GMIT and partners awarded €4.4 million for marine science Erasmus programme

Galway Daily education GMIT and partners awarded €4.4 million for marine science Erasmus programme

GMIT and its international partners have been awarded €4.4 million in EU funding under the EU Erasmus+ programme for 2020 to continue the International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources.

The IMBRSea is a two year joint master programme, organised by 11 leading European HEIs in the field of marine sciences, with the support of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre.

GMIT has been delivering this prestigious programme since 2010, welcoming graduates from all over the world to study for two years at the Galway campus Marine and Freshwater Research Centre.

Currently there are 200 postgraduate students from more than 35 countries in first and second year of the Erasmus programme.

All consortium partners are currently developing fully online and blended learning pathways to account for national and international public health guidelines.

IMBRSea covers a wide range of subjects related to marine biological resources.

With an emphasis on marine biological and ecological processes, the programme links biology of marine organisms and environmental studies with subjects in marine policy and planning.

In the first semester students go to one of six universities while in the second semester students complete a period of professional practice with industry, eNGOs, research and other stakeholders internationally.

During the summer between first and second year students participate in a 10-day Summer School where they design, execute and report on field-based research in Tjärnö Marine Station in Sweden.

For the third semester students follow Specialization Tracks in different universities and complete an online thesis preparation course.

For the fourth and last semester, students pursue their own research for their MSc thesis in research centres and associate partners all over the world.

Finally, every year the programme hosts a joint symposium where first year students present their professional practice experiences and second years students present their thesis findings.

Welcoming today’s announcement, GMIT President Dr Orla Flynn says: “I want to congratulate Dr Ian O’Connor and the team for growing this programme over the last decade into the significant global consortium that it is today.

“GMIT aims to enable an international experience for all our students, and programmes like this one really help us to achieve this.”

“The scholarship aspect of this programme also makes the programme accessible and this aligns very well with the inclusion pillar of our Strategic Plan”.

Dr Ian O’Connor, Programme Co-Ordinator for the MSc at GMIT, says he is delighted with the continuing funding for this international programme.

“The IMBRSea MSc is the fourth incarnation of this programme, and in the last ten years the consortium has widened from five to 11 HEI partners all over Europe, and more than 130 associate partners globally”.

This is the largest Eramus Mundus programme in all of Europe, with over 200 students taking part.

“Since 2010, GMIT has welcomed students from all over the world as part of this two-year programme,” Dr O’Connor says.

“Some of the graduates remain with us for PhD research within the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at GMIT or with other partners in the consortium.”

The Erasmus Mundus funding will provide scholarships for students to access the programme.

Applications for Sept 2020 have closed, but applications for 2021 will open in December 2020. For more information see