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PgCert, PgDip & MSc in Sustainable Development

Course Description

This course, which includes a work placement, provides a broad knowledge and understanding of sustainable development including the issues, techniques, management and applications relevant to the living and working environment.

The MSc in Sustainable Development aims to produce the environmental professionals who can pursue actions and policies derived from evidence, experience and rigorous evaluation.

The programme aims and objectives are to provide graduates with the skills and ability to interpret principles of sustainable development and translate these into policy responses.

General Structure

The MSc Sustainable Development is a full time course that runs over 15 months at the DIT. Lectures take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays in semesters 1 and 2. Mondays and Tuesdays are allocated to work placement.

The Programme is structured to provide a first semester of modules which ensure that all candidates are exposed to the most current thinking about the core topics of sustainable development – such as ecology, the socio-economic environment, environmental law and institutions etc – while a techniques module ensures that candidates are aware of the research and writing standards necessary for participation in an MSc programme.

The first Semester is also used to prepare the candidate to select a Dissertation topic – largely though the ‘Research Conference’. Two modules – Case Studies (semester 1) and Sustainability and Public policy in a European Context (semester 2) – provide opportunities to visit and experience examples of best practice – both in Ireland and abroad.

The second semester consists almost entirely of optional modules that provide the candidate with exposure to subjects they feel will develop an expertise in a particular aspect of sustainable development.

In the first semester of the programme students have an intensive and in depth introduction to and review of sustainable development as applied in Irish, European and global economies.

In semester 2 students develop an element of specialisation. Students are asked to select 4 modules worth 5 credits from the suite of modules available to the programme (See Optional modules for DT118 for module summaries.)

Entry Requirements

Honours degree in any relevant discipline at 2.2 grade or higher, or equivalent. Eligible candidates may be interviewed where work/career experience is being considered in lieu of academic qualifications.

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