The taught M.Sc. degree in Environmental Sciences, as the first of
its kind in Ireland, has an established pedigree, attracting students
with diverse academic backgrounds from Ireland and abroad.
This full-time, intensive course is intended for administrative
and scientific workers and new graduates with an appropriate
biological/earth science background. It comprises a series of
taught modules encompassing a variety of current environmental
themes, followed by a five-month, research project. There is
also the possibility to opt for a diploma course in Environmental
Sciences, consisting of the taught modules only.
The course provides students with a wide range of knowledge
and skills relating to the expanding subject of Environmental
Science. It aims to provide a firm scientific understanding of
current environmental issues that will be of relevance to those
interested in environmental management and related areas.
The course provides a foundation of understanding of current
environmental policies and legislation, and builds upon this
with practical and theoretical courses that include subjects
such as ocean and coastal management, water resources
and pollution, climate change and environmental impact
assessment. Theory and practice are closely linked to develop
field, analytical, and presentation skills, including dedicated
modules relating to data analysis and Geographic Information
Systems. The course provides the opportunity to develop
interests in particular areas of Environmental Science through
tutorials, seminars and an extended desk study.
Following successful completion of the taught part of the course,
students embark on a closely supervised research project
intended to expand the skills and knowledge base acquired
in earlier modules. Previous research projects have covered a
diverse range of subjects including: groundwater contamination;
atmospheric heavy metal deposition; environmental education;
sewage processing systems; bio-indicators of marine pollution;
and the impacts of erosion in African lakes.
Previous graduates of this M.Sc. course have been employed
by a range of agencies involved in environmental protection,
as environmental consultants and in local government. Many
graduates have gone on to do further research in a range
of environmentally related disciplines. Graduates from the
course have pursued their interests in environmental sciences
throughout the world.
Information for international students