Marine Summer School

International Marine Summer School

The Irish Marine Environment

JUNE 14 – JULY 13, 2012

Ireland is situated on the gateway to the North Atlantic with easy access to pristine, deep water marine habitats and varied majestic coastlines. The country has a rich cultural heritage with strong connections to the sea. The Irish Marine Summer School is a new and innovative offering from the Ireland Marine Partnership Program which provides quality multidisciplinary training courses for students of marine-related sciences. The School is unique in providing access to training on state of the art research vessels from Ireland’s Marine Institute.


The Summer School courses are accredited by two premier marine research Universities in Ireland. While it is possible to attend one course, it is highly recommended that students enrol in both to achieve the full benefit of training in the diverse environments of the west and south of Ireland and to avail of the wide range of research and training opportunities along the Irish coastline. By attending both courses over a four week period, participants will have the opportunity to interact closely with expert marine scientists, professionals and naval personnel and will gain first hand experience of research at sea and the analysis and interpretation of marine data.

EV3011: The Marine Environment and its Sustainable Use.

Dates: June 14 – 28, 2012

Directors: Dr. John Benzie and Dr. Andrew Wheeler, University College Cork

Location: South Coast of Ireland

Cork is the site of one of the largest natural harbours in the world, close to the spectacular coastlines of southern Ireland, the site of novel research in marine resources and renewable energy, near the location of the historic wreck of the Lusitania and the last port of call of the Titanic. The module offers students the opportunity to study the rich marine environment of the region in the context of understanding the nature of marine resources, how these are impacted, and the ways in which these can be sustainably used.


Students will gain experience of maritime practice in state ofthe art, 360 degree ship and ocean simulators, and in Personal Survival Techniques (PST) in the environmental pool, at the National Maritime College of Ireland, prior to participating in amultidisciplinary study of local marine environments. This will encompass marine geology, marine biology, fisheries, oceanography, environmental law, ocean management and marine renewable energies.

Students will gain a practical knowledge of multidisciplinary marine data collection and learn how marine resources are used locally. Fieldtrips will explore the natural history, marine and cultural heritage of the region. This will include visits to mussel and fish farms on the south coast, to historical Irish coastal towns and villages, and mapping the wreck of the Lusitania.


1. Methods of biological and geological resource assessment
2. Fisheries and aquaculture
3. Governance, legal frameworks and spatial planning
4. Renewable ocean energies
5. Shipping, communications and safety at sea


SU416: Galway Bay's Atlantic Margin: Marine, Earth Science and Cultural Perspectives.

Dates: June 29 – July 13, 2012

Directors: Dr. Martin Feely and Dr. Martin White, National University of Ireland Galway

Location: Galway Bay and its hinterland

This course will involve a comprehensive geoscientific, marine, cultural and historical study of Galway Bay. Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland boasts spectacular glacial landscapes and seascapes together with many accessible offshore islands surrounded by the pristine waters of the North Atlantic. The Galway Bay course offers students the opportunity to study the geological and oceanographic processes that have shaped the natural landscape. The rich maritime and cultural heritage of this region will be explored through its archaeology, history, literature, poetry and music associations.


They will participate in a multifaceted marine survey of Galway Bay. Onshore and island fieldtrips will explore the natural history and archaeology of the region including a visit to the unique Cliffs of Moher and the Connemara and Burren landscapes. Literature, poetry and music traditions of the region will be celebrated and explored using key locations in the Bay area for lectures and cultural fieldtrips.


1. Go to sea and record the physical and chemical characteristics of the Bay area
2. Visit the Aran Islands and view their early Christian settlements
3. Explore Galway Bay’s spectacular geological landscapes
and read their stories
4. Interact with the music, poetry, literature and archaeology
of the region
5. Engage with researchers in Carna’s Marine Research Station

Academic direction of the Summer School will be provided jointly by NUI Galway and University College Cork. Students will be registered at both Universities.
Teaching will be by means of lectures, seminars and guided discussions. Practical fieldwork and marine based research will be a central feature of the programme. A combination of lectures and sea-going and terrestrial fieldtrips around Galway Bay, Cork Harbour and the surrounding coasts will allow for student participation at all levels. PST training is undertaken in an indoor environmental pool. (If for any reason a person is unable to undertake the PST course, there is an opt-out alternative.) Students will gain first-hand experience of maritime practice onboard the marine research vessel, RV Celtic Voyager.

A number of partner academic and research Institutions are also involved in contributing to this Summer School initiative.

These include:

  • Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
  • National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)
Faculty will be mainly from NUI Galway, University College Cork and the Irish Marine Institute. Guest lecturers from Cork Institute of Technology, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and the National Maritime College of Ireland will also contribute to the courses.

Each course carries 10 ECTS Credits/5 Semester Hour Credits at undergraduate level. (Level 8, Irish National Framework of Qualifications). Total credits offered for the 4-week Summer School is 20 ECTS/10 Semester Hour Credits.  

Accreditation for each course will be awarded, and transcripts will be issued, by the host institution. For students who successfully complete both courses, a Certificate of Completion will be issued jointly by the two accrediting Universities. Successful completion of PST training in Course 1 (code) also leads to the award of an internationally recognised (STCW95) maritime qualification, required for work on offshore research vessels.

Bed and breakfast accommodation will be arranged at local guesthouses in Cork and Galway for each course.

As part of the programme, a range of tours and social events will be organised to sites and venues in West Cork and West Galway.

Programme Details

  • Dates:

Course 1: June 14 – 28, 2012 (Cork)
Course 2: June 29 – July 13, 2012 (Galway)

  •  Credits:

10 ECTS Credits/5 Semester Credits per course.
Plus PST (STCW95) certification.

  • Tuition and Fees:

€2,500 (Euro) per course

  • Accommodation:

€500 (15 nights on B/B basis)
Enrolment Deadline: April 23, 2012

To register, please complete enclosed enrolment form.

For further information applicants should contact:

Fiona Dwyer,
Administrator, Summer School Office
National University of Ireland, Galway
Telephone: 353-91-495442 • Fax: 353-91-525051

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