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International Marine Summer School

The 2012 International Marine Summer School (IMSS) is based in the historic and cultural maritime cities of Galway and Cork, located in west and southwest Ireland.  It focuses on the marine scientific environment and will also include a programme of related cultural, social and extra-curricular activities.

The Summer School is jointly organized and delivered by two long-established Irish Universities, National University of Ireland, Galway and University College Cork.  It will comprise two independent, but related, courses, delivered by the partner Universities:

Course 1    The Marine Environment and its Sustainable Use
University College Cork, June 14 – 27, 2012
Academic Directors: Professor John Benzie & Dr Andy Wheeler

Course 2    Galway Bay’s Atlantic Margin: Marine, Earth Science and Cultural Perspectives    
National University of Ireland, Galway, June 29 – July 12, 2012    
Academic Directors: Professor Martin Feely & Dr Martin White

Each course incorporates practical seagoing training onboard the National Research Vessel, the RV Celtic Voyager with students conducting offshore surveys designed, for example, to map the historic wreck of the Lusitania or to monitor Marine Protected Areas. The courses are attached to, and awarded credits by, the partner Universities which will give students access to their academic and scientific resources.

Prospective Students
The Summer School is aimed at final year undergraduate students (seniors) and early postgraduate students (masters) and will therefore be accredited to level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Students can opt to take either course within the Summer School but are advised to take both.

Academic Programme
Academic direction of the Summer School will be provided jointly by NUI Galway and University College Cork. Students will be registered at both Universities.

Each course carries 10 ECTS Credits/5 Semester Hour Credits at undergraduate level. (Level 8, Irish National Framework of Qualifications). Total credits offered for the 4-week Summer School is 20 ECTS/10 Semester Hour Credits. Accreditation for each course will be awarded, and transcripts will be issued, by the host institution. For students who successfully complete both courses, a Certificate of Completion will be issued jointly by the two accrediting Universities. Successful completion of PST training in Course 1 also leads to the award of an internationally recognised (STCW95) maritime qualification, required for work on offshore research vessels.

Teaching Methods
Teaching will be by means of lectures, seminars and guided discussions. Practical fieldwork and marine based research will be a central feature of the programme. A combination of lectures and sea-going and terrestrial fieldtrips around Galway Bay, Cork and the surrounding coasts will allow for student participation at all levels. Personal Sea-survival Training (PST STCW95) will be undertaken in the National Maritime College of Ireland’s indoor environmental pool (If for any reason a person is unable to undertake the PST course, there is an opt-out alternative.). Assessment will be carried out on a continuous basis.

Faculty will be mainly from NUI Galway, University College Cork and the Irish Marine Institute. Guest lecturers from Cork Institute of Technology, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and the National Maritime College of Ireland will also contribute to the courses.

Accommodation and Transport
Accommodation will be arranged at student residences in Cork and Galway for each course. Transport between courses is also incorporated.

Tours and Social Events
As part of the programme, a range of tours and social events will be organised to cultural sites and venues in West Cork and West Galway. This will include whale watching and following the Titanic trail in West Cork and being part of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway.
Programme Details
  • Course 1 dates: June 14 – 27, 2012 (Cork)
  • Course 2 dates: June 29 – July 12, 2012 (Galway)
  • Tuition and Fees: €2,500 (Euro) per course
  • Accommodation: $500 (15 nights on student residence basis)
  • Enrolment Deadline: April 16, 2012

Course Contacts & registration
Download the IMSS course brochure
Detailed Course Contents and Biopics

For further information applicants should contact:

Fiona Dwyer,
Administrator, Summer School Office,
National University of Ireland, Galway.
Tel: 353 91 495442                                                                                                                          
Fax: 353 91 525051                                                                                                                   

International Marine Summer School: Course 1

EV3011: The Marine Environment and its Sustainable Use.

Dates: June 14 – 27, 2012
Directors: Prof. John Benzie and Dr. Andrew Wheeler, University College Cork
Location: South Coast of Ireland

Cork is the site of one of the largest natural harbours in the world, close to the spectacular coastlines of southern Ireland, the site of novel research in marine resources and renewable energy, near the location of the historic wreck of the Lusitania and the last port of call of the Titanic. The module offers students the opportunity to study the rich marine environment of the region in the context of understanding the nature of marine resources, how these are impacted, and the ways in which these can be sustainably used.

Students will gain experience of maritime practice in state of the art, 360 degree ship and ocean simulators, and in Personal Survival Techniques (PST) in the environmental pool, at the National Maritime College of Ireland, prior to participating in a multidisciplinary study of local marine environments. This will encompass marine geology, marine biology, fisheries, oceanography, environmental law, ocean management and marine renewable energies.

Students will gain a practical knowledge of multidisciplinary marine data collection and learn how marine resources are used locally. Fieldtrips will explore the natural history, marine and cultural heritage of the region. This will include visits to mussel and fish farms on the south coast, to historical Irish coastal towns and villages, and mapping the wreck of the Lusitania.

1. Methods of biological and geological resource assessment
2. Fisheries and aquaculture
3. Governance, legal frameworks and spatial planning
4. Renewable ocean energies
5. Shipping, communications and safety at sea


International Marine Summer School: Course 2

SU416: Galway Bay's Atlantic Margin: Marine, Earth Science and Cultural Perspectives.

Dates: June 29 – July 12, 2012
Directors: Prof. Martin Feely and Dr. Martin White, National University of Ireland Galway
Location: Galway Bay and its hinterland

This course will involve a comprehensive geoscientific, marine, cultural and historical study of Galway Bay. Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland boasts spectacular glacial landscapes and seascapes together with many accessible offshore islands surrounded by the pristine waters of the North Atlantic. The Galway Bay course offers students the opportunity to study the geological and oceanographic processes that have shaped the natural landscape. The rich maritime and cultural heritage of this region will be explored through its archaeology, history, literature, poetry and music associations.

Students will participate in a multifaceted marine survey of Galway Bay. Onshore and island fieldtrips will explore the natural history and archaeology of the region including a visit to the unique Cliffs of Moher and the Connemara and Burren landscapes. Literature, poetry and music traditions of the region will be celebrated and explored using key locations in the Bay area for lectures and cultural fieldtrips.

1. Conduct an oceanographic survey of physical and chemical characteristics of the Bay
2. Visit the Aran Islands and view their early Christian settlements
3. Explore Galway Bay’s spectacular geological landscapes and read their stories
4. Interact with the music, poetry, literature and archaeology of the region
5. Work with researchers in Carna’s Marine Research Station