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Environmental Science

MSc Environmental Science

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The study of Applied Environmental Science is critical for establishing policies in environmental assessment, evaluating potential change in environmental quality in response to various land use and other activities, and in the development of management and conservation strategies, as well as contributing to policy formulation. This programme provides graduates with a thorough knowledge of Environmental Science and there is a heavy emphasis on practical training in fieldwork, laboratory analyses, information sourcing, data analysis, planning, reporting and communication.

In collaboration with UCD School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering relating particularly to water quality, hydrology and waste treatment processes.

This multi-disciplinary Master's course provides fundamental training in key areas of Environmental Science encompassing marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems.

Vision and Values Statement

The MSc in Applied Environmental Science is aimed at students who wish to further develop a career or enhance their current knowledge on environmental science issues and develop practical field and laboratory skills relevant to implementing environmental policies. We value students that are dedicated, motivated, and develop a specialist knowledge and apply a critical approach to address ever increasing environmental issues. We aim to provide a learning environment that directs students to current information and that develops key skills necessary to source, critically analyse, evaluate, synthesise and report relevant environmental information. This course is based on core and elective modules delivered as lectures, on-line resources, tutorials, practicals, field exercises and require both individual and group work. With the aim of developing a range of work related skills assessments include the preparation of reports, critical essays, computer based assignments, field surveys, presentations and group projects. A work placement in an agency servicing the environmental sector is undertaken during the third semester obtaining industry relevant skills. The course draws on a number of leading academic staff that actively participates in environmental research spanning a range of disciplines informing the material presented.

Programme Outcomes

Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theoretical background that underpins environmental issues.

Demonstrate awareness and working understanding of the legislation related to the environmental sector.

Have the ability to source, evaluate and synthesise current scientific information related to environmental issues and produce industry ready reports with justifiable recommendations made and conclusions drawn.

Have a good working knowledge of field surveying methods to obtain relevant environmental information and demonstrate a practical ability to conduct common faunal and flora surveying techniques.

Have the ability to work with environmental data, understand the methods used to collect different types of data, conduct descriptive and analytical statistics.

Through work experience develop an understanding of how the knowledge gained can be applied to the work environment and develop skills necessary to work effectively in the work place.

Demonstrate effective and clear oral and written communication skills and show an ability to use appropriate software typically applied to communicate within the environmental sector.

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with a primary degree in Science, Engineering, Geography, Architecture or a related subject. An upper second class honours, or international equivalent is required.

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.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Our graduates are building successful varied careers in environmental resources assessment, management and protection.

A considerable number have been employed in consultancy positions and some are also with the Inland Fisheries Ireland, Department of the Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Some graduates have also continued their studies at PhD level in the areas of fisheries, biomass fuels, soil, water engineering and invertebrate ecology.

Further enquiries

Contact Name:
Jan-Robert Baars
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 2395

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Soil Ecology
AESC40130

Quantitative Tools for the Life Sciences
BIOL40390

Introduction to Water Resources Engineering 1
CVEN40220

Introduction to Water Resources Engineering 2
CVEN40230

Essay
ENVB40090

Freshwater Resources Assessment
ENVB40120

Global Change Ecology
ENVB40130

Thesis
ENVB40180

Vegetation Ecology
ENVB40300

G.I.S. (Level 4)
GEOG40770

Environmental Geology
GEOL40300

Stage 1 - Option

Wildlife Conservation
AESC40150

Remote Sensing
ARCH41070

Waste Management
BSEN30240

Water Waste and Environmental Modelling
CVEN40570

Integrated Municipal Solid Was
CVEN40580

Marine Community Ecology
ENVB40020

Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVB40040

Ecotoxicology and Air Quality
ENVB40070

Ecological Modelling
ENVB40290

Analyses for Environmental Investigations
ENVB40510

Field-Based Freshwater Fisheries Investigations
ZOOL40430

Application date

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

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Environmental Science FT (X062)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MSc Environmental Science PT (X204)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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