BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science

Key Points

Write to us for more information

Environmental science is the study of the Earth’s physical, chemical and biological processes and human interactions with these processes. It uses a multidisciplinary perspective to consider approaches to protect, preserve and manage the environment. Environmental science has become more important in recent years because of the need to protect the natural and human environment for present and future generations.

Program description

Environmental Science graduates are eligible for any job requiring a degree in a scientific subject, but are particularly suited for positions in:

  • Environmental consultancies
  • Environment and waste divisions of local authorities.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Chemistry Divisions
  • Pharmaceutical, food and other industries
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Government departments concerned with natural resources, heritage, environment and land use

Positions for environmental scientists typically include:

  • Monitor compliance with environmental regulations
  • Waste and natural resources management
  • Pollution monitoring
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Environmental auditing
  • Design environmental management systems
  • Environmental risk assessments

Program structure

Environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, waste and natural resource management, energy production and the protection of human health are now high on the agenda of all governments, resulting in stricter norms and standards. This, in turn, has created a greater need for environmental scientists with appropriate knowledge and training.
  • Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution 
  • Physiology and structure of plants and animals 
  • Habitats and Ecosystems 
  • Introduction to Chemistry for Environmental Scientists 
  • Applied Earth Systems 
  • Environment 
  • Introduction to physical geography 
  • Introduction to geology 
  • Geological evolution of Ireland 
  • Calculus for Science Part 1 
  • Physics for Environmental Sciences I 
  • Practical ecological skills
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Mathematical Modelling for Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry for Environmental Science
  • Practical Environmental Science 
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Quaternary Environments and Geomorphology
  • Introduction to Geoinformatics
  • Introductory Sedimentology for Non-Geologists
  • Physics for Environmental Sciences
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Invertebrate diversity
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental science in the field
  • Environmental Chemistry and Analysis
  • Environmental Science Literature Review
  • Sustainable use of freshwater
  • Ecology and hydrology of wetland systems
  • Environmental remote sensing
  • Sedimentary environments
  • Environmental Physics
  • Biostatistics

  • Introduction to Ecotoxicology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atmospheric environment
  • Coastal and marine geomorphology
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • Geo hazards and research skills
  • Valuing the Environment
  • Plants and hostile environments
  • Invertebrate practical skills
  • Advanced Ecotoxicology
  • Landscape management and conservation
  • Biology and Management of Exotic Species
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Advanced analytical chemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry and air pollution
  • Practical coastal marine science
  • Environmental job placement
  • Climate variability and change
  • Market forces and the environment
  • Food production
  • Environmentally protective management of pests and plant pathogens
  • Crop physiology and climate change
  • Biostatistics


*Module availability may change from year to year.

Admission requirements

  • As a general requirement, a Bachelor’s Degree / Baccalaureate Diploma / General Baccalaureate / Professional Degree from a recognized university is required. 
  • In the case of international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, a degree officially translated into English will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognised equivalent).

Learn more about our educational offer

More than 10,000 students have put their trust in us

Study and work abroad, live this experience that will change your life