Environmental Science

MSc Environmental Science
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The study of Applied Environmental Science is critical for establishing policies in environmental assessment, evaluating potential change in environmental quality in response to various land use and other activities, and in development of management and conservation strategies, as well as contributing to policy formulation. This course has a heavy emphasis on practical training in fieldwork, laboratory analyses, information sourcing, data analysis, planning, reporting and communication.
You will work with an interdisciplinary team of experts covering the key aspects of Environmental Science, encompassing marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems. This is the only Applied Environmental Science course in Ireland to include a major input from civil engineering, relating particularly to water quality, hydrology and waste treatment processes.

- In collaboration with UCD School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering relating particularly to water quality, hydrology and waste treatment processes.

- This multi-disciplinary Master’s course provides fundamental training in key areas of Environmental Science encompassing marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems.

Internship Opportunities*
Internship opportunities are available for at least a 6-week period in the environmental sector (including consultancies, government agencies and industry) over the Summer Trimester. Examples of previous placements are RPS Group, Dublin City Council, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Golder Associates and Dublin Urban Rivers Life Project.

*Placements are secured through a competitive process and are not guaranteed.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Quantitative Tools for the Life Sciences BIOL40390
Introduction to Water Resources Engineering 1CVEN40220
Freshwater Resources Assessment ENVB40120
Global Change Ecology ENVB40130
Analyses for Environmental Investigations ENVB40510
Thesis (MSc Env. Science)ENVB40670
Soil Ecology ENVB40680
Essay (MSc Applied Science) ENVB40690
GIS for Environmental Assessment GEOG40770
Environmental Geology GEOL40300

Stage 1 - Option
Wildlife Conservation AESC40150
Remote Sensing ARCH41070
Waste Management BSEN30240
Introduction to Water Resources Engineering 2 CVEN40230
Water Waste and Environmental Modelling CVEN40570
Marine Community Ecology ENVB40020
Environmental Impact Assessment ENVB40040
Wildlife Management/Conservation (On-line) ENVB40320
Appl. Ecotoxicology (On-line) ENVB40350
Environmental-based internship ENVB40650
Research-based internship ENVB40660
Essay (MSc Applied Science)ENVB40690

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with a primary degree in Science, Engineering, Geography, Architecture or a related subject. An upper second class honours, or international equivalent is required.

- 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

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc Environmental Science FT (X062)
1 Years
Full Time

MSc Environmental Science PT (X204)
2 Years
Part Time

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




1 year full-time, 2 years part-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


MSc Environmental Science (X062) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8010
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MSc Environmental Science (X204) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4035
nonEU fee per year - € 9900

***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

Our graduates are building successful varied careers in environmental resources assessment, management and protection. A considerable number have been employed in environmental consultancy and national and International government agencies, such as Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Some graduates have also continued their studies at PhD level in the areas of fisheries, biomass fuels, soil, water engineering and invertebrate ecology. The course gives due consideration to key legislative requirements and policy developments.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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