Course Overview

Biogeoscience Group
Studies of the Irish sea floor and marine—groundwater interactions.

Geofluids Group
Investigations into the role of fluids in the mineralogical, chemical, and structural evolution of the Earth's crust.

Magmatic Studies Group
Investigations into the petrogenesis of magmatic and related rocks.

Oceanography Group
Studying physical, chemical and biological interactions in the oceans.

Important: Applicants must speak to the research group leader before applying.

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Programmes Available

MSc (full-time)
MSc (part-time)

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements


Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

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Work Placement

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Research Areas

    • Palaeontology and Evolution
    • Carbonate Sedimentology
    • Metals in Groundwater
    • Coastal Karstic Aquifers
    • Integrated catchment management
    • Sedimentary Provenance (new techniques and applications)
    • “Source to Sink” modelling of sedimentary basins
    • Evolution of modern and ancient large-scale drainage systems
    • Climate records in sedimentary archives
    • Ocean acidification
    • Carbon cycling in coastal waters
    • Trace element cycling in coastal waters
    • Physical habitat mapping 
    • Caledonian/Variscan geology
    • Marine geophysics
    • Land-based geophysics
    • Hydrogeology
    • Physical oceanography
    • Chemical oceanography

Researcher Profiles

  • Brown, Colin
  • Cave, Rachel
  • Daly, Eve
  • Feely, Martin
  • Henry, Tiernan
  • Murray, John
  • Ryan, Paul
  • White, Martin
  • Williams, Michael 

Research Fellows:

  • Baxter, Sadhbh
  • Grehan, Anthony
  • Morrison, Liam

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€15,000 p.a. (€15,140 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.