Environmental Protection - Sligo

The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Protection

gives you the framework and tools needed to operate effectively

will strongly position you within the marketplace

will help you to realise your career and educational aspirations.

This flexible programme in the theory and practice of environmental protection is designed for those who have, or who aspire to have, environmental responsibilities but who may lack sufficient formal training in the area. A broad range of environmental topics is addressed and integrated to provide current environmental management, technical and legislative skills to participants covering a range of areas including water quality and supply, ecology, geology, biology, water and waste management and sustainability.

There are six subjects; Waste Management and Resource Efficiency, Energy Systems and Management, Environmental Management, Water Resource Management, Air and Noise Management and Environmental Systems

Outline of the course operation

As mentioned already, there are six 10-credit subjects on the Postgraduate Diploma. Each subject runs for a period of 3 months. The six subjects run consecutively over two academic years.

There is one (occasionally two) workshop per subject. The workshops take place on a Friday and Saturday.

A Course Coordinator oversees the entire course to offer support and advice throughout the two years.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma at merit or greater are eligible to continue on to the MSc, a further 1 year of study. The MSc enables students to specialise in an area of their choice.

Subjects taught

There are six, 10 credit subjects on the Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Protection. Each subject takes three months to complete. The subjects are offered consecutively; three subjects per academic year.

The six subjects take two years to complete in a cycle that is indicated below. Since the subjects are offered as a series of independent units, you can opt to start at any time in the cycle.

Year A
Sept - Nov: Water Resource Management
Dec - Feb: Air and Noise Management
Mar - May: Environmental Systems

Summer break

Year B
Sept - Nov: Waste Management and Resource Efficiency
Dec - Feb: Energy Systems and Management
Mar - May: Environmental Management

Entry requirements

Participants must have one of the following academic qualifications:

1. Hold an honours degree (L8) in science or engineering awarded by a recognised degree awarding body or,

2. Hold a relevant ordinary degree (L7) in science or engineering and have obtained a minimum of three years relevant post qualification experience

Application dates

Applications for online programmes are accepted on the atu sligo website.

All programmes advertised will run subject to sufficient student numbers.

ATU sligo online has two intakes per year, the main one being in September with a smaller listing of programmes for January. For confirmation on start dates check www.itsligo.ie/online

For September, applications open from 1st February each year. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st august.

For January, applications open from 1st November each year. Closing date for applications is mid-January.

The online application form requires personal details, previous qualifications, professional accreditations, employment history and a personal statement. We recommend collating all the necessary paperwork i.e. Transcripts of previous qualifications, academic certificates before you submit an application.

Once submitted, our admissions team will contact you to confirm eligibility and request copies of any previous qualifications.

Academic staff review every application and approve eligible candidates for the programme.

Admissions team will notify you if you are accepted onto the course and will request deposit to confirm your place.

Places are limited, so please apply early.

Assessment Info

The subjects Water Pollution, Waste Management, Air Pollution, Noise and Energy and Environmental Systems are examined by continuous assessment and by a final written examination which account for 50% and 50% respectively. Continuous assessment comprises online Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), coursework and other assignment work.

The subject Environmental Management is assessed 100% by coursework; there is no end-of-subject examination.

Examinations take place in January and May and are generally held on a Saturday.




2 years part-time, online.


Total €4,500
Per Year €2,250
Per 10 credit module €750

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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Career Opportunities
You will be qualified to work in a very wide range of areas such as environmental management, enforcement, waste management, energy management, wastewater treatment, noise and air quality and research and development. The career opportunities in this field are varied and include working in industry, environmental consultancy, education and regulatory authorities.

Further Study
Upon achieving honours in the Postgraduate Diploma you may continue onto the Masters in Environmental Protection which is a dissertation and takes one academic year.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible,Blended

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