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Sustainable Development

Introduction
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.

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.

Aims

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.

Information Handbook

An information handbook is available to download here MSc in Sustainable Development DT118. This is provided to give you an overview of the DT118 programme and contains most of the information displayed on these WebPages.

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.

Duration

Full Time 1 Year

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.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator
Dr Ken Boyle
School of Spatial Planning
College of Engineering & Built Environment
Dept of Environment & Planning DIT Bolton Street Dublin 1
T: 01 402 3814
F: 01 402 3999
E: ken.boyle@dit.ie

Subjects taught

General Structure

The MSc Sustainable Development is a full time course that runs over 15 months at the DIT. 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. For information on some of the host organisations who have participated in the work placement programme please click DT118 Sample List of Work Placements. 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 (See Optional modules for DT118 for module summaries.)

CORE MODULES DT118 MSc in Sustainable Development

These modules run in the first semester unless indicated otherwise. A link to the module descriptor on DIT Coursewise pages is provided with each module outline below.

Ecology

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9028

Climate Change and Policy Analysis

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9032

Society and Sustainable Development

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9062

Economy and Sustainable Development

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9035

Spatial Planning and Sustainable Communities

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9068

Transport and Urban Development

Environmental Law and Institutions II

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9031

Sust. Devel. & Public Policy in a European Context

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9033

Research Techniques

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9006

Dissertation

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9056

Progress and Placement

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Modules/Details/SSPL9057

Elective Modules in Sustainable Development

You select 3 of these modules for semester 2; details of optional/elective modules are at

http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Programmes/Details/DT118

Environmental Management Plans 2

Environmental Design & Management

EU Policy

Law and Local Development

Local Governance, Dev. & Innovation

Management Studies

Place-Making

Renewable Energy Technologies

Spatial Data Assessment/GIS

Sustainable Construction

Sustainable Tour-Policy & Practice

Urban Regeneration & Public Policy

Comment

Location
College of Engineering and Built Environment, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1.

Award
Graduates are eligible for the award of MSc in Sustainable Development of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Timetable / Hours:
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.

Work Placement
Each student will spend a minimum of 14 hours per week (Monday and Tuesday) over a minimum of 16 weeks in an approved and monitored work placement. The dissertations are generally based on his placement.

For information on some of the host organisations who have participated in the work placement programme please click on link in Course Webpage (see link below). This list is by no means exhaustive as the placements change from year to year to reflect the student's interests.

Assessment method

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

Application date

Closing date: 30th April 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September 2017

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