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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
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NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
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Environmental research is undertaken by a wide range of disciplines including Botany, Chemistry, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Microbiology, Physics and Zoology and these should be referred to for further detail. Research areas covered specifically by Environmental Science are given below.
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Candidates for the degree of PhD or MSc by research must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 [or equivalent international qualification] for an MSc) at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.
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- Determination of High Nature Value farmland in Ireland.
- Effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes in delivering biodiversity objectives.
- Biodiversity of upland farms in relation to differing farming practices.
- Climate change impacts on biodiversity.
- Ecological investigations of rare or endangered species including the Kerry Slug, Carabus clatratus (ground beetle), the otter.
- Use of terrestrial invertebrate species (Diptera, Carabidae, Arachnidae) as bioindicators of habitat quality.
- Investigation of the use of potential biological control of agricultural pests and diseases.
- Determination of optimum growing conditions of marsh flies (Diptera : Sciomyzidae) for use in the control of mollusc pests.
- Behavioural studies on the feeding behaviour of biological control agents.
- Effects of forestry practices on biodiversity.
- Sustainable management of protected coastal dune systems impacted by tourism.
- Grazing effects on upland habitats.
- Development of sustainable management practices for peatlands, fens, flood meadows and turloughs.
- Impacts of agriculture and urban development on wetland function.
- Peatland restoration and rehabilitation techniques.
- Waste management.
Fees: Non EU
EU Part time: Year 1 €3,826 (inclusive of student levy €140) p.a. 2022/23