Postgraduate

MRes (MASTER OF RESEARCH) in Animal and Plant Science

General

The MRes in Animal and Plant Science is a full-time programme running over 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Applications will be accepted for a start date in October or January. The programme consists of (a) a major research thesis and (b) taught modules on generic and transferable skills, with an emphasis on scientific writing, oral presentations, and general research skills. Part-time study for this programme is not available.

Prospective students must talk to their proposed supervisor about possible project areas (see below) and have a project approved by interview with the supervisor and Head of Discipline prior to application via www.pac.ie (PAC code: CKS81).

MRes Animal and Plant Science Brochure

Prospective students should also consult the following guide to procedures relating to applying for the MRes Animal and Plant Science:

MRes Animal and Plant Science - Student guide to application process before entr

Students should consult the Fees office website for information on College and Bench Fees

W:  http://www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees

Programme Requirements

Students undertake a total workload equivalent to 90 credits over the 12-month programme, the principal element of which is the completion of a major research thesis of approximately 10,000 words. In parallel, students must take and pass taught modules to the value of 20 credits.

Students take 20 credits from the following available modules1:

BL6019 Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)

BL6024 Quantitative Skills for Biologists using R (10 credits)

BL4004 Frontiers in Biology (5 credits)

BL4005 Research Skills in Biology (5 credits)

BL4006 Food Production (5 credits)

PS6001 Plant Genetic Engineering (5 credits)

PS4024 Crop Physiology and Climate Change (5 credits)

PS4021 Environmentally Protective Management of Plant Pests and Pathogens (5 credits)

Notes:

• 1Students may elect to take other, relevant modules (subject to availability) that are offered by the University that are not listed above to fulfil the elective requirement with approval from the MRes coordinator, research supervisor and Head of School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Students will also undertake independent research towards completion of a research thesis to a student workload equivalent of 70 credits on a selected topic in Animal or Plant Science. 

See also Regulations for Submission and Examination of Research Masters Degrees.

 

MRes Research Projects:

Supervisor

Project

Barbara Doyle-Prestwich

Ongoing MRes project opportunities are available in the ares of biotechnology and sustainable agriculture.  Barbara has a particular interest in the use of biotech tools for crop improvement, and has recently been invloved in research methods using CRISPR.  She also has an interest in plant-microbe interactions.  Please contact Barbara directly to discuss project opportunities in these areas.

Eoin Lettice

The role of biochar as a sustainable soil amendment.  

Used as a soil amendment, there is evidence that biochar can benefit soil biology, control soil-borne pathogens and increase crop yields by making nutrients available for plant growth.  Utilising a long-term biochar experimental system at BEES, this project will assess the impact of biochar on plant growth and soil diversity.

Astrid Wingler

Use of Brachypodium sylvaticum as a model for growth regulation in perennial forage grasses.

The aim of the project is to establish B. sylvaticum as a model for growth regulation in perennial grasses. Physiological and metabolic parameters will be determined at different temperatures in a range of B. sylvaticum accessions from various geographic origins. The expression of genes involved in cold acclimation and metabolism will be determined. Dependent on the interest of the student, it is also possible to establish protocols for tissue culture and transformation. The project is suitable for students with an interest in plant science or molecular biology/genetics.

Astrid Wingler

Life history variation in grass species.

Grasses have a large variety of life histories, with annuals and long-lived perennials often found in the same genus. While annuals show predominantly ruderal strategies with high investment in reproduction, grain production is lower in perennials which invest resources for survival under stress conditions. Trade-offs between growth, reproduction and survival will be explored in con-generic grass species to identify how limitations of grain production can be overcome e.g. for breeding perennial grain crops. The project is suitable for students with an interest in plant science or ecology

Astrid Wingler

Autumn phenology – monitoring leaf senescence in response to climate change and light pollution.

Autumn senescence limits the extent of photosynthetic carbon fixation and thus carbon sequestration by trees. However, while extensive knowledge is available for the effect of climate change on leafing in spring, there is a lack of understanding how autumn senescence is affected by climate change. Shortening days in autumn may constrain the ability of trees to delay senescence in response to warmer temperatures. Aim of the project is to investigate

how this limitation may be overcome by light pollution in urban habitats. The project is suitable for students with an interest in plant science, ecology or environmental biology.

