Sustainable Resource Management - Policy & Practice


1. This novel course is a multidisciplinary approach to environmental sustainability devised by NUI Galway and UL.

2. The course is structured around research that is strongly linked to decision makers in industry and government organisations. In undertaking the course, students will develop the necessary skills to identify and evaluate solutions for real-world problems.

3. The course meets the needs of those graduates with continued interest in a sustainability-based, taught MSc and responds to market demands for graduates with more applied knowledge of the environmental sector. The course aims to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience required to pursue successful careers in managing environmental resources sustainably.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
At least a Second Class Honours primary degree (Level 8—National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in an appropriate discipline, or a professional or other equivalent qualification recognised by both the University of Limerick and NUI Galway. Appropriate disciplines include Environmental Sciences; Engineering or Geography; Biological Sciences; Ecology and Earth Sciences. Mature students with relevant experience are most welcome to apply. Applicants may be required to attend for interview.

Subjects taught

The Course
Semester 1 comprises four modules taught in NUI Galway: Ecosystem Assessment (10 ECTS); Biodiversity and Conservation (5 ECTS); Environment and Human Health (5 ECTS); and Environmental Problems and Solutions (10 ECTS). Semester 2 comprises four modules taught in the University of Limerick (UL): Material and Energy Flows (9 ECTS); Urban Form and Transport (9 ECTS); Urban Household Sustainability (6 ECTS); and Sustainable Lifecycle Engineering (6 ECTS). Semester 3: research project worth 30 ECTS, based either at UL or NUI Galway.


1 year, full-time.

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Career opportunities
Opportunities exist within the green economy as governments, NGOs and corporations must work to meet environmental targets set under international obligations. Graduates work in the following areas: industry-based environmental management, environmental analysis, environmental consultancy, agri-environmental advice, waste management policy, environmental quality control, consultancy-based climate change research, or as researchers, or for non-governmental conservation organisations and local authorities.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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