Choosing a course is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make! View our courses and see what our students and lecturers have to say about the courses you are interested in at the links below.
Each year more than 4,000 choose University of Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at University of Galway is all about here.
About University of Galway
About University of Galway
Since 1845, University of Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
University of Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at University of Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at University of Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni & Friends
At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland
Academic Director: Prof. Michael Gormally
Field Director: Elaine O'Riordan
This new and exciting summer school course offers students practical experience of the natural environment in the west of Ireland. It provides students with survey skills to identify natural resources, and develops their skills to evaluate the sustainableuse and conservation of Ireland’s ecological resources.
County Galway, on Ireland’s Atlantic West Coast is a land of contrasts. Influenced by its oceanic climate, glacial history, hydrology, geology and human habitation, it has developed a variety of beautiful landscapes with unique and fascinating habitats and species. From the fertile rocks of the Burren karst limestone, to the raised bogs of the midlands, the sheer cliffs of the Aran Islands to the salt marshes of Galway Bay, there is a wealth of natural history to explore.
The summer school is an intensive three-week course. It is largely field-based, and students will visit a variety of landscapes to learn about the environment, habitats and species of the region. Focal points for learning are the Burren region, Connemara and Lough Corrib.
The course adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to studying ecology so the learners engage with all aspects of how these ecosystems are created and maintained through natural processes and anthropogenic activity. It will also consider conservation and sustainability issues and how a sound understanding of these ecological processes is used to combat the challenges facing the environment.
Course Module and Credits
This course carries 6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits at graduate level with the following thematic areas and credit allocation:
- Living Landscapes of Connemara and Joyce – 3 semester credits
- Living Landscapes of The Burren, and East County Galway – 3 semester credits
- Arrival: Sunday 16 June 2024
- Orientation, introductory classes and campus tours: Monday 17 June 2024
- Closing of summer school: Monday 08 July 2024
- Departure: Tuesday 09 July 2024
Tuition & Accommodation Costs
Accommodation: Student Residences (without breakfast - single occupancy) - €1.012.00
Please refer to our step-by-step guide & tips for applications on our dedicated How to Apply page. If you have any questions on the application process, please contact the course administrator at: email@example.com
Undergraduate students should have completed at least one full year at university or college level before being admitted to the programme and are undertaking any Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Natural History or Natural Heritage course. Students should also have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
Postgraduate students with an interest in the subject area are also welcome to apply. They will have an extra assignment to complete to obtain the course credits.
Students should have a reasonable level of fitness and be prepared for field trips most days on the course. This may involve short hikes over trails and uneven surfaces.
- A copy of your birth certificate or passport
- A digital image/passport photo for your student identity card (headshot)
- An official transcript of examination results
Closing date for applications is 30 April 2024. No late applications will be considered.
Tel: +353 91 493572
International Summer School
NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353 91 495442