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Biodiversity & Land-Use Planning (MSc)
(MSc) Biodiversity & Land-Use Planning via blended learning
College of Science
School of Natural Sciences
This 24-month course aims to provide participants with crucial skills, knowledge and experience that are needed to pursue successful careers in managing biodiversity resources sustainably while complying with international legislation.
a. To integrate an international perspective to reflect new research findings and current practice in biodiversity and land use planning that can be applied within Ireland and elsewhere.
b. To provide research-led learning opportunities that will develop skills in identifying solutions for real world nature conservation and land use planning conflicts.
c. To develop expertise within local authority, competent authority and public / private sector staff to meet international obligations relating to biodiversity and conservation.
The programme is open to individuals who have obtained a Level 8 primary degree or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline. Students who do not have an academic background but have relevant experience may also apply.
2 years, part-time
Next start date: September 2015
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 15
Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.
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Who teaches this course?
Dr Eve Daly PhD
Professor Martin Feely PhD
Dr Mike Gormally PhD
Dr Ronan Hennessy, PhD
Mr Tiernan Henry MSc
Dr Gesche Kindermann PhD
Ms Elaine O’ Riordan MSc
Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington PhD
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County Manager, Galway County Council
"Galway County Council has worked with NUI Galway on the development of this part-time MSc Programme. It is designed to meet an identified training need. Through a blend of applied learning approaches, it will enhance the skills of existing Local Authority staff and help ensure compliance with the requirements of the Habitats Directive in a professional and cost effective manner. It will assist with meeting legal obligations such as Strategic Environmental Assessment, Scoping and Appropriate Assessments."
Executive Planner, Dublin City Council
"Having completed the course I am now confident in undertaking a rigorous examination of the environmental and ecological aspects of development proposals and am familiar with the legislative requirements for the protection of biodiversity and the wider environment. I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in sustainable development and the planning process and consider it to be a valuable and key resource in my professional work."
Policy Officer, Birdwatch Ireland
"I did the MSc Biodiverisity and Land Use Planning at NUIG in 2011-3013. I had been looking for a course which was based on solid teaching in ecology but which also offered practical training in the various assessment tools (EIA, AA, SEA) and the MSc BLUP met these criteria and more. The course of study, assessment and examination is rigorous and requires commitment but the course content is so interesting, the field trips are great and the interaction with other class participants make for a very rewarding learning experience. I found the quality of teaching, the variety of assessment methods and the course organisation to be of a very high standard. This course gave me the foundation in environmental science that I needed to further my career in the environmental field."