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.
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.
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.