MSc in Environmental Science

Trinity College Dublin

Program Description
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MSc in Environmental Science

Trinity College Dublin

MSc in Environmental Science

Welcome to the MSc in Environmental Science webpages: the first environmental science course developed in Ireland.

Here you will find details of modules offered within the course, student’s previous experiences and application details.

This one year, full-time postgraduate qualification will lead to a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences. The course aims to produce environmental scientists with an interdisciplinary background able to tackle the broadest range of environmental protection issues.

The programme

The taught MSc degree in Environmental Science has an established pedigree, attracting students with diverse academic backgrounds for 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.

The course provides students with a wide range of knowledge and skills relating to 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 and understanding of current environment policies and legislation, and building on this with practical and theoretical courses.

Course overview

The overall aim of the course is to promote students understanding of environmental science, and their capability to apply that knowledge to current environmental issues. Students should develop the necessary intellectual skills and the practical expertise to enable them design and execute high quality independent research and become skilled environmental communicators.

The course is taught through a variety of methods including lectures, practicals, field-based learning, guided reading, discussion groups and web-based tools. Over the course of their studies students will undertake two individual projects; one of which is desk-based, and the second, an experimental research project. Assessment procedures are similarly varied and include essay writing, oral presentations, web-based tests, examinations and assessment of dissertations.

The learning approach adopted has been designed to encourage students’ independent critical thinking skills and academic excellence, whether coming to the course directly from a previous degree or from industry.

Course Modules

  • Induction week and Introduction to environmental science
  • Environmental and chemical analysis
  • Hydrology and Groundwater quality
  • Earth system science I: Deep time
  • Earth system science II: Environmental and climate change
  • Environmental policies
  • Waste and Energy management in Urban Environments
  • Data handling and analysis
  • Practical environmental skills
  • Individual desk study
  • Project planning
  • Individual research project

Entry requirements

Applications for admission are accepted from:

(i) holders of first or upper second class honors degrees, or their overseas equivalent, awarded by recognised universities, institutions and degree awarding bodies. (ii) holders of other degrees or relevant qualifications including professional qualifications, who have at least three years work experience in an environmental profession.

The closing date for applications is 30th of June 2014. Late applications from well-qualified applicants may be considered provided all the places on the course have not been allocated.

Applications must be made online. For further information on applying to taught courses in Trinity College is available from Trinity Graduate Studies.

Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in this language through one of the well-established international standard tests: Examinations Minimum Level Required IELTS Grade 6.5 TOEFL 230 – computer based 570 – paper based 88 – internet based Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Advanced English Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Proficiency in English Pearson Vue English Minimum score of 63 to be Language Test eligible (with no section score below 59)

Please note that these are the only forms of English Language Certification that we accept.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 24, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
13,208 EUR
Ireland - Dublin
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Ireland - Dublin
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EU €6,738 NON-EU €13,208