Master of Science in Environmental Technology


Program Description

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The programme addresses the demand for graduates who have the skills to develop technological solutions for air, water and soil protection in existing and emerging sectors across the industry (particularly agri-food and bioresources), consulting companies and regulatory authorities. This programme will enable its students to acquire skills in the areas of environmental engineering, risk assessment, air pollution, waste management, life cycle assessment, buildings and environment, energy systems and sustainable environment. Students will enhance their ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multi-disciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

This programme is delivered by a highly research-intensive School comprised of a European Research Council Fellow and six Marie Curie Fellowships. Opportunities for site visits and industry internships are provided where possible. Dr Tom Curran the academic coordinator has received teaching and research awards from UCD, the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and most recently the prestigious Fulbright Award (TechImpact). The UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering consistently wins up to €3 million in annual research funding.

Curricular information is subject to change.

Who should apply?

Full-Time option suitable for:
  • Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes
  • International (Non-EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision and Values Statement

The MSc Environmental Technology Programme is aimed at science, engineering and technology graduates who wish to pursue a career in developing, implementing and managing solutions to minimise the environmental impact of emissions to air, soil and water. Our students will become active and independent learners, who will bring a critical and integrated approach to solving environmental challenges, both in local and global contexts. The programme modules are delivered by internationally recognised research-active academic staff through lectures, online learning materials, practicals, technical site visits and problem-based learning. Assessments include a mix of written examinations, oral presentations, video creation, reports, and theses, carried out individually or as teams. There are also opportunities for peer assessment, both internally within the class and externally within an international network. The programme can lead to career opportunities in regulatory authorities, environmental consultancies, industry and research.

Programme Outcomes

  • Ability to work effectively as an individual and in teams together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including design of supporting materials, for communicating with scientific stakeholders and practitioners.
  • Knowledge and competency to design, organise and conduct scientific environmental research, and contribute to the development of innovative technologies for solving environmental problems.
  • Knowledge and understanding of health & safety issues associated with work in various environments.
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy, legislation and technology relating to environmental emissions to air, soil and water.
  • Understanding and skills to apply scientific principles and analysis techniques governing environmental technologies in relation to sustainable development.
  • Understanding of the need for high ethical standards and professionalism.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity

Graduates of this masters can find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Engineering Consultancy
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Eco-Consulting and Design
  • Public Services
  • Research

What modules can I take?

Stage 1 - Core
  • Buildings and Environment, BSEN30020
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment for Human and Animal Health, BSEN30060
  • Environmental Engineering, BSEN30280
  • Life Cycle Assessment, BSEN30360
  • Thesis, BSEN40090
  • Advanced Air Pollution, BSEN40110
  • Waste to Energy Processes & Technologies, BSEN40320
  • LCA Applications, BSEN40400
  • Research and Teaching Methods, BSEN40460
  • Energy Systems & Sustainable Environments, CPSC40330

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

MSc Environmental Technology (X565) Full-Time
  • EU: fee per year - € 8085
  • non-EU: fee per year - € 25600

***Fees are subject to change.

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with minimum second class honours or international equivalence in a Science, Engineering, Agricultural Science or Environmental Science programme. Please note this list is not exhaustive.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.


Graduate Profile - Padraig Keating, Enva

"For my undergraduate, I studied Agricultural Environmental Sciences in UCD and I am currently studying the Environmental Technologies masters in the school of Biosystems and Food Engineering in UCD. When deciding what to do near the end of my undergraduate it seemed the right fit for me to carry on my education, so I applied for the environmental technologies masters which has a duration of 12 months, as I felt it was the most applicable programme available to my undergraduate programme. Since then I haven’t looked back, the course develops a further understanding of environmental conditions both in Ireland and globally. It also looks at air, water and soil pollution and ways to prevent or reduce such issues with the use of abatement technologies and alternatives to fossil fuels."

This master has opened up employment opportunities for me going forward and after I complete my thesis I look forward to finding employment in the water preservation and contamination industry.

Facilities and Resources

The UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering hosts the only olfactometry laboratory in a university on the island of Ireland. This is a unique facility which is used for the measurement of environmental odours from a range of sources such as landfills, wastewater treatment plants and intensive agricultural units. The data produced can be combined with meteorological information and atmospheric dispersion models to generate contour plots of predicted odour nuisance around such sites.

Last updated Dec 2019

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