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This innovative course offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental sustainability designed to respond to the continuing interest of students in an MSc in environmental management and the market demands for graduates with a more applied knowledge of the environmental sector. Strongly research-led, it is unique in that it combines urban form and function and landscape assessment and management for conservation in a jointly awarded postgraduate masters degree.
The 12-month course comprises new modules taught at postgraduate level only and aims to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to pursue successful careers in sustainable environmental resource management. The course will help develop government policy and economic recovery by producing high quality graduates who can contribute to a smart economy and accelerate the implementation of green technologies. Given the pressure and competition for limited resources, the course applies an evidence-based approach to develop solutions for all users of the system. Graduates will technically master selected environmental science theory, policy development, implementation and best practices.
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This programme brings together theory, policy and practice to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to pursue successful careers in managing environmental resources sustainably. As the course is structured around research at both NUI Galway and the University of Limerick, which is strongly linked to decision makers in industry and government organisations, it will develop graduates with the skills needed to identify and evaluate solutions to real-world problems.
Semester 1 – Fall
3 modules taught at NUI Galway: – 3 modules taught at NUI Galway: – 3 modules taught at NUI Galway: – 3 modules taught at NUI Galway
Semester 2 – Spring
4 modules taught at UL: –
Semester 3 – Summer
Specific career opportunities exist as Sustainability Officers, Ecological Consultants and Environmental Advisors within government agencies, public bodies, NGOs, environmental planning and engineering consultancies with an emphasis on sustainable design, corporate firms nationally and internationally. In addition, there are opportunities for further research. Opportunities exist within the ‘green’ economy as governments, NGOs and large corporations must work to meet environmental targets set within international obligations. Graduates will acquire translational and multidisciplinary skills in the sustainability sector and environmental entrepreneurship, enabling them to take on managerial roles within an industrial/corporate environment, or within a regulatory body or consultancy firm.
Graduates of this programme have found relevant employment in Ireland, UK, USA, and elsewhere as university researchers; PhD students; in industry-based environmental management, environmental analyst, environmental quality control officer; consultancy-based climate change researcher; in non-governmental conservation organisations, in government organisations such as the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
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