Circular Economy Leadership for the Built Environment - Galway

ATU - Galway Campuses

Circular Economy Leadership for the Built Environment - Galway

This Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Circular Economy Leadership for the Built Environment has been developed in close collaboration with construction industry professionals to provide a flexible, multidisciplinary and industry-focused programme that seeks to address the current competency and skills gap in the construction sector both nationally and in a global context.

The programme is designed to embrace experiential and collaborative learning opportunities by continuously embedding evolving circular economy best practice through an academic-industry reciprocal learning framework. The construction sector is currently undergoing a significant transformation, catalysed by EU and national policy and strategy drivers, which are challenging stakeholders to review their business models and working practices to move beyond traditional linear processes and lead the transition towards preventative and more restorative circular processes of reuse, recycling and disassembly that will stimulate growth and improve competitiveness.

Participants on the course will discover a focused set of mandatory modules that cover all stages in the design-construction-operation and end-of-life process, that will address the competency, capability and skills requirements of the multiple supply chain stakeholders.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Circular Economy Principles for the Built Environment 15 credits

Circular Economy Leadership and Organizational Transitions 15 credits

Applied Circular Built Environment Work-Based Research Project 30 credits

*Exit Award option available.

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a cognate level 8 Bachelor (Hons) degree with a minimum grade classification of H2.2 or equivalent e.g. Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Architectural Technology, Architecture, Construction Economics and Surveying etc. Candidates who do not meet the H2.2 performance standard in a Level 8 award will be required to pass a qualifying assignment at an H2.2 performance standard as established by the Programme Board for the programme in question and as approved by the Registrar.

English Language Requirements will be as determined by GMIT and as published in the Access, Transfer and Progression code. The current requirements are as follows:

Non-EU applicants who are not English speakers must have a minimum score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent. All results must have been achieved within 2 years of application to GMIT.

EU applicants who are not English speakers are recommended to have a minimum score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.

ATU is committed to the principles of transparency, equity and fairness in recognition of prior learning (RPL) and to the principle of valuing all learning regardless of the mode or place of its acquisition. Recognition of Prior Learning may be used to: (i) gain access or advanced entry to a programme at Stage 2 or higher, subject to available places.

(Stage 1 entry through CAO) (ii) gain credits and exemptions from programme modules after admission (iii) in award years RPL will be considered, to a 50% maximum (30 credits) Academic Code of Practice No. 6 outlines the policies and procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning. Guidance for applicants is provided on

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1 year part-time. Blended learning.

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After completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Circular Economy Leadership for the Built Environment, candidates will be able to progress to an MSc. in Year 2.

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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