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Biology - Marine Biology Conversion Programme PG Cert

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Course Code: CKU14 Part-time

Course Title: Biology - Marine Biology Conversion Programme

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Biology - Marine Biology Conversion Programme

Duration: 6 months Part-time

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 6 months.

Qualifications: PG Cert

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: Irish/EU Fee - €2,750 for the academic year 2017/18

2017 Entry Requirements: Candidates must have at least a 2H1 Honours degree in any discipline.

Closing Date: Applications now closed 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018

Overview

Please note there is a €500 non-refundable deposit payable on acceptance for this 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.

Course Details

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)

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

  • Describe key marine flora and fauna, the marine environment and its biological and physical properties and processes;
  • Define the roles of management and conservation across the marine environment;
  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in this course in the working environment enabling the development of policy

Students take four taught modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:

  • BL6010 Characteristics of the Marine Environment (5 credits)
  • BL6012 Marine Megafauna (10 credits)
  • BL6016 Marine Ecology and Conservation (10 Credits)
  • BL6019 Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)

Detailed Entry Requirements

Candidates must have at least a 2H1 Honours degree in any discipline.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Course Practicalities

This part time 30 credit programme will run from September to the end of March. Three modules (BL6010, BL6012 and BL6019) will run from September to December with examinations in December and one module (BL6016) will run from mid- January to the end of February with an examination at the end of February. There will be continuous assessment associated with all four modules on the programme and it is expected that students will also need to do significant reading of texts and scientific journals in their own time during the programme to show their wider knowledge of the subject matter.

Assessment

This part time 30 credit programme will run two days a week from September to the end of February. Three modules (BL6010, BL6012 and BL6019) will run from September to December with examinations in December and one module (BL6016) will run from mid-January to the end of February with an examination at the end of February. There will be continuous assessment associated with all four modules on the programme and it is expected that students will also need to do significant reading of texts and scientific journals in their own time during the programme to show their wider knowledge of the subject matter.

Who Teaches This Course

The core teaching team on this course are from the School of BEES and include researchers with expertise in marine mammal biology, fisheries and aquaculture, intertidal and subtidal ecology, seabird ecology, marine conservation, shellfish disease and immunology. The core team are supported by occasional visiting and guest lecturers.

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