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MSc, Grad Dip, Grad Cert Environmental Sustainability

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January and September. Full Time and Part Time options available.


Typically 1 year (Certificate or Diploma), 2 years for Masters, maximum 4 years for all.

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Contact Name: Dr Elke Eichelmann

Dwindling natural resources and environmental quality issues are challenging businesses to work within a sustainability framework, while at the same time maximising employment provision and profitability. Consequently, there are a growing number of green technology and related enterprises that require a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Equally, those within the regulation or policy environment must have the knowledge base to address the complexities of the ‘sustainability’ challenge.

This course is taken online in your own time and you can choose to study for a 30-credit Graduate Certificate, a 60-credit Graduate Diploma or a 90-credit MSc degree. The course focuses on delivery of the knowledge and skills required to address sustainability challenges across a broad spectrum of activities such as agriculture, industry, green technology and resource management.

This degree is offered, delivered and supported by academics in the UCD Schools of Biology and Environmental Science, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Biosystems and Food Engineering, Archaeology, Civil Engineering, Information and Communication Studies, Earth Sciences, Agriculture and Food Science and School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.

This programme is intended for applicants with a primary degree in science, engineering, or a related discipline. A lower second class honours degree or international equivalent is required. Applicants with substantial relevant work experience will also be considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate(opens in a new window)English language proficiency.

Lectures will be delivered through the UCD online virtual learning environment using a variety of media, including for example virtual classroom seminars, discussion boards and podcasts. Formative assessments will be used to help you develop and critically assess your own understanding of the material presented.

All modules will have a high continuous assessment component. For some modules you will be expected to attend for an end of semester written examination.

We offer three degree options: MSc, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate.

Certificate:  30 credits – equivalent to 6 X 5-credit modules

Diploma:  60 credits – equivalent to 12 X 5-credit modules

MSc Degree: 90 credits – equivalent to a. 65 taught credits + a 25-credit research study project  (field/lab)


b. 75 taught credits + a 15-credit Research Component (desk-based)

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the professional competitive advantage to choose from careers in the application of green energy technology, environmental engineering, environmental monitoring and protection, resource and waste management, consultancy, research, heritage, conservation and education, either within regulatory bodies or in a wide range of industries, both multinational organisations and small- and medium-sized enterprises. The course also opens up opportunities to pursue further studies including up to PhD level.

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I would beyond recommend this course, I had a brilliant experience from day one. The negotiated learning masters was so varied - there were so many modules that you could pick and choose from.
Deirdre Walsh, Msc Environmental Sustainability 2020

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