Management of Clean Technologies - MCT

*Please note that these details do not relate to the Springboard+ Graduate Certificate. Please see Springboard for specific course information.

The Management of Clean Technologies online programme will enable learners apply their engineering or technical background to grow into senior managerial roles in the clean technology sector.

The programme's main philosophy is that for a business to be successful and competitive in the long-term, the whole of the business' resources, including environmental, economic and social resources, must be managed from a perspective that integrates the growing importance of clean technologies and the contribution they have to make to economic competitiveness.

The programme is designed to give graduates the technical and mathematical skills to effectively measure and analyse the use of Clean Technologies with a view to improving efficiency, effectiveness and value for money.

How the Course is delivered:
This postgraduate programme is provided through online distance learning, which means that students can achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area and provide a sound basis for their long-term career, without disruption to their career or other commitments. For each module that students undertake, they are given access to specially written course materials. As DCU students they also have access to the vast range of academic journals and other resources provided by DCU Library which are increasingly used as resources on the programme.

Tutorial support on this programme is provided online through the use of discussion forums in a virtual learning environment. In addition, tutorials will be provided using a web-based tutorial system. Students can engage with web based tutorials at home, work or anywhere with a reasonable internet connection. Additionally, because the tutorial sessions are recorded, for those who are unable to attend the live tutorial session, they can be viewed later, at a more convenient time for you, the student.

Dublin City University has been offering postgraduate level education at a distance since 1990. Our programmes are targeted at working professionals, who wish to achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area and to provide a sound basis for their long-term career, without disruption to their career or other commitments. As a graduate from our programmes, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and flexibility for suitable senior managerial positions in your chosen specialist area.

The Masters of Science programme, awarded by DCU, is at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. All modules are taught on line in a virtual classroom, Loop, where you can interact with your fellow students and tutors through email, chat, skype, at whatever time suits you. Assessment is continuous with no examinations.

IT Equipment and Skills required:
You should have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband Internet connection, a printer and a basic headset and a webcam. Specifically, you will need access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.You can find detailed information on the IT skills and equipment required for this programme under the section 'Technology Requirements'

Accredition Information
This Postgraduate Programme recently participated successfully in the accreditation process conducted with DCU Business School by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world's oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools. AACSB accreditation is widely recognised as the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools.

Subjects taught

Programme Structure:
Project and Change Management - OSC1
This module consists of three elements with one assignment per element. In Project Management and Risk Assessment you are introduced to how key project management principles are applied to project planning, project scheduling, project generation, project feasibility selection and initiation and project scheduling techniques. In the second element, Managing Change, the different models of change are described and how these assist in understanding and managing resistance to change, building readiness for change and sustaining change. Finally, an elective where you can choose one element from five options, which currently include Enterprise Systems, Supply Chain Management, Business Analysis and Informatics, Social Context of Information and Internet Systems and Transport and Logistics.

Sustainable Business - OSC2
This module consists of three elements with one assignment per element. In Research Methods 1 you are introduced to Qualitative and Quantitative research methods, while in Business and the Environment you are provided with an understanding of the essential elements of environmental management, including environmental management systems within an organisation and its link to business management. The final element of this module Strategic Management, provides an overview of the development of strategy and strategy making processes and sets it in context.

Management of Clean Technologies - OSC15
This is the core module of the MSc in Management of Clean Technologies programme. The overall aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the challenges involved in the management of companies in the clean technology sector (Cleantec) specifically; Waste Management and Resource Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and Water Treatment and Management.

Evidence based Evaluation and Entrepreneurship - OSC3
This module consists of three elements with one assignment per element. Research Methods II develops the concepts covered in Research Methods 1 by describing the specific research methods in more detail. This element is followed with a programme specific case study which requires assessment of all aspects of a particular situation relevant to the core programme. The final element offers an elective between Legal Frameworks and Entrepreneurship. In Legal Frameworks, you are introduced to Irish Law, court procedure and litigation, remedies and enforcement and will be equipped to understand European Environmental legislation and how this relates to Irish law. In Entrepreneurship you will explore the skill set required to set up your own business or exploit new opportunities in an existing business environment.

