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MSc Sustainable Resource Management:  Policy & Practice (ft)

The application process is open for the 2013/14 academic year
(early application is advised)
frequently asked questions Apply Online


This novel course is a multidisciplinary approach to environmental sustainability devised by UL and NUIG to respond to the continuing interest among students in an environmental/resource management taught MSc., and to market demands for graduates with more applied knowledge of the environmental sector. Strongly research led, it is unique in that it combines the expertise of both institutions in relation to urban form and function and landscape evaluation and management for conservation in a jointly awarded MSc postgraduate degree. 

The 12-month long course comprises new modules taught only at postgraduate level and aims to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience that are needed to pursue successful careers in managing environmental resources sustainably. The course will help develop government policy and economic recovery by producing top quality graduