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Environmental Resource Management

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Sustainable management of our environmental resources is at the heart of some of the key challenges facing humanity today; food security, climate change, biodiversity loss, and the protection of water and soil resources.

The MSc in Environmental Resource Management is an established programme that develops graduates with the flexible combination of environmental science, policy and management expertise necessary to address these needs. This programme draws on the academic expertise and diversity available in the School of Agriculture and Food Science; ranked in the top 100 globally in the area of Agriculture and Forestry.

The programme is accessible to candidates from a very broad range of primary degree backgrounds and draws students from Ireland, Europe, and across the world including a successful track record with the Irish Aid Fellowships.

Fieldwork is involved in many of the modules offered, including visits to leading extension/advisory and research programmes in the area of sustainable environmental resource management. The research thesis allows the student to drive their own original research project and develop specific skills.

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 & Value 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.

Programme Outcome
Evaluate the wider environmental issues and challenges of food production and security, and appreciate the objectives of national, EU and international policy

Appreciate the functional benefits of natural processes within managed rural ecosystems

Combine the use of core lab, field and IT skills in scientific study and evaluation

Devise and interpret environmental studies/evaluations involving the collection, appropriate analysis and reporting of resulting observations

Interpret the ecological processes and cycles that underpin sustainable management of natural resources

Understand the key terrestrial ecosystem services such as climate and water regulation and nutrient cycling, and how they may be promoted by effective and sustainable land management practice

Apply learned skills and competencies in environmental consultancy, evaluation and assessment

Integrate scientific understanding in sustainable management and policy approaches

Apply learned skills and competencies in environmental consultancy, evaluation and assessment

Appreciate the functional benefits of natural processes within managed rural ecosystems

Combine the use of core lab, field and IT skills in scientific study and evaluation

Devise and interpret environmental studies/evaluations involving the collection, appropriate analysis and reporting of resulting observations

Evaluate the wider environmental issues and challenges of food production and security, and appreciate the objectives of national, EU and international policy

Integrate scientific understanding in sustainable management and policy approaches

Interpret the ecological processes and cycles that underpin sustainable management of natural resources

Understand the key terrestrial ecosystem services such as climate and water regulation and nutrient cycling, and how they may be promoted by effective and sustainable land management practice

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. Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Duration

1 Year Full Time

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

The career prospects for graduates from the MSc Environmental Resource Management are wide ranging, with environmental management increasingly fundamental to industrial, service and public sectors.

Graduates from this programme respond to many of the major global sustainability challenges and graduates have a very good employment record in a variety of roles, frequently involving consultancy, advisory, engineering or agriculture roles in industry, government and regulatory agencies, NGOs and in research.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Data Analysis for Biologists AESC40180
Research Project (AESC) 2 AESC40370
Human Impact on the Environment AESC40390
Seminar Presentation ESC40400
Soil, Plant & Water Resources AESC40410
Geographic Information Systems AESC40420
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services AESC40440
Literature Review (AESC) AESC40460
Practical Research Skills AESC40470
Ecological Modelling NVB40290

Stage 1 - Option
Wildlife Conservation AESC40150
One Health AESC40360
Environmental Assessment GEOG30860
Environmental Law and Policy LAW30440

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management FT (X089)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *
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* 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 fee per year - € 8875
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

***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: 2020/2021 September

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