Course Overview

The Ryan Institute is a marine research institute on the campus of the University of Galway near the centre of Galway City and at Carna, Co. Galway, which includes an aquacultural and fisheries research facility in Carna, Connemara. The Institute was funded by means of a donation from the late Dr Tony Ryan in 1993, which was used to build a state-of-the-art Marine Science building in a prominent location on the University Of Galway campus; an Annexe to the MRI was completed in 2008, which includes state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to cater for a new Graduate Programme in Marine Science. The Institute is staffed by researchers from the School of Natural Sciences of the College of Science, particularly from the disciplines of Botany, Zoology, Microbiology and Oceanography. The Institute is in receipt of extensive funding from Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Industrial Development Authority, the National Development Programme, the Higher Education Authority, the Beaufort Awards (Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources), the Marine Institute, and the Framework 7 Programme of the European Union.

The Ryan Institute works closely with the Environmental Change Institute and the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Research.

Programmes Available

MSc, full-time and part-time

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the degree of MSc by research must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 [or equivalent international qualification] for an MSc) at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Marine Biodiscovery and Biotechnology 
  • Marine Environment 
  • Marine Enterprise 
  • Evolutionary Development of marine and other organisms 
  • Marine Bioinformatics (including Molecular Biology) 
  • Aquaculture & Fisheries

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€15,000 p.a. (€15,140 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Martina Prendergast
T +353 91 494 079 

Mary Gannon
T +353 91 492 325