Dissertation - OSC20
The Dissertation is a major piece of independent work of 15,000 words in length and gives you the opportunity to bring to bear the techniques and perspectives covered in the taught modules on a specific issue of interest. An independent and critical appraisal of an issue is essential in order to successfully complete the dissertation.

Module Syllabi - Subject Outlines:
Project and Change Management (15 credits) OSC1
Project Management and risk assessment
Managing Change

Electives: Enterprise Systems/Supply Chain Management/Business Analysis and Informatics/Social Context of Information and Internet Systems/Transport and Logistics

Sustainable Business (15 credits) OSC2
Research Methods 1
Business and the Environment
Strategic Management

Management of Clean Technologies (15 credits) OSC15
Waste Management
Water Management
Energy Management

Evidence Based Evaluation and Entrepreneurship (15 credits) OSC3
Research Methods II
Case Study
Legal Frameworks/Entrepreneurship

DISSERTATION (30 credits) OSC20

The table below shows the pathway a student should take depending on their month of entry.

For example, if you are a September intake student, you should follow the table on the left and register for OSC1 and OSC2 in your first year, followed by OSC15, OSC3 and 0SC20 in your second year (OSC20 is optional, this can be taken in the third year if required).

If you are a January intake student, you should follow the first table below and register for OSC2 only in your first year, followed by OSC15 and OSC3 in your second year. Finally, you should register for OSC1 and OSC20 in your third year.Students studying under Springboard have different timeframes for completion of a Certificate or Diploma. For more details of this please see theSpringboard+ website.

September Intake
Year One
OSC1(Modules commence in September)
OSC2(Module commences in January)

Year Two
OSC15 & OSC20*
(Modules commence in September)
OSC3 (Module commences in January)

Year Three

* Students can opt to take OSC20 in either year two or three.

January Intake
Year One
OSC2(Module commences in January)

Year Two
OSC15 (Module commences in September)
OSC3 (Module commences in January)

Year Three
OSC1 & OSC20
(Modules commence in September)

Should you successfully complete OSC1 and OSC2 modules it is possible to request to exit the programme with a Graduate Certificate.

Should you successfully complete OSC1, OSC2, OSC15 and OSC3 it is possible to request to exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Entry requirements


General Entry Requirements
There are five entry routes to the programme:
A Level 8 or higher degree in a relevant discipline (Engineering, Science, Business or Information Technology) from a recognised higher education institution.

Chartered membership of an institution such as the Institute of Engineers of Ireland or a professional body such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

A Level 7 qualification in a subject in a relevant discipline or non-chartered membership of a professional body, along with at least three years relevant managerial work experience.

A level 8 qualification in a non-relevant discipline along with at least three years relevant managerial work experience.

Evidence of substantial relevant managerial work experience. Such applicants will be required to submit a CV and Personal Statement in support of their application and may be required to attend for interview.

In the case of all applicants to Dublin City University evidence must be provided of competence in the English language.

Application dates


Make an Application
All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal.

MSc in Management of Clean Technologies (MCT).

Applications Deadline: 10th of December 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions we have prepared for all applicants.

You can also email us with any questions to: or telephone us directly on 01 700 5481 for further assistance.


2 years. Online Distance Learning. DC918 (September Intake) DC919 (January Intake)

Post Course Info

The blend of skills developed in this programme ensures graduates are suitable for any role in which the management of clean technologies (Cleantech) is important. It covers the environmental issues surrounding industrial processes, including the legislative framework. Graduates from this pathway within the MSc programme will have the knowledge and skills to minimise pollution and resource usage in a manufacturing organisation. As clean technologies become increasingly important to all sectors of the economy, this MSc will add long term value to the learner's career, regardless of existing role.

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