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Sustainable Environments

Your Course

The environment and human health are inextricably linked. This new multidisciplinary course integrates environment, health and sustainability issues and considers their impact within the natural and built environment. It combines modules from Environmental Science, Engineering and Economics to provide students with experience of research-led learning opportunities that will develop skills in identifying and evaluating sustainable solutions for realworld environmental problems. Field trips to learn from the practical experience of professionals are an essential element of this course. It is open to students from a variety of backgrounds.


1. Do this course if you learn best by doing. You will develop skills that can be used in a wide range of jobs.

2. Do this course if you want to work with people, in the environmental field.

3. Do this course if you want a practical and applied career.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Places are limited (15) and selection is based on each candidate's academic record/relevant experience, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

Applicants must have a primary degree with a second class honours, or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Relevant disciplines include science, marine science, engineering, environmental science, geography, social science, health promotion, engineering, economics or other related disciplines.

Applicants who do not have an academic background and have relevant experience are welcome to apply. They may be required to attend an interview.


1 year, full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

Graduates with this qualification will pursue a wide range of careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Job opportunities exist within environmental, agri-environmental and sustainability consultancies, or as sustainability officers in companies and corporations. Graduates may also find employment within national, regional and local government sectors. Graduates may also go on to further research.

Further enquiries


Caitríona Carlin

T: +353 91 493 863


Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See the weblink below for full details of when and how to apply.

Online Application

Applications to most postgraduate programmes at NUI Galway are made online via

The application system will be open from 1 October 2019 to accept applications for entry to the 2020–21 academic year.

Applications are submitted via an online form, and a step-bystep guide will assist you through the process. Applicants should select the Course Instance Code(s) for the programme(s) that they are interested in, which are available on each course page of this prospectus and are also on each course website ( An application fee will be required and this is a nonrefundable. You will require an active email account to use the system.

Supporting Documents

When making an online application, most programmes require additional documentation to supplement your application, such as an essay, samples of work, a CV, etc. To see what supporting documents, if any, may be required for your programme, please visit: After submitting an application you must then upload the supporting documents.

Enrolment and start dates

2020–21 academic year

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