About This Course
Biology - Marine Biology Conversion Programme
6 Months Part-time
Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
Currently open for EU applications
Non-EU Closing Date
30 May 2023
11 September 2023
The Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Biology (Conversion Programme) is a six month 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.
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:
- BL6012 Marine Megafauna (10 credits)
- BL6016 Marine Ecology and Conservation (10 Credits)
- BL6019 Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
- BL6026 Introductory Quantitative Skills for Biologists using R
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 6 months.
This part time 30 credit programme will run from September to the end of March. Two modules (BL6012 and BL6016) will run from September to December with examinations in December and two modules (BL6019 and BL6065) will run until 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.
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.
Why Choose This Course
Skills and Careers Information
As well as a number of professionally certified courses that will be provided throughout the course, students will also gain a variety of technical skills associated with research and computer skills (GIS in particular). Many transferable skills are also fostered through different learning approaches, including critical thinking, problem solving, report writing, oral presentations, statistical analysis, independent research and time management.
- Candidates must have at least a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in any discipline.
For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
- Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements
Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Vsit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €2,880.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €5,800.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please contact the Fees Office.
Please note there is a €500 non-refundable deposit payable on acceptance for this programme.
How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.
- For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
- Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.
2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
- Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.
3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
- Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 May 2023Apply Now