This novel course applies a multidisciplinary approach to environmental sustainability based on the specialisms of NUI Galway and University of Limerick. You investigate biodiversity and conservation during Semester 1 in NUI Galway, and evaluate urban sustainability in UL for Semester 2. Much of the teaching is delivered through fieldwork in Semester 1 and there is usually a European fieldtrip in Semester 2. You spend Semester 3 undertaking a research project, based at either institution. Assessment is ongoing and there are no exams. You avail of facilities from both colleges throughout the year and will graduate with a jointly awarded degree.
Semester 1: NUI Galway Ecosystem Assessment: Appraise geology, hydrology and biodiversity to undertake ecological assessments. 10 ECTS Biodiversity and Conservation: Assess Nature Conservation legislation, policy and practice in Ireland. 5 ECTS The Environment and Human Health: Evaluate benefits to health from biodiversity. 5 ECTS Environmental Problems and Solutions: Critique and develop innovative solutions to real world problems. 10 ECTS
Semester 2 University of Limerick Material and Energy Flows: Review attributes of material and energy flows within urban systems. 9 ECTS Urban Form and Transport: Evaluate impacts of urban form and transport:on the environment. 9 ECTS Urban Household Sustainability: Analyse attributes of household consumption and explore household sustainability. 6 ECTS Sustainable Life-cycle Engineering: Judge policies and design approaches to tackle problems facing the electronic sector. 6 ECTS
Semester 3 Research Project: 30 ECTS. Individual dissertation based either at NUI Galway or University of Limerick
You learn how to undertake assessments to comply with legislation.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
You pitch your year-long environmental role to a panel.
Formal reports to using technology: film, wiki, poster, leaflet formats.
Applied Community Knowledge
You learn how to value stakeholders and engage communities.
Direct experience of sustainable problems and issues
You learn from policy-makers and practitioners working in the field.
This multidisciplinary course equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply to today's competitive workplace.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYMENT
Graduates gained employment in Ireland, UK, USA, Australia, and elsewhere, in diverse areas such as: University researcher; PhD student; industry based environmental management, environmental analyst, environmental consultant, environment, health and safety officer, environmental quality control officer; consultancy based climate change researcher, waste management officer, agri-environment advisor. Graduates also work for biomedical companies and local authorities.