 

Programme Learning Outcomes for MRes (Master of Research) in Animal and Plant Science (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Carry out an independent and original research project to address an emerging question in Animal or Plant Science. 
  • Prepare and write a dissertation of their research project in a critical, logical and systematic manner, in keeping with the standards of postgraduate research.
  • Display advanced theoretical knowledge and practical understanding within a research area of Animal or Plant Science.
  • Understand the basis and application of field and laboratory methods used in Animal and Plant Science and a knowledge of their limitations
  • Avail of relevant workshops or modules to increase scientific technical skills (e. g. biostatistics).
  • Source, review, critically assess and evaluate relevant primary literature and summarize material for presentation to peers and for inclusion within the research dissertation.
  • Design, write and defend a scientific research proposal based on their current research topic or a proposed topic.
  • Evaluate their skill set and identify skills that should be acquired.
  • Develop professional practice skills including team-work, negotiation, time-management, scientific writing and oral communication

MRes (MASTER OF RESEARCH) in Geological Sciences

MRes Geological Sciences Brochure

General

The MRes in Geological Sciences is a full-time programme running over 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Applications will be accepted for a start date in October or January. The programme consists of (a) a major research thesis and (b) taught modules on generic and transferable skills, with an emphasis on scientific writing, oral presentations, and general research skills. Part-time study for this programme is not available.

Prospective students are advised to contact the Programme Coordinator (Prof. Andy Wheeler a.wheeler@ucc.ie  in advance of application via www.pac.ie (PAC code CKS82) to discuss possible project areas.

Students should consult the Fees office website for information on EU and Non-EU College and Bench Fees

W:  http://www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees

 

Programme Requirements

Students undertake a total workload equivalent to 90 credits over the 12 month programme, the principal element of which is the completion of a major research thesis of approximately 25,000 words. In parallel, students must take and pass taught modules to the value of 20 credits.

Students take 20 credits from the following available modules:

GL6020 Hydrogeology, Contaminated Land and Assessment

GL6021 Engineering Geology

GL6022 Environmental Planning and Regulation

GL6023 Offshore Environmental Geology

GL6024 Applied Geophysics

GL6025 Geoinformatics for Environmental Geology

GL6026 Field Geology Techniques

GL6027 Industry Case Studies

GL4002 Petroleum Geology and Basin Analysis (5 credits)

GL4003 Applied Geophysics (5 credits)

GL4004 Advanced Igneous Processes (5 credits)

GL4011 Economic Geology (5 credits)

GL4024 Exceptional Glimpses of Ancient Life (5 credits)

GL4027 Geochemistry (5 credits)

Notes:   

  • 1Students may elect to take other, relevant modules (subject to availability) that are offered by the University that are not listed above to fulfil the elective requirement with approval from the MRes coordinator, research supervisor and Head of School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science.

Students will also undertake independent research towards completion of a research thesis to a student workload equivalent of 70 credits on a selected topic in Geological Science. 

MRes Research Projects

Supervisor

Project

Ed Jarvis

Palynology and palynofacies of the Booley Bay Formation of Co.Wexford.  This project will focus on the palynofacies, palynogy, sedimentology and Palaeoenvironments of the Cambrian Booley Bay Formation in Co. Wexford.    Nearshore/offshore trends will be determined using quantitative palynofacies analysis, this will greatly aid the understanding of the Palaeoenvironments that the Edicarian biota were present in. This is the youngest record of the Edicarian biota worldwide, this palaeoenvironmental analysis would greatly increase our understanding of the Edicarians last refuge.

   

Ed Jarvis

Palaeoenvironments recorded in the Lias of Northern Ireland.  This project will involve sedimentological, palynofacies, microfossils and macrofossil analysis of the Lias sections in Northern Ireland in order to determine the palaeoenvironmental trends in the sequence. Two principle section, Waterlooville and White Park Bay will be logged and sampled for detailed investigation in the lab. This study will establish the nature of the Lias environments recorded including near shore/offshore trends and patterns of sea floor redox levels.

   

Maria McNamara

Taphonomy of insects in the Daohuguo Konservat-Lagerstätte (Jurassic, Inner Mongolia).  The Daohuguo biota is a major source of information on the diversity of insects during the Mesozoic, but its taphonomy has not been investigated. As a result, the fidelity of the biological information preserved by the biota – e.g. on palaeodiversity, faunal changes through time, preservation of key features e.g. colour patterning, etc. – is unknown. This project involves characterising the sedimentological setting of the biota by the analysis of thin sections using light- and scanning electron microscopy, the construction of sedimentary logs and the analysis of hundreds of sedimentological and fossiliferous hand specimens of sediments from the Lagerstätte. The quality of preservation of numerous fossil specimens will be assessed and analysed using statistical methods.

   

Pat Meere

Characterising deformation in unconsolidated sediments.  (Pat Meere and Kieran Mulchrone, School of Maths)  Techniques and criteria to recognise and measure deformation in unconsolidated sediments are still rather limited and primarily concerned with clast fabric analysis.  Existing techniques assume that clasts behave like rigid objects immersed in a viscous fluid (Jeffery, 1922).  Preliminary experimental studies on natural glacial tills have indicated that clasts tend not to follow true Jeffery behaviour and tend not to orbit through the shear plane.  It is our view that using a 3D Jeffery model with a varying component of pure sheart across the shear plane will best approximate sub-glacial deformation conditions in diamict tills.     

