Environmental Resource Management

MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Sustainable management of our environmental resources is at the heart of some of the key challenges facing humanity today; food security, climate change, biodiversity loss, and the protection of water and soil resources. During this MSc particular emphasis is placed on exploring these globally important environmental issues, in agriculture and other land use systems. Graduates will gain the knowledge necessary to address these needs through a combination of environmental science, policy and management expertise.

The programme fosters in its graduates the qualities of self-motivation and critical thinking. Core elements of the programme include: literature review and knowledge assimilation; core lab, field and IT skills including use of GIS and remote sensing software; experimental survey design, quantitative data analysis and communication skills.

Individual and group work assignments are designed to develop individual, teamwork and leadership skills. These skills will culminate and be tested further in the final semester, when students complete a supervised research project. Fieldwork is involved in many of the modules offered, including visits to leading extension, advisory and research programmes in the area of sustainable environmental resource management.

The minor thesis component offers a very broad choice of research topics that allows students to focus on a specific subject area of interest. Students are assigned an academic supervisor with research interests and expertise in the thesis subject area.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Data Analysis for Biologists AESC40180
Research Project (AESC) 2 AESC40370
Human Impact on the Environment AESC40390
Seminar Presentation AESC40400
Soil, Plant & Water Resources AESC40410
Geographic Information Systems AESC40420
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services AESC40440
Literature Review (AESC)AESC40460
Practical Research Skills AESC40470
Ecological Modelling ENVB40290
Environmental Assessment GEOG30860

Stage 1 - Option
Wildlife Conservation AESC40150
One Health AESC40360
Carbon & Sustainability BSEN40720

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold minimum lower second class honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in Biological Science, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, Geography, Earth Sciences, Natural Sciences or cognate degree programme from a recognised higher education institution. Cognate degree programmes would include humanities, arts, business, law and engineering.

Mature candidates have previously been accepted on the basis of relevant experience and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the Programme Director to discuss their eligibility.

The programme welcomes students from across the world.

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. Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management FT (X089)

1 Year Full Time

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




1 year full-time.


MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management (X089) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8875
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

***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.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The career prospects for graduates from the MSc Environmental Resource Management are wide ranging, with environmental management increasingly fundamental to industrial, service and public sectors. Graduates secure roles in the private and public sector across government agencies, local authorities, county councils and others.

This programme has a successful track record with the Irish Aid Fellowships.

Graduate Roles:
Environmental Consultancy
Environmental Advisory
Environmental Engineering
Regulatory Authorities

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MSc (Agr)

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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