MSc Environmental Technology

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This Masters will provide graduates from an engineering, science or technology background with the skills to develop technological solutions for air, water and soil protection and emerging sectors across industry (particularly agri-food and bioresources), consulting companies and regulatory authorities.

This programme will enable its students to acquire skills in the areas of environmental engineering, risk assessment, air pollution, waste management, life cycle assessment, buildings and environment, energy systems and sustainable environment. Students will enhance their ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multi-disciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

Careers & Employability

Graduates of this masters can find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Engineering Consultancy
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Eco-Consulting and Design
  • Public Services
  • Research

Full Time option suitable for:

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

It will appeal particularly to science, engineering and technology graduates.

The MSc Environmental Technology Programme is aimed at science, engineering and technology graduates who wish to pursue a career in developing, implementing and managing solutions to minimise the environmental impact of emissions to air, soil and water. Our students will become active and independent learners, who will bring a critical and integrated approach to solving environmental challenges, both in local and global contexts. The programme modules are delivered by internationally recognised research-active academic staff through lectures, online learning materials, practicals, technical site visits and problem-based learning. Assessments include a mix of written examinations, oral presentations, video creation, reports, and theses, carried out individually or as teams. There are also opportunities for peer assessment, both internally within the class and externally within an international network. The programme can lead to career opportunities in regulatory authorities, environmental consultancies, industry and research.

This programme is delivered by a highly research intensive School, which consistently wins up to €3 million in annual research funding, which is comprised of a European Research Council Fellow and six Marie Curie Fellowships. Opportunities for site visits and industry internships are provided where possible.

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The programme runs over 3 semesters. Semester 1 and 2 focus on taught modules. The third semester focuses on a relevant project that combines the student’s interests and academic requirements.

MSc Environmental Technology (X565) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7830
nonEU    fee per year - € 24800

***Fees are subject to change

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

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum second class honours or international equivalence in a Science,Engineering, Agricultural Science or Environmental Science programme. Please note this list is not exhaustive.

  • 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.

Student Profile

Padraig Keating

For my undergraduate I studied Agricultural Environmental Sciences in UCD and I am currently studying the Environmental Technologies masters in the school of Biosystems and Food Engineering in UCD. When deciding what to do near the end of my undergraduate it seemed the right fit for me to carry on my education, so I applied for the environmental technologies masters which has a duration of 12 months, as I felt it was the most applicable programme available to my undergraduate programme. Since then I haven’t looked back, the course develops a further understanding of environmental conditions both in Ireland and globally. It also looks at air, water and soil pollution and ways to prevent or reduce such issues with use of abatement technologies and alternatives to fossil fuels.

This master’s has opened up employment opportunities for me going forward and after I complete my thesis I look forward to finding employment in the water preservation and contamination industry.

The UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering hosts the only olfactometry laboratory in a university on the island of Ireland. This is a unique facility which is used for the measurement of environmental odours from a range of sources such as landfills, wastewater treatment palnts and intensive agricultural units. The data produced can be combined with meteorological information and atmospheric dispersion models to generate contour plots of predicted odour nuisance around such sites.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Environmental Technology FT (X565)
1 Years
Full Time
Rolling *

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