Structured PhD: Marine Sciences

General information

Research in the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway can be carried out through separate discipline pathways (mainly but not exclusively Physics, Botany, Zoology and Earth and Ocean Sciences). The Ryan Institute pathway covers topics more strongly associated with the cross discipline and cross-College Ryan Institute or with staff not assigned to a discipline.

The primary areas of research interest are currently with the biodiversity and bioresources cluster, particularly:

  • Environmental Management & Conservation. Marine conservation, sustainable harvesting planning and management.
  • Biodiversity: Patterns & Processes. Species distributions, marine population dynamics, community structure.
  • Aquaculture, Biotechnology, & Biodiscovery. Research to support biodiscovery and aquaculture.

Current projects are in biodiversity, aquaculture, fish population dynamics, intertidal ecology, zooplankton, deep sea research, habitat mapping, conservation, marine foods and biodiscovery.

Contact Person: Mark Johnson (


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", "0831 - Aquaculture", "0831 - Fisheries


Venue: National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland

College of Science, 
Ryan Institute



EU students: €5,750 p.a. 2018/19
Non-EU stuedents: €14,750 p.a. 2018/19.

Information about postgraduate scholarships provided by NUI Galway can be found here.



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:

For postgraduate courses, click here to make your application. You will need an active email account to use the website and you'll be guided through the system, step by step, until you complete the online form. Browse the FAQ's section for further guidance. The cost of applying is €35 and is a non-refundable application fee.

You must upload to your application electronically. For supporting documents, you will be given instructions on this once you submit your application. However, you can see online in advance what supporting documents you're likely to be asked for.


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

You can submit your application at any time. You should allow at least four weeks, from the date we receive your application, to when you can expect to receive notification of whether you have been offered a place on a research programme. 

All application information can be found here

Grant Opportunities:

Information about postgraduate scholarships provided by NUI Galway can be found here.


Academic level: PhD
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