(MSc) Biodiversity & Land-Use Planning via distance learning

College of Science
School of Natural Sciences

Course overview

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.

Programme Objectives: 

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.

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.

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2013

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 15

Closing date:  Please refer to offer rounds/closing dates website.

Mode of study: Distance learning

Course outline

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

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

Find out more

Dr Gesche Kindermann
(Course Co-ordinator)
T: +353 91 493 863
E gesche.kindermann@nuigalway.ie

PAC code


Fees for this course

Industry profile

Martina Moloney student name

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."