GradDip Environmental Sustainability
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
Dwindling natural resources and environmental quality issues are challenging businesses to work within a sustainability framework, while at the same time maximising employment provision and profitability. Consequently, there are a growing number of green technology and related enterprises that require a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Equally, those within the regulation or policy environment must have the knowledge base to address the complexities of the 'sustainability' challenge.
- Eight schools contribute to the course capturing the significant strengths of UCD Science and Engineering in renewable energy resources, sustainable energy systems, environmental engineering and resource management, water quality assessment, protection/management and conservation science.
- The opportunity exists to harness these strengths within a negotiated and distance learning framework, offering you, the student, flexibility to gain a broad understanding of sustainability issues or to specialise more deeply in one of these particular fields of study.
The MSc, Graduate Diploma and Certificate will provide you with the theoretical background, practical training and ancillary workplace skills needed for a successful career in your chosen field. You will negotiate your learning needs with the assistance of our academic staff. Eight schools contribute to the course capturing the significant strengths of UCD Science and Engineering in renewable energy resources, sustainable energy systems, environmental engineering and resource management, water quality assessment, protection/management and conservation science. The opportunity exists to harness these strengths within a negotiated and distance learning framework, offering you, the student, flexibility to gain a broad understanding of sustainability issues or to specialise more deeply in one of these particular fields of study.
The course aims to develop your understanding of the environmental issues and sustainability goals facing society. You will be challenged to apply your scientific and technical knowledge to develop solutions to local and global problems and needs. Through discussion and research work you will learn to handle complex issues, analyse and interpret scientific data and information, use your judgment and ultimately communicate your findings and ideas. The course will develop your capacity for self-directed learning, within a supportive framework facilitated by online fora, discussion boards and virtual tutorial/classroom sessions.
Vision and Values Statement
This Environmental Sustainability Distance Learning is aimed at students who wish to build their knowledge and skills base to address the complexities of the 'sustainability' challenge across a broad spectrum of activities such as agriculture, industry, green technology, resource management, environmental regulation and policy. We value students who show a commitment and enthusiasm for environmental issues and an awareness of their responsibility as global citizens. This is a flexible, innovative, negotiated learning programme that takes on board the training needs of a broad spectrum of end-users by giving them the opportunity to select modules that best align with their training and employment needs, and career objectives. Delivered entirely online by staff of international renown, it provides for self-directed learning within a supportive framework facilitated by a variety of media, including lectures, virtual classroom seminars, virtual fieldtrips and laboratory sessions and discussion boards. The online Environmental Sustainability programme offers a number of qualification points such as the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (30 credits) and Masters in Environmental Sustainability (90 credits). These options allow students greater flexibility, enabling them to work towards qualification points which better suit their needs or lifestyle. Students have the option to advance to the Masters Degree in Environmental Sustainability once they have achieved the 60 credits required for the Diploma in Environmental Sustainability.
Lectures will be delivered through the UCD's online environment using a variety of media, including for example virtual classroom seminars, discussion boards and podcasts. Formative assessments will be used to help you develop and critically assess your own understanding of the material presented. All modules will have a high continuous assessment component. For some modules you will be expected to attend for an end of semester written examination
Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Applicants with pass degrees and who also have substantial relevant work experience may also be considered. If English is not your native language, proof of your proficiency in English will be required, unless you have taken your primary degree through English, in an English speaking country. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL Internet Based Test is 100, on the IELTS system it is 6.5. The original certificate of completion of an English language test must be enclosed with the application. In all cases the test results must not be more than 2 years old.
GDip Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) FT (F063)
GDip Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) PT (F064)
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time. Online
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Careers & Employability
Successful completion of this course will provide you with the professional competitive advantage to choose from careers in the application of green energy technology, environmental engineering, environmental monitoring and protection, resource and waste management, consultancy, research, heritage, conservation and education, either within regulatory bodies or in a wide range of industries, both multinational organisations and small- and medium-sized enterprises. The course also opens up opportunities to pursue further studies including up to PhD level.