Course Overview

This Master of Science (MSc) course provides you with the crucial skills and knowledge needed to manage biodiversity resources sustainably. The programme’s objectives are:

  • To integrate an international perspective and new research findings into a biodiversity and land use approach
  • To provide research-led opportunities that will help find solutions for conservation and planning conflicts
  • To develop expertise within local authority and public/private sector staff so they can meet international biodiversity and conservation obligations

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Dr Caitriona Carlin PhD
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

Requirements and Assessment

Continuous assessment, written exams and a research project thesis.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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.

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting




PAC code


Course Outline

This part-time course extends over 24 months and runs in two-year cycles continuously from September through to the end of August of the second year. The modular course is devoted to scientific and policy coursework delivered in a blended learning format, comprising a mixture of face-to-face contact (approximately 12–15 hours per module) in addition to private study combined with online support. Students are expected to carry out both individual and group projects and to prepare written reports and oral presentations on relevant subjects.

The programme has been jointly developed with Galway County Council. It is designed to enhance the skills of local authorityand private consultancy staff and to help to ensure compliance with the Habitats Directive’s requirements. The programme assists in meeting such legal obligations as Strategic Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments, and Appropriate Assessments.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Our obligations to protect the environment under EU legislation mean that this course will play a pivotal role for those currently working in or who wish to enter the planning or engineering professions in local government or as private consultants. Graduates of this course will ensure that governments, local authorities and private consultancies will help implement sustainable policies that contribute to economic recovery while managing limited biodiversity resources.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,815 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€6,591 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17



Find out More

Dr Gesche Kindermann
Course co-ordinator
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