Institution / University College Dublin
City scape

Rural Environmental Conservation & Management

GradDip Rural Environmental Conservation & Management

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The Graduate Diploma in Rural Environmental Conservation & Management enables students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the rural landscape, the environmental challenges facing it and to develop the necessary skill set to respond to these challenges. This is facilitated through an integrated assessment of the complex relationships between land management practices (particularly agricultural practices), environmental conditions (climatic, geological etc), national and international policy, and the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources within the rural landscape.

- The emphasis placed on understanding the implications (positive and negative) of agricultural management on natural and cultural resources, makes this a unique programme in the area of rural conservation and management.

- Students have the opportunity to undertake field trips, will acquire practical field skills such as plant identification, and have an opportunity to implement these skills within projects.

- Students will receive contributions from a range of experts relevant to rural conservation management.

Course Description
Teaching methods: Modules are delivered through a combination of conventional lectures, field trips (both residential and non-residential), projects, specified learning activities and small group activities.
Students can be expected to be on UCD campus or on related field trips for a total of 8 to 9 weeks over the 18 months duration of the programme.

Class profile: Participants consist of combination of those currently in employment together with more recent graduates

Class size: Approximately 20

Support Services: Library access and support, internet access, printing and photocoping facilities, administrative support.

Entry requirements

- Applicants must hold hold the equivalent of a minimum Lower Second Class Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in a Biological Science, Environmental Science or Animal Science degree programme from a recognised higher education institution.

- Applicants from other disciplines may be considered if they include strong evaluation, analytical and communication skills and have experience of working in the area.

- 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 / 18 Months

GradDip Rural Environmental Conservation & Management (D055) Full Time
GradDip Rural Environmental Conservation & Management (X577) Part Time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science respond to many of the major global challenges such as population growth, global warming, biodiversity, food security and food and health issues. Consequently, the opportunities for graduates globally in this discipline are excellent.

There are a range of potential employers for graduates from this programme including government departments, local authorities, county councils, Environmental Protection Agencies and a range of national and international NGOs. In addition, suitable candidates may progress to PhD study.

Related Programmes
MSc Wildlife Conservation & Management FT
Grad Dip World Heritage Conservation PT
MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management FT
Grad Dip Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Karen Holland
Contact Number: +353 (0) 1 716 7193

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Data Analysis for Biologists
Functional Biodiversity
Human Impact on the Environment

Seminar Presentation
Geographic Information Systems
Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital
Rural Habitat Management
Literature Review(AESC)
Practical Research Skills
Archaeological Heritage

Stage 1 - Option
Wildlife Conservation
One Health
Rural Planning & Environ. Law


Who should apply?
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

This Grad Dip Rural Environmental Conservation & Management is designed for those interested in the management and sustainable use of our natural resources and the rural environment. It is equally appropriate for those currently working within the agri-environment sector and who wish to upskill, or for graduates who wish to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to gain employment within this challenging but very rewarding area.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!