NUIG's MSc in Biodiversity and Land Use Planning, which runs every two years and starts again this September, is best described as a blended learning MSc. Students attend two full days of classes every five weeks while the rest is covered via distance learning
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NUIG’s MSc in Biodiversity and Land Use Planning, which runs every two years and starts again this September, is best described as a blended learning MSc. Effectively, it means that students attend two full days of class at NUIG every five weeks while the rest of the course is covered via distance learning.

In this students are fully supported: they are given a module handbook to work through, online reading material and a discussion forum to discuss relevant topics with their classmates and lecturers. Assessment will be through continuous assessment and exams, held on one day at the end of every semester.NUI-2

This is a two-year course, during which students cover 12 taught modules. In addition to this students are expected to carry out a project.

This is on a subject of their own choosing that is relevant to the course and the topics covered – this can be carried out anywhere and can take place over the summer months.

This 24-month course aims to provide participants with crucial skills, knowledge and experience that are needed to pursue successful careers in managing biodiversity resources sustainably while complying with international legislation.

Programme objectives:


  1. To integrate an international perspective to reflect new research findings and current practice in biodiversity and land use planning that can be applied within Ireland and elsewhere;
  2. To provide research-led learning opportunities that will develop skills in identifying solutions for real world nature conservation and land use planning conflicts;
  3. To develop expertise within local authority, competent authority and public / private sector staff to meet international obligations relating to biodiversity and conservation.

This part-time course extends over 24 months and runs in two-year cycles continuously from September through to August of the second year. Participants are required to take the modules listed below.NUI-3

The modular course is devoted to formal scientific and policy coursework delivered in a blended learning format over two years, comprising a mixture of face-to-face contact (approximately 12–15 hours per module) in addition to private study combined with e-tutorial on-line support.

Students are expected to carry out both individual and group projects and to prepare written reports and oral presentations on relevant subjects.

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Martina Moloney, county manager, Galway County Council: “Galway County Council has worked with NUI Galway on the development of this part-time MSc programme. It is designed to meet an identified training need.

“Through a blend of applied learning approaches, it will enhance the skills of existing local authority staff and help ensure compliance with the requirements of the Habitats Directive in a professional and cost-effective manner. It will assist with meeting legal obligations such as Strategic Environmental Assessment, Scoping and Appropriate Assessments.”

Entry requirements
The programme is open to individuals who have obtained a Level 8 primary degree or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline. Students who do not have an academic background but have relevant experience may also apply.nui-5

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 15

Closing date:  Please refer to offer rounds/closing dates website.

Mode of study: Distance learning

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s): GYS26.

Fees: Fees for courses

Conferring at NUI Galway Photograph by Aengus McMahon

Pictured at the 2013 conferring is the first cohort of graduates from the Master’s in Biodiversity and Land Use Planning (via blended learning) which is a novel taught master’s programme specifically designed to meet training needs of public and private sector staff to achieve compliance with European conservation legislation requirements. Graduates are pictured with course co-ordinator Dr Gesche Kindermann, NUI Galway president Professor James Browne, registrar Professor Nollaig Mac Congáil and course director Dr Mike Gormally

Who teaches the course?
Dr Caitriona Carlin PhD
Dr Eve Daly PhD
Professor Martin Feely PhD
Dr Mike Gormally PhD
Dr Ronan Hennessy, PhD
Mr Tiernan Henry MSc
Dr Gesche Kindermann PhD
Ms Elaine O’ Riordan MSc
Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington PhD

 

Check information about the course at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/biodiversityland-useplanningmscviadistanc/

Contact: Dr Gesche Kindermann
(course co-ordinator)
T: +353 91 493 863
E: gesche.kindermann@nuigalway.ie

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  NUIG's MSc in Biodiversity and Land Use Planning, which runs every two years and starts again this September, is best described as a blended learning MSc. Effectively, it means that students attend two full days of class at NUIG every five weeks while the rest of the course is covered...