Welcome to Zoology

Zoology at NUI Galway is a dynamic and broad discipline.  Staff members’ research in ecology, evolution and natural products focuses on a whole range of animals: sponges, jellies, corals, lobsters, barnacles, insects, octopuses, sharks, squirrels and pine martens to name a few! We are engaged in theoretical and applied research, solving problems in diverse fields such as eel conservation, wet-setting glue, invasive species, climate change and ecosystem function, using cutting edge equipment and techniques including acoustic and satellite-tracking tags, remotely operated vehicles and next generation sequencing.

We offer an undergraduate degree in Zoology through the Science (GY301) pathway, and contribute modules in Zoology to degrees in Environmental Science (GY308), Marine Science (GY310), and Earth and Ocean Sciences (GY314).  Our emphasis on practical classes combined with sound theoretical knowledge leads to highly skilled graduates.  Our Zoology graduates find diverse employment including in conservation, environmental management, in molecular labs, in aquaculture, and by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Irish Fisheries Board, Teagasc, and the Marine Institute. Graduates may also use their skills creatively to become science journalists, wildlife illustrators or teachers.

We have a vibrant postgraduate community in Zoology, with students from six continents currently registered for PhDs in Zoology.  Most of our postgraduate students choose to take 4-year structured PhD courses, but Research Masters (one or two years) can also be selected.  Students interested in pursuing postgraduate research should visit the Zoology Postgraduate pages for more details on research topics and sources of funding.

Contact Information

Zoology Department

National University of Ireland,
Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0)91 492323; Fax:+353 91 750526 
E-mail: Zoology Department