This novel course takes a multidisciplinary approach to environmental sustainability devised by UL and NUIG to respond to rapidly growing interest among students in an environmental/ resource management taught MSc., and to market demands for graduates with more applied knowledge of the environmental sector. Strongly research led, it is unique in that it combines the expertise of both institutions in relation to urban form and function and landscape evaluation and management for conservation in a jointly awarded MSc postgraduate degree.
The 12-month long course comprises new modules taught only at postgraduate level and aims to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience that are needed to pursue successful careers in managing environmental resources sustainability. It includes analysis of our major environmental challenges, including biodiversity conservation, climate change and the accumulation of pollutants. The course will help develop government policy and economic recovery by producing top quality graduates who can contribute to a smart economy and hasten implementation of green technologies. Given the pressure on and competition for limited resources, the course applies an evidence based approach to developing solutions for all system users. Graduates will become technically fluent in selected environmental science theory, policy development, implementation and best practice. Best practice is communicated through study visits, guest seminars, fieldwork and PowerPoint presentations: currently a study visit is made to Malmo, Sweden. Each year the class has included international students, who are able to explain problems and solutions relevant to their countries which helps add an international perspective.