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Earth and Ocean Sciences
Earth and Ocean Sciences involve the study of the physical and chemical processes that affect planet Earth and its oceans. In this field, you will study topical subjects, such as climate change, natural resources and the management and conservation of our oceans. Four sub-disciplines are involved: geology, geophysics, hydrogeology and oceanography, which, in different ways, look at various workings of our planet, from the atmosphere to the seabed.
Earth and Ocean Sciences subjects are your ticket to a global career market. They offer the opportunity to study some of the most exciting areas in the natural sciences while being able to see at first hand their practical relevance in the world around you.
Earth and Ocean Sciences at the Virtual Open Day
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Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Next start date
A Level Grades (2020)
Mode of study
A range of sophisticated tools and techniques now exist that give unprecedented access to our natural environment, providing new opportunities for both research and commercial activity. Because the Earth and Ocean Sciences area is so cutting edge, there is continual demand for more postgraduate research in both universities and industry.
Why Choose This Course?
Earth and Ocean Sciences graduates can expect to have a wide range of employment opportunities in areas like
- Marine Studies
- Groundwater Science
- Petroleum and Mining
- Environmental Organisations
- Consulting Companies
- Remote Sensing
Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
EU Fees 2020/21:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.
What Our Students Say
Bill Wood | BSc (Earth and Ocean Sciences)
...I chose NUI Galway because of the great choice of subjects available through my degree. No other university offers such flexibility for students in this subject area. This becomes increasingly important as you develop during your third level education. There is great interaction between staff and students at NUI Galway. I would definitely encourage those with an interest in science or natural sciences to pursue this course. The standard of education offered here is of the highest quality...