ProfCert Environmental Management

Academic Year 2019/2020

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 15)

The programme covers a range of topics relevant to Environmental Management. Subjects include Legislation, Environmental Science and Environmental Assessment and Management
  • Core environmental management modules
  • Includes project work and self-directed learning
  • Online support material and resources

Careers & Employability

When you successfully complete the UCD Professional Certificate in Environmental Management you will be able to advise management on a range of environmental legal and regulatory issues in their workplace, have perspective on global and national environmental concerns, have a good understanding of the scientific principles underlying environmental assessment and management and professionally interact with a range of environmental specialists to assess and mitigate potential impacts to the environment.


Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

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

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

  • This part-time programme is designed to be completed over one full academic year (2 semesters)
  • The first day of the programme will be Wednesday, September 4th 2019
  • Half day workshops will normally be held on Wednesdays between 10.00 and 13.00
  • There will be two workshops per module
  • Assessment strategies include continuous assessment, assignments, projects and online examinations

The purpose of the part-time UCD Professional Certificate in Environmental Management Programme is to provide a broad perspective on environmental assessment and management to professionals that are required to interact with environmental scientists, evaluate specialist environmental inputs to their work and assist in the development of best practice environmental management / mitigation / technologies / design. Learning takes place in the online environment and through live face-to-face interaction with peers, academics and leading industry and regulatory experts in UCD workshops, held six times a year. Teaching methods include a blend of online lectures, discussion fora, provision of bespoke and professional resources, in addition to lecturer-led problem-based workshops.  A suite of online study supports are provided, including weekly specified pre and post e-lecture learning activities and prescribed reading. A combination of varied continuous assessment (formative and summative) is utilised across the programme. This high-quality programme is based on the values of student-support, adult-friendliness, research and practice-focused, evidence-based global perspectives, accessibility and professional relevance.

  • Display an advanced understanding and thorough knowledge of current national and global environmental issues and the scientific principles underlying these issues.
  • Be able to provide evidence based solutions to complex environmental problems facing Ireland and Europe.
  • Have the ability to self-reflect on their own knowledge and understand those limitations in order to continuously update their knowledge.
  • Be critically aware, through a thorough understanding of the environmental legal and regulatory system, of how to manage complex environmental concerns in Ireland and Europe
  • Be capable of utilising fully the Irish and EU environmental legislative framework to implement best practice environmental assessment and management procedures
  • Utilise environmental case law to develop and sustain argument in order to make judgements on the appropriate course of environmental protection.
  • Display an advanced knowledge of the assessment and management procedures necessary to ensure environmental protection and be capable of integrating into an environmental team tasked with implementing such evidence based practices and procedures.

At the end of the programme, graduates will:

  • have a clear understanding and knowledge of environmental issues and the scientific priniciples underlying these issues;
  • know the limits of their knowledge and be able to identify the relevent specialist expertise to interact with in order to fully assess and manage environmental solutions;
  • be aware of the legal and regulatory system in Ireland and Europe relating to the environment;
  • understand the assessment and management procedures necessary to ensure environmental protection.

ProfCert Environmental Management (X653) Part Time
EU/NONEU    fee per year - € 1695

***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.

You will need:

  • To hold a level 8 qualification (Higher Diploma or Higher Degree with an award of 2.2 or above) from a recognised third level institute
  • To have use of a personal computer with good internet access in order to participate in the programme. If you can click on and watch the e-learning sample lecture on our webpage, your software is suitable for this programme
  • To supply transcripts of your primary degree or higher diploma and all supporting documentation at the time of application
  • To supply an up to date 2 page CV at the time of application


 English Language Qualification

  • Candidates whose first language is not English and whose primary degree was obtained in a country where English is not the official language of instruction must provide proof of proficiency in English such as IELTS or TOEFL
  • The original certificate of completion of an English language test must be enclosed with the application
  • Test results must not be more than 2 years old
  • Please visit our website for minimum test scores requirements
  • Candidates whose existing degree was obtained in a country where the official language of instruction is English, may, at the request of the School, still be subject to the same requirements where English is not the candidate’s first language

The following entry routes are available:

Prof Cert Environmental Management PT (X653)
1 Years
Part Time

You can apply using the UCD online application system. To apply, simply click on and follow the instructions. A non-refundable application fee applies. The application fee is paid online.

 The final date for applications is August 31st 2019.