Entry requirements

Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

The Diploma is a one-year postgraduate course designed
to provide civil engineers and other suitably qualified
graduates with a sound knowledge of present day practice in
environmental engineering. The course has special relevance
for local authority engineers but it has also been designed
for those in the private sector who have a particular interest
in environmental management with a particular emphasis
on measures of quantitative assessment. Topics covered in
the course include air quality, noise, hydrological processes,
water and wastewater treatment, solid and toxic waste
management, fire safety engineering and environmental
monitoring and control. Environmental Impact Studies
and analysis of risk, as an inherent part of infrastructural
development, are also considered. This course has been
approved by Engineers Ireland as meeting its requirements
for continuing professional development.
Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7–10 pm and
Saturday morning 9.30am–12.30 pm each week throughout
the two semesters (September to April). In addition to
attending lectures, participants are required to submit
coursework as part of the students’ assessment.
Course Content:
1. Environmental legislation, EIA and EIS
2. Hydrology for environmental management
3. Water and wastewater engineering
4. Air quality and noise monitoring and management
5. Solid and hazardous wastes
6. Fire safety engineering
7. Renewable energy
Special topics including water borne diseases, radiation
Assessment: The award of a Postgraduate Diploma in
Environmental Engineering is based on a combination of
the results of two examination papers and coursework.
Each paper constitutes one third of the overall assessment.
The mark for the coursework also constitutes one third of
the overall grade. Students must pass each paper and the
coursework element independently; there is no system of
compensation. The pass mark for the examination papers is
40%. A Distinction is awarded to those who obtain an overall
average mark of 70% or over in both the coursework and two
papers combined at the summer examination. The Diploma
awarding ceremony takes place in November.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Aonghus McNabola
+353-1-896 1457