Choosing a course is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make! View our courses and see what our students and lecturers have to say about the courses you are interested in at the links below.
Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
- Business & Industry
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Marine Sciences (Structured PhD)
Group leader links: www.ryaninstitute.ie/research/biodiversity-and-bioresources/
All PhD students in the College of Science will enroll in a Structured PhD: www.nuigalway.ie/science/rgroups.html
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.
Structured PhD, full-time.
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
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.
Who’s Suited to This Course
Current research projects
Current funded research opportunity
Related Student Organisations
Find a Supervisor / PhD Project
If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search
Current projects are in biodiversity, aquaculture, fish population dynamics, intertidal ecology, zooplankton, deep sea research, habitat mapping, conservation, marine foods and biodiscovery.
Mark Johnson joined NUI Galway from Queen’s University Belfast in 2008. His research interests have been on marine ecology—particularly the role of spatial processes in the structure of populations and communities. This leads to a number of applied areas such as conservation, biodiversity mapping, assessments of sustainable harvests and contributions to marine management. More recently the research group has expanded to include aquaculture and research to support themes in functional foods and biodiscovery.
Anna Soler: Seaweed research, integrated multitrophic aquaculture
Svenja Heesh: Algal taxonomy and biodiscovery
Maeve Edwards: Seaweed aquaculture, integrated multitrophic aquaculture