Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

Trinity College Dublin

Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

Course Overview
Biodiversity is the diversity of all life on earth and is currently being lost at an increasing rate. Biodiversity provides us with food, clothing, fuels, construction materials, medicines, and a range of ecosystem services. We ourselves are part of the biodiversity of this planet: we must understand and conserve biodiversity to secure a sustainable future for humanity.

Is This Course For Me?
This course will provide in-depth training and experience for those looking to further their career in various aspects of biodiversity and its conservation, for students wishing to pursue further postgraduate research in this area, and for professionals already working in conservation biology wishing to obtain relevant qualifications.

Course Structure
The course will be taught through a variety of methods: lectures, practicals, field-based learning, guided reading and discussion groups and web-based methods. A variety of assessment procedures will also be adopted – essay writing, oral presentations, web-based tests, examinations and assessment of dissertations. The approach will be to develop, progressively, a high degree of independent thinking and academic excellence in students completing the course, providing a smooth transition for those entering both directly from undergraduate degrees, and for those entering the course from industry.

Students will undertake individual research projects, both desk-based and experimental. A highlight of the course will be the residential spring field course based in South Africa, focusing on practical aspects of biodiversity conservation (the cost of this course is not included in the course fees).

Students may omit the individual research project to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma, those wishing to obtain the the degree of Masters in Science must complete a four-month individual research project.

Subjects taught

Students take a variety of theoretical, practical and project modules.

Theoretical modules include: Introduction to Biodiversity; Introduction to Conservation Biology; Practical Environmental Assessment; Human Interactions with Biodiversity; Impacts of Environmental Change on Biodiversity.

Practical skills modules include: Data Handling and Analysis; Taxonomy; Practical Conservation Skills; and Overseas Field Course.

Project modules include: Individual Desk Study; Project Planning; and an Individual Research Project.

Following successful completion of the taught part of the course, students embark on a closely supervised research project of approximately three months in duration, intended to expand the skills and knowledge base acquired in earlier modules.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants should hold at least an upper second-class (2.1) Honours degree — or an equivalent qualification — in a science subject that includes significant components of botany, zoology or a relevant life science. Candidates with relevant, and significant, experience as professional practitioners in biodiversity management or policy may be accepted with lower qualifications.

Application dates

Closing Date: 28th June 2024


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2024

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Career Opportunities
The programme provides in-depth training and experience for those looking to further their career in biodiversity and its conservation, including in a range of international non- governmental organisations (NGOs), government departments and environmental consultancies. Graduates can also pursue further postgraduate research in this area.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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