Bachelor of Science (Marine Science)

College of Science

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Marine Science

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Studying Marine Science

Course overview

Marine Science encompasses the study of marine life and environments, how they are formed and evolve, and how they are affected by human activity. Topics covered in this programme include marine biology, earth science, chemistry and experimental physics, mathematics, statistics, oceanography, meteorology, botany, geology and microbiology.

The degree in Marine Science is a four-year degree leading to a BSc (Hons). At the end of the degree, you will have improved your knowledge about the marine environment and will have developed your thinking and practical and personal skills, enabling you to undergo further academic training in a wide variety of scientific disciplines or begin your career. Marine Science is a broad area and the programme aims to help you find what speciality you prefer to study by introducing the subject in a general way at first and allowing you to follow your particular interests later on.

At present, NUI Galway is the only Irish university offering this degree programme and it now has the highest concentration of marine scientists of any institution in Ireland. Research ranges from fundamental understanding of the marine ecosystem to very applied activities involving close co-operation with industry and state agencies. The 3,000 square metre Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute houses most of the teaching and research activity in Marine Sciences at the university. MRI Carna carries out applied research in Carna, County Galway.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 410 - 525

A Level Grades (2013): BBB (A level) & c (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 33

Course outline

Year 1

  • Biology
  • Introduction to Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Chemistry/Physics

Plus one of the following:

  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

Year 2

  • Introduction to Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • One of: Sediments and the Biosphere or Applied Statistics

Plus two of the following:

  • Botany
  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Applied Mathematical Science
  • Zoology

Year 3

  • Introduction to Marine Ecology
  • Marine Geoscience

Plus one of the following:

  • Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematical Science

Year 4

  • Advanced Topics in Marine Science

Plus one of the following:

  • Marine Microbial Processes
  • Marine Zoology
  • Marine Plant Science
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography

Further education

Honours BSc Marine Science graduates can pursue higher degrees in a wide range of related disciplines.

Find out more

College of Science
T 353 (0)91 492126
E marinescience@nuigalway.ie
mri.nuigalway.ie/courses.html

CAO code

GY310

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €4,518 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Fees:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Ruairi MacNamara

BSc (Marine Science)

"...I recently graduated from NUI Galway with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Science and am now studying for a PhD in the Department of Zoology at NUI Galway. The Marine Science course at NUI Galway offers students a broad knowledge of scientific disciplines related to the marine environment, through class work, practical/laboratory work, and field trips. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an undergrad at NUI Galway, making some lifelong friends through the course and through the various clubs and societies I joined..."