Structured PhD (Earth & Ocean Sciences) full-time

College of Science,
School of Natural Sciences

Course overview


All PhD students in the College of Science will enrol in a Structured PhD:

Short summary of the research area.

Biogeoscience Group
Studies of the Irish sea floor and marine—groundwater interactions.

Geofluids Group
Investigations into the role of fluids in the mineralogical, chemical, and structural evolution of the Earth's crust.

Magmatic Studies Group
Investigations into the petrogenesis of magmatic and related rocks.

Oceanography Group
Studying physical, chemical and biological interactions inthe oceans.

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

Group leader links:


Programmes available

Structured PhD, full-time

Entry requirements

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.

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


PAC code


Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2014/15


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Anna Rengstorf profile
Anna Rengstorf
PhD, Earth and Ocean Sciences

“I am developing predictive models to understand and map deep-sea coral reef distribution as a tool for conservation and ecosystem-based management in Irish waters. I am a biologist by training, have a MSc degree in tropical marine ecology and am a passionate marine conservationist. I hope that the results of my PhD project will contribute to the establishment of effective conservation measures to protect the highly vulnerable deep-sea coral reefs from destructive human activities such as bottom trawling.

The conservation-based PhD project at NUI Galway was my first choice, mainly because of its interdisciplinary nature, its involvement in a large European project, and the fact that I could collect my own data during several research expeditions. We know more about the moon than we know about the deep sea, so exploring the unknown species and habitats of our deep oceans is a truly exciting research area.

For me, collecting deep-sea data using state-of-the-art technology national and international research vessels is
the most engaging and fun aspect. Besides spending a considerable amount of time conducting ship-based fieldwork in the north-east Atlantic, I also travelled several times a year to participate in training courses, meetings and workshops, and to present my work at international conferences.”