Objective 1: Apply existing numerical modelling software to identifying a series of diagnostic parameters for Jeffery-type deformation in object populations.              

Objective 2: Carry out physical analogue modelling to simulate deformation of unconsolidated sediments.                                                                                              

Objective 3: Use criteria validated from the first two objectives to identify sub-glacial deformation at sites where existing evidence for such deformation is not conclusive.

   

Pat Meere

Early tectonic fabric development in sedimentary rocks.   This project will consist of a combined microstructural/petrological study on the initial development of penetrative tectonic fabrics in clastic sedimentary rocks.  The study will primarily focus on fabric development in the Irish Variscan foreland.

   

John Reavy

Petrological and structural mapping of the Fanad Lineament, Co. Donegal.  Detailed petrographic and structural mapping will investigate the role this structure played in siting, ascent and emplacement of the Fanad granite. Fieldwork will involve granitoid facies mapping, microstructural analysis and kinematic evaluation. 

  

See also Regulations for Submission and Examination of Research Masters Degrees.

Programme Learning Outcomes for MRes (Master of Research) in Geological Science (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Carry out an independent and original research project to address an emerging question in Geological Sciences. 
  • Prepare and write a dissertation of their research project in a critical, logical and systematic manner, in keeping with the standards of postgraduate research.
  • Display advanced theoretical knowledge and practical understanding within a research area of Geological Science.
  • Understand the basis and application of field and laboratory methods used in Geological Science and a knowledge of their limitations
  • Avail of relevant workshops or modules to increase scientific technical skills
  • Source, review, critically assess and evaluate relevant primary literature and summarize material for presentation to peers and for inclusion within the research dissertation.
  • Design, write and defend a scientific research proposal based on their current research topic or a proposed topic.
  • Evaluate their skill set and identify skills that should be acquired.
  • Develop professional practice skills including team-work, negotiation, time-management, scientific writing and oral communication.

MRes (MASTER OF RESEARCH) in Environmental Science

MRes in Environmental Science Brochure

 

Prospective students are advised to contact the Programme Coordinator Dr. Tim Sullivan (E: timothy.sullivan@ucc.ie   T: +353 (0) 21 490 4662)  in advance of application via www.pac.ie (PAC code CKS83) to discuss possible project areas.

 

Students should consult the Fees office website for information on EU and Non-EU College and Bench Fees
UCC Graduate Studies Office
T: +353 (0) 21 490 2365
E: fees@fin.ucc.ie
W: http://www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees

 

Application Information
UCC Graduate Studies Office
T: +353 (0) 21 490 2876
E: graduatestudies@ucc.ie
W: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/

 

Postgraduate Cert. in Marine Biology (Conversion Programme)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology (Conversion Programme) is a part-time programme running from September to March for graduates from non-biological or environmental disciplines unable to meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto the MSc in Marine Biology programme. Students successfully passing all modules will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology. Those wishing to progress onto the MSc in Marine Biology must obtain an aggregate of at least 60% to be eligible to transfer onto the Master’s programme in the following academic year and will hold exemptions in passed modules taken in the Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology if she/he applies for the Master's in Marine Biology within 5 years from the date of successful completion of the Certificate Examinations.

For more details, see PG cert Marine Biology conversion programme.

MSc Marine Biology

MSc Marine Biology Brochure

The MSc Marine Biology aims to train graduates in multiple areas of marine biology and equip them with professional certificates in Sea Survival, Powerboat Handling, Marine Radio and First Aid as well as necessary field skills.

The areas of marine biology covered in this master’s course include fisheries and aquaculture, genetics, marine ecology and conservation, marine mammals and ecological aspects of Geographic Information System (GIS). In addition, the course has a significant field work component including ship work as well as survey and sampling techniques training. This course, run entirely by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork, will provide an understanding of these various disciplines and skills needed in order to meet the growing demand for trained marine biologists at home and abroad.

 

For details of this Masters course, please see Marine Biology

MSc Applied Environmental Geology

 

MSc Applied Environmental Geology Brochure

 

For further information email Programme Co-ordinator Dr Pat Meere (E: p.meere@ucc.ie T:+353 21 4904576)


For information on the Application Procedure
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +353 -21 -4902876/3241
Email: postgrad@ucc.ie
Web: http://www.ucc.ie/postgraduate


Pac Code: CKR53 full-time, CKR54 part-time.

PGDip Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment

https://www.ucc.ie/en/gemscdc/postgraduatediploma/

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K

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