MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Sustainable management of our environmental resources is at the heart of some of the key challenges facing humanity today; food security, climate change, biodiversity loss, and the protection of water and soil resources.

The MSc in Environmental Resource Management is an established programme that develops graduates with the flexible combination of environmental science, policy and management expertise necessary to address these needs. This programme draws on the academic expertise and diversity available in the School of Agriculture and Food Science; ranked in the top 100 globally in the area of Agriculture and Forestry.

The programme is accessible to candidates from a very broad range of primary degree backgrounds and draws students from Ireland, Europe, and across the world including a successful track record with the Irish Aid Fellowships.

Fieldwork is involved in many of the modules offered, including visits to leading extension/advisory and research programmes in the area of sustainable environmental resource management. The research thesis allows the student to drive their own original research project and develop specific skills.

Careers & Employability

The career prospects for graduates from the MSc Environmental Resource Management are wide ranging, with environmental management increasingly fundamental to industrial, service and public sectors.

Graduates from this programme respond to many of the major global sustainability challenges and graduates have a very good employment record in a variety of roles, frequently involving consultancy, advisory, engineering or agriculture roles in industry, government and regulatory agencies, NGOs and in research.

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. Yes

The MSc in Environmental Resource Management is designed for those who wish to undertake advanced studies in the pursuit of a career in the environmental sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on exploring globally important environmental issues, including climate change, and the sustainable management of soil, plant and water resources in agriculture and other land use systems. The programme fosters in its graduates the qualities of self-motivation and critical thinking. For those with an inquiring mind, a deeper understanding of scientific principles relevant in solving agri-environmental and food security concerns is provided, which in combination with understanding of effective policy-making, leads to sustainable management practice. The programme structure is supportive of guided self-learning and provides the opportunity to develop key skills across the agri-environmental sciences. Core elements of the programme include: literature review and knowledge assimilation; core lab, field and IT skills (including use of GIS and remote sensing software); experimental/survey design and quantitative data analysis; and written and verbal communication skills. Use is made of individual and group work assignments designed to develop individual, teamwork and leadership skills. These skills will culminate and be tested further in the final semester, when the student does an independent supervised project. 

  • Evaluate the wider environmental issues and challenges of food production and security, and appreciate the objectives of national, EU and international policy
  • Appreciate the functional benefits of natural processes within managed rural ecosystems
  • Combine the use of core lab, field and IT skills in scientific study and evaluation
  • Devise and interpret environmental studies/evaluations involving the collection, appropriate analysis and reporting of resulting observations
  • Interpret the ecological processes and cycles that underpin sustainable management of natural resources
  • Understand the key terrestrial ecosystem services such as climate and water regulation and nutrient cycling, and how they may be promoted by effective and sustainable land management practice
  • Apply learned skills and competencies in environmental consultancy, evaluation and assessment
  • Integrate scientific understanding in sustainable management and policy approaches
  • Apply learned skills and competencies in environmental consultancy, evaluation and assessment
  • Appreciate the functional benefits of natural processes within managed rural ecosystems
  • Combine the use of core lab, field and IT skills in scientific study and evaluation
  • Devise and interpret environmental studies/evaluations involving the collection, appropriate analysis and reporting of resulting observations
  • Evaluate the wider environmental issues and challenges of food production and security, and appreciate the objectives of national, EU and international policy
  • Integrate scientific understanding in sustainable management and policy approaches
  • Interpret the ecological processes and cycles that underpin sustainable management of natural resources
  • Understand the key terrestrial ecosystem services such as climate and water regulation and nutrient cycling, and how they may be promoted by effective and sustainable land management practice

MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management (X089) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 8875
nonEU    fee per year - € 25600

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships

  • Applicants must hold minimum Lower Second Class Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in Biological Science, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, Geography, Earth Sciences, Natural Sciences or cognate degree programme from a recognised higher education institution.
  • Cognate degree programmes would include humanities, arts, business, law and engineering.
     
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent. Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/ 

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Graduate Profile
Dr Brendan Dunford, Manager, Burren Programme & Co-founder Burrenbeo Trust


Having spent my twenties travelling around the world, I’d become increasingly interested in the relationship between people and their places, how communities shape their local environments and vice-versa, and also what a precious resource a healthy environment is. Eventually I decided that I wanted to learn more and reconnect again with my own place, so I returned to Ireland, ‘parked’ the backpack and enrolled in the MSc in Environmental Resource Management at UCD. I loved it! The mix of people – in terms of age,
academic background and nationality – the diversity of subjects available, the passion for learning and change among my new classmates, all made for a very inspiring experience.

Having the course located within the School of Agriculture and Food Science was a bonus as so much of the Irish landscape is shaped by farming and so much change has taken place in that sector of late. Following graduation I accepted a PhD position in the Burren which looked at the relationship between farmers and their very special landscape, a landscape that I’m now privileged to
call home. Returning to do the MSc was a turning point for me, equipping me with the tools and confidence to turn my passion into my career.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management FT (X089)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *

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