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.
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
Progress and Placement
Elective Modules in Sustainable Development
You select 3 of these modules for semester 2; details of optional/elective modules are at
Environmental Management Plans 2
Environmental Design & Management
Law and Local Development
Local Governance, Dev. & Innovation
Renewable Energy Technologies
Spatial Data Assessment/GIS
Sustainable Tour-Policy & Practice
Urban Regeneration & Public Policy