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Environmental Resource Management

MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc in Environmental Resource Management develops graduates with the flexible combination of environmental policy and management expertise necessary to conform to the EU Treaty which states that the environment must be considered in all aspects of European Policy and Practice.

-Fieldwork is involved in many of the modules offered. One module involves a real-life group consultancy exercise in environmental management; designed and delivered by the students.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision and Values Statement
The MSc in Environmental Resource Management is designed for those who wish to undertake advanced studies in the pursuit of a career in the environmental sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on exploring globally important environmental issues, including climate change, and the sustainable management of soil, plant and water resources in agriculture and other land use systems. The programme fosters in its graduates the qualities of self-motivation and critical thinking. For those with an inquiring mind, a deeper understanding of scientific principles relevant in solving agri-environmental and food security concerns is provided, which in combination with understanding of effective policy-making, leads to sustainable management practice. The programme structure is supportive of guided self-learning and provides the opportunity to develop key skills across the agri-environmental sciences. Core elements of the programme include: literature review and knowledge assimilation; core lab, field and IT skills (including use of GIS and remote sensing software); experimental/survey design and quantitative data analysis; and written and verbal communication skills. Use is made of individual and group work assignments designed to develop individual, teamwork and leadership skills. These skills will culminate and be tested further in the final semester, when the student does an independent supervised project.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold minimum Lower Second Class Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in Biological Science, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, Geography, Earth Sciences, Natural Sciences or cognate degree programme from a recognised higher education institution.

Cognate degree programmes would include humanities, arts, business, law and engineering.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 Year Full Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The career prospects for graduates from this programme are wide ranging. Graduates have a very good employment record, with many graduates gaining employment in areas related to their primary degree qualification – albeit at the environmental interface of that discipline. Graduates' roles frequently involve consultancy or advisory work, although some have gained employment with industry, regulatory agencies and local authorities, in education or in academic research. This programme has also allowed some graduates to completely change direction – putting them on a radically different career path (classic examples include moving from economics to an ecology PhD; from IT engineering to agri-environmental management and PhD).

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Catherine Byrne
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 7192

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Data Analysis for Biologists

Research Project (AESC) 2

Human Impact on the Environment

Seminar Presentation

Soil, Plant & Water Resources

Geographic Information Systems

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Literature Review(AESC)

Practical Research Skills

Ecological Modelling

Stage 1 - Option
Wildlife Conservation

One Health

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Law and Policy

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management FT (X089)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management (X089) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 8595
nonEU Year 1 - € 24800

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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