Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

We conduct applied research to inform the sustainable management of aquatic living resources:

Sustainable management of fisheries & their ecosystems:

Early life history & stock identification & Biostatistical & Quantitative Ecology: Biostatistical advice & analyses from local to national & international investigations. MFRC integrates both biological/ecological & statistical expertise in cross-disciplinary applications

Conservation of marine biodiversity:

Marine mammal research in marine bio-acoustics; including the development & testing of technology for bioacoustics & monitoring ocean noise

Population assessment for small cetaceans, & the distribution and feeding ecology of baleen whales and basking sharks.

Environmental toxicology:

Development of technologies for the detection and measurement of the effects of novel pollutants Development and testing of novel biomarkers

Innovative technologies to optimise seafood production:

Characterisation of physiological responses in crustaceans

Elucidation of inflammatory biomarkers in seafood species

Development of immuno-stimulants for the improvement of fish health in aquaculture.

Detailed information on coming as a visiting student to GMIT is provided on GMIT’s website. Prospective students can also read the prospectus for new students, updated each year, providing additional information on GMIT and Galway City. Details and advice on obtaining accommodation can be found on the Student Union pages There are several student villages within 10 to 15 minutes’ walk of the campus in Galway. 

Living Costs:

GMIT estimates that the living costs for international students is approximately €775 per month, a breakdown of this cost can be found at

The International Office and the programme team responsible for delivering IMBRSea will help prepare students coming to GMIT and will provide an orientation week in GMIT should students wish to attend. Students will also be provided with an orientation pack on arrival at GMIT and will be met by the International Office and the Programme Chair at GMIT Dr Ian O’Connor.  In addition, the Programme Chair and the International Office will assist with student registration, provision of access to ICT facilities and the Library facilities. The is an International Student Society that welcomes students and organizes social events and trips for international students.

The GMIT Students Union has a range of staff and services that are available to incoming international students and they will meet with the students and provide them with information on the services and supports on offer. In addition the Students Union acts as the central hub for all student sports clubs and societies.

GMIT Student Services ( ) provides all students with access to medical, counselling, career development and chaplaincy services. It also facilitates supports to students with significant financial hardship and students with disabilities. A short video describing information on GMIT student services is available at

Language Opportunities:

GMIT offers language training in French, Spanish and German. These are included in the cost of tuition at GMIT.  GMIT also offers language training in Irish, but for intermediate users only.  Students enrolled in IMBRSea at GMIT will have extensive opportunities to engage with staff and students that use English either as a first or second language. The nature of much of the programmes is such that there are considerable amounts of group discussion, interactive role play and presentations; where students use English as a second language this provides them with the opportunity to improve their fluency and confidence.

All of the IMBRSea modules at GMIT will be assessed using a continuous assessment model. These continuous assessments make take the form of both theoretical and practical work, presentations, fieldwork, report writing and all are designed to assess the attainment of module learning outcomes. Students will be issued with an assessment schedule at the start of their semester in GMIT and this will detail the learning outcomes for the modules and how and when they will be assessed. Students that do not pass the continuous assessment (pass mark 40%) can subsequently complete an examination to demonstrate attainment of the learning outcomes. Students can appeal the result obtained for any module, this must be done within one week of announcement of the results. Appeals are submitted to the relevant head of Dept, in this instance,  Dr Lisa Ryan, Head of Dept of Natural Sciences. Appeals are then heard by the examinations appeal board. Further information concerning GMIT Academic Codes of Practice and Academic Policies is available at and