Course Overview

Group leader links:

All PhD students in the College of Science will enrol in a Structured PhD:

Short summary of the research area:

Research in the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway can be carried out through separate discipline pathways (mainly but not exclusively Physics, Botany, Zoology and Earth and Ocean Sciences). The Ryan Institute pathway covers topics more strongly associated with the cross discipline and cross-College Ryan Institute or with staff not assigned to a discipline.

The primary areas of research interest are currently with the biodiversity and bioresources cluster, particularly:

  • Environmental Management & Conservation. Marine conservation, sustainable harvesting planning and    management
  • Biodiversity: Patterns & Processes. Species distributions, marine population dynamics, community structure
  • Aquaculture, Biotechnology, & Biodiscovery. Research to support biodiscovery and aquaculture

 Important: Applicants must speak to the research group leader before applying via PAC. 

Programmes Available

Structured PhD, full-time.
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enter on a programme of study and research for the degree of PhD you must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of your 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

Current projects are in biodiversity, aquaculture, fish population dynamics, intertidal ecology, zooplankton, deep sea research, habitat mapping, conservation, marine foods and biodiscovery.

Researcher Profiles

Johnson, Mark
Mark Johnson joined the University of Galway from Queen’s University Belfast in 2008. His research interests have been on marine ecology—particularly the role of spatial processes in the structure of populations and communities. This leads to a number of applied areas such as conservation, biodiversity mapping, assessments of sustainable harvests and contributions to marine management. More recently the research group has expanded to include aquaculture and research to support themes in functional foods and biodiscovery.

Research Fellows

Anna Soler: Seaweed research, integrated multitrophic aquaculture

Svenja Heesh: Algal taxonomy and biodiscovery

Maeve Edwards: Seaweed aquaculture, integrated multitrophic aquaculture

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

Prof. Mark Johnson 
T +353 91 492 266