolution of the Earth's crust.
  3. Magmatic Studies Group: investigations into the petrogenesis of magmatic and related rocks.
  4. Oceanography Group: studying physical, chemical and biological interactions inthe oceans.

Areas of interest:

  • Physical habitat mapping 
  • Caledonian/Variscan geology 
  • Other geological topics 
  • Marine geophysics 
  • Land-based geophysics 
  • Hydrogeology 
  • Physical oceanography 
  • Chemical oceanography
  • Palaeontology and Evolution
  • Carbonate Sedimentology
  • Metals in Groundwater
  • Coastal Karstic Aquifers
  • Integrated catchment management
  • Sedimentary Provenance (new techniques and applications)
  • “Source to Sink” modelling of sedimentary basins
  • Evolution of modern and ancient large-scale drainage systems
  • Climate records in sedimentary archives
  • Ocean acidification
  • Carbon cycling in coastal waters
  • Trace element cycling in coastal waters
Contact Person: Prof Peter Croot (


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

0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0312 - Policy and governance


Venue: National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland

College of Science, 
School of Natural Sciences



EU students: €4,529 p.a. inclusive of levy
Non-EU students: €13,750 p.a.

For more information see: Tuition Fees.


To be eligible to enter on a programme of study and research for the degree of PhD you must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of your fitness.

Application Procedure:

You can apply online for a postgraduate course, using the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). PAC manages postgraduate applications for NUI Galway but the University makes all decisions on admissions to its programmes. The cost of applying is €50 and is a non-refundable application processing fee, payable to PAC. Most supporting documents you can upload to your PAC application electronically. You should post all supporting documentation (e.g. birth certificate, CV) relevant to your application (specifying the PAC application number you will be assigned) to: 

Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, Ireland

Applicants must speak to the research group leader before applying though PAC.

You can submit your application at any time.


Academic level: PhD
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