Sustainable Development - Bolton Street

What is... Sustainable Development?

Sustainable Development is at the heart of environmental, social and economic policies being developed and enacted by business, state and NGOs. This course, which includes a work placement, provides a broad knowledge and understanding of sustainable development including the issues, techniques, management and applications relevant to the living and working environment.


The programme aims to provide graduates with the skills and ability to interpret principles of sustainable development and translate these into policy responses.

Each course entrant brings an expertise based on prior learning and or work experience. The MSc Sustainable Development is structured to build on and deepen your knowledge and allow you apply the principles and practices of sustainable development in your own field of expertise or employment. The course also offers you the chance to deepen your knowledge in chosen areas of energy, environment, community development or planning.

Subjects taught

General Structure

The MSc Sustainable Development is a full time course that runs over 15 months at the TU Dublin. Lectures take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays in semesters 1 and 2. Mondays and Tuesdays are allocated to work placement.

You take 10 core 5credit modules, a 25 credit dissertation in semester 1 and 2 and choose three optional modules in semester 2.

The Programme is structured to provide a first semester of modules which gives all candidates the most current thinking about the core topics of sustainable development – in the areas of Environment, Society and Economy. Students select a research topic for their dissertation in semester 1 and do a module on research techniques.

A European study tour (Public policy in a European Context (semester 2) – provides opportunities to visit and experience examples of best practice within Europe. The itinerary for the tour is prepared by the students and a limited amount of funding is available to meet travel costs.

Work Placement is an integral part of the course. All students are assisted in identifying an approved and monitored work placement. Placements change from year to year to reflect the student's interests.

The second semester consists almost entirely of optional modules that will help you develop an expertise in a particular aspect of sustainable development. You select 3 modules worth 5 credits from the suite of modules available to the programme.

These modules run in the first semester unless indicated otherwise.

Climate Change and Policy Analysis
Society and Sustainable Development
Economy and Sustainable Development
Spatial Planning and Sustainable Communities
Transport and Urban Development
Environmental Law and Institutions II
Sust. Devel. & Public Policy in a European Context
Research Techniques
Progress and Placement

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
Honours Bachelor Degree in any relevant discipline at 2.2 grade or higher, or equivalent. Eligible candidates may be interviewed where work/career experience is being considered in lieu of academic qualifications.

Applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Application dates

Applications open from November 2021.

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

Assessment Info

Course assessment is by a combination of written examinations and assignments. Each module is subject to separate assessment.


1 year full-time

Method of Delivery Classroom

15 months: 3rd week in September to mid October

Structure: Lecture programme 30% of total annual hours allocation.

Work Experience: 20% of total annual hours allocation.

Study hours: 50% of total annual hours allocation.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: 01/09/2020.

Post Course Info

Graduates are eligible for a wide range of posts in Irish and International enterprises, both public and private, in both the manufacturing and service sectors. Generally students tend to seek or get employment with the skills they developed in their primary degree but with the added advantage of having an in depth understanding of the process and application of sustainable development to environmental, economic or social sectors. With work placement and a suitable research dissertation you could develop the skills needed to help focus your career in a sector that is of particular interest to you.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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