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Environmental Protection - Online

About this Programme
Environmental protection is one of the disciplines where there is a steady demand for skilled professionals. It is an excellent area to pursue in further education and you can start now.

The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Protection
• gives you the framework and tools needed to operate effectively
• will strongly position you within the marketplace
• will help you to realise your career and educational aspirations.

This flexible programme in the theory and practice of environmental protection is designed for those who have, or who aspire to have, environmental responsibilities but who may lack sufficient formal training in the area. A broad range of environmental topics is addressed and integrated to provide current environmental management, technical and legislative skills to participants covering a range of areas including water quality and supply, ecology, geology, biology, water and waste management and sustainability.

There are six subjects; Water Pollution, Air Pollution, Waste Management, Environmental Systems, Environmental Management, Noise and Energy.

Each of the six subjects on the Postgraduate Diploma is a stand-alone 10 credit unit. A participant may choose to opt out of the course and gain single subject certificates for those subjects that have been successfully completed. More often, participants will complete the six subjects on the course and gain the award of Postgraduate Diploma.

Outline of the course operation
As mentioned already, there are six 10-credit subjects on the Postgraduate Diploma. Each subject runs for a period of 3 months. The six subjects run consecutively over two academic years.

There is one (occasionally two) workshop per subject. The workshops take place on a Friday and Saturday.

A Course Coordinator oversees the entire course to offer support and advice throughout the two years.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma at merit or greater are eligible to continue on to the MSc, a further 1 year of study. The MSc enables students to specialise in an area of their choice.

Entry requirements

Participants must have one of the following academic qualifications:

1) Hold an honours degree (L8) in science or engineering awarded by a recognised degree awarding body or,

2) Hold a relevant ordinary degree (L7) in science or engineering and have obtained a minimum of three years relevant post-qualification experience.


2 years online

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

You will be qualified to work in areas such as environmental management, enforcement, waste management, wastewater treatment, air pollution control and research and development. The career opportunities in this field are varied and include working in industry, environmental consultancy, education and regulatory authorities. Upon achieving honours in the Postgraduate Diploma you may continue onto the Masters in Environmental Protection which is a dissertation and takes one academic year.

Further enquiries

Online and Part time Admissions
tel: 071 931 8511

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title Credits
Waste Management And Resource Efficiency 10
Energy Systems and Management 10
Environmental Management 10

Semester 2
Title Credits
Water Resource Management 10
Air and Noise Management 10

Semester 3
Title Credits
Noise And Energy 10

Semester 4
Title Credits
Environmental Systems 10

Assessment method

The subjects Water Pollution, Waste Management, Air Pollution, Noise and Energy and Environmental Systems are examined by continuous assessment and by a final written examination which account for 50% and 50% respectively. Continuous assessment comprises online Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), coursework and other assignment work.

The subject Environmental Management is assessed 100% by coursework; there is no end-of-subject examination.

Examinations take place in January and May and are generally held on a Saturday.

Application date

Application Closing Date: 31st August 2020

Course fee

Total €4,500
Per Year €2,250
Per 10 credit module €750

Enrolment and start dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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