MSc Environmental Sustainability

Academic Year 2019/2020

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc aims to develop your understanding of the environmental issues and sustainability goals facing society. You will be challenged to apply your scientific and technical knowledge to develop solutions to local and global problems and needs.

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  • Eight schools contribute to the course capturing the significant strengths of UCD Science and Engineering in renewable energy resources, sustainable energy systems, environmental engineering and resource management, water quality assessment, protection/management and conservation science.
  • The opportunity exists to harness these strengths within a negotiated and distance learning framework, offering you, the student, flexibility to gain a broad understanding of sustainability issues or to specialise more deeply in one of these particular fields of study.

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The course aims to develop your understanding of the environmental issues and sustainability goals facing society. You will be challenged to apply your scientific and technical knowledge to develop solutions to local and global problems and needs.

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The MSc, Graduate Diploma and Certificate will provide you with the theoretical background, practical training and ancillary workplace skills needed for a successful career in your chosen field. You will negotiate your learning needs with the assistance of our academic staff. Eight schools contribute to the course capturing the significant strengths of UCD Science and Engineering in renewable energy resources, sustainable energy systems, environmental engineering and resource management, water quality assessment, protection/management and conservation science. The opportunity exists to harness these strengths within a negotiated and distance learning framework, offering you, the student, flexibility to gain a broad understanding of sustainability issues or to specialise more deeply in one of these particular fields of study.

The course aims to develop your understanding of the environmental issues and sustainability goals facing society. You will be challenged to apply your scientific and technical knowledge to develop solutions to local and global problems and needs. Through discussion and research work you will learn to handle complex issues, analyse and interpret scientific data and information, use your judgment and ultimately communicate your findings and ideas. The course will develop your capacity for self-directed learning, within a supportive framework facilitated by online fora, discussion boards and virtual tutorial/classroom sessions.

This Environmental Sustainability Distance Learning  programme  is aimed at students who wish to build their knowledge and skills base to address the complexities of the ‘sustainability’ challenge across a broad spectrum of activities such as agriculture, industry, green technology, resource management, environmental regulation and policy. We value students who show a commitment and enthusiasm for environmental issues and an awareness of their responsibility as global citizens. This is a flexible, innovative, negotiated learning programme that takes on board the training needs of a broad spectrum of end-users by giving them the opportunity to select modules that best align with their training and employment needs, and career objectives.

Delivered entirely online by staff of international renown, it provides for self-directed learning within a supportive framework facilitated by a variety of media, including lectures, virtual classroom seminars, virtual fieldtrips and laboratory sessions and discussion boards. A variety of assessment strategies are employed including classical written examinations, presentations, case studies, online discussion forums, wikis and journals, online examinations, group work and workshops.  Masters students are required to undertake a 1-year research or desk based practicum project in order to gain advanced research (field and/or laboratory), data analysis and report writing skills.The online Environmental Sustainability programme offers a number of qualification points such as the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (30 credits) or Diploma in Environmental Sustainability (60 credits). These options allow students greater flexibility, enabling them to work towards qualification points that better suit their needs or lifestyle.

    • Communicate findings, ideas and solutions clearly and effectively.
    • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theoretical background that underpins environmental/energy/sustainability issues.
    • Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse current theoretical concepts and debates underpinning environmental/energy/sustainability issues.
    • Demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of the legislative and regulatory controls across a range of environmental areas/sustainability issues.
    • Design and undertake research using appropriate data collection and analyses methods to develop solutions to environmental problems and sustainability challenges within the work place and inform decision making.
    • Evaluate and implement cutting-edge creative solutions to new and existing challenges within the environmental sector.
    • Locate, synthesise and critically review scientific information and data from a wide range of sources and construct and defend reasoned conclusions.

    No Modules to display for this Course Lectures will be delivered through the UCD’s online 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

    MSc Environmental Sustainability (F059) Part Time
    EU/NONEU    fee per credit - € 65.4

    MSc Environmental Sustainability (F073) Full Time
    EU/NONEU    fee per credit - € 65.4

    MSc Environmental Sustainability (F074) Part Time
    EU/NONEU    fee per credit - € 65.4

    ***Fees are subject to change

    Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Applicants with pass degrees and who also have substantial relevant work experience may also be considered. If English is not your native language, proof of your proficiency in English will be required, unless you have taken your primary degree through English, in an English speaking country. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL Internet Based Test is 100, on the IELTS system it is 6.5. The original certificate of completion of an English language test must be enclosed with the application. In all cases the test results must not be more than 2 years old.

    The following entry routes are available:

    MSc Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) JanFT (F073)
    Duration
    2 Years
    Attendance
    Full Time
    Deadline
    Closed
    MSc Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) JanPT (F074)
    Duration
    4 Years
    Attendance
    Part Time
    Deadline
    Closed
    MSc Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) FT (F058)
    Duration
    1 Years
    Attendance
    Full Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *
    MSc Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) PT (F059)
    Duration
    4 Years
    Attendance
    Part Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *

    * Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised