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Environmental Policy

MSc Environmental Policy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This one year Masters is designed to equip students with essential knowledge about environmental sustainability, and policy and governance frameworks for environmental action, while also developing key professional tools to enable graduates to apply new skills creatively in their future careers.

The programme takes an international perspective on environmental issues and explores the increasingly complex environmental challenges that societies and governments face across the globe, addressing contemporary environmental debates such as Climate Change, Water Policy, Energy Security and Sustainability, and Urban Resilience.

During the one year degree you will have the opportunity to study both core and specialised modules in environmental policy. Teaching is focused on areas and skills within environmental policy-making, such as:

Environmental Economics
Climate Policy
Energy Transitions
Urban Risk and Resilience
Policy Design and Analysis
European Environmental Policy and Politics
Research Methods Training.

You also have the opportunity to choose specialist option modules from a broad, interdisciplinary range.

Students also undertake an integrated group project (Professional Tools for Sustainable Development) to provide practice-based insights into environmental policy-making. Finally, you will have the opportunity to further enhance your specialist interests during the completion of a thesis in the third semester.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

As the MSc provides both introductory and specialised modules in Environmental Policy, we welcome applications from students with a background in a diverse range of academic subjects including social sciences and arts, environmental sciences, law and business studies, engineering, humanities and cultural/media studies.

Programme outcomes:
On successful completion of the programme students should be able to: Appreciate environmental policy research, develop skills as autonomous researchers, and recognize the value of research as an input into improved policy making and policy implementation.
Understand how environmental policy is operationalised within the wider political, institutional and legal frameworks, and understand the social, economic and political context that informs approaches to achieve sustainable development.
Apply their professional knowledge using tools and transferable skills to generate integrated and evidence-based responses to environmental challenges, including climate change, to achieve a more resilient and sustainable future.
Demonstrate effective research, policy analysis tools and evaluation skills and the ability to develop evidence-based policy proposals.
Communicate effectively verbally, graphically and through written documents and to communicate concepts, knowledge and conclusions to peers, specialist and non-specialist audiences within an interdisciplinary environment.
Work effectively both on their own and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary context.
Understand the challenges and responsibilities of assessing tradeoffs in their response to environmental challenges and be open to critically assessing, debating and reflecting on these, and acting in the interests of the common good.
Acknowledge the spatial consequences of policy approaches, and recognize the importance of fairness in environmental policy processes and outcomes.

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in any discipline such as social sciences and arts, environmental sciences, law and business studies, or engineering.

At least lower 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.


1 year full-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

The MSc in Environmental Policy is designed to provide you with key knowledge, skills and professional tools to work in environment-related careers. These employment areas include:

Policymaking and Public Sector
Policy and Environmental Consultancy
Management (e.g. corporate environmental responsibility)
Media and Communications
Research and Teaching
Environmental NGOs and Lobby Groups
Environmental Regulatory Bodies

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning PEP40100

European Environmental Policy PEP40560

Thesis PEP40600

Tools for Sust Development PEP40610

Research Design & Methods PEP40640

Urban Env: Risk, Resil, Sust EP40700

Environmental Assessment PEP40800

Environmental Economics & Climate Policy PEP40830

Env Politics & Energy Transitions PEP40870

Governing Nature PEP40880


A structured combination of foundation and specialised modules, practice-based learning and independent research

An opportunity to tailor your studies to your specialist interests

A focus on developing key professional skills, knowledge and tools

The School has an established international track record as a leading research centre in environmental policy

An interdisciplinary learning environment

Application date

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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