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Structured PhD: Marine Sciences

PhD (ISCED 2011 level 8)


Duration 8 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost €5,750 p.a. 2020/21 EU, €14,750 p.a. 2020/21 Non-EU

Short summary of the research area:

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

 Important: Applicants must speak to the research group leader before applying via PAC. 

Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience

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.


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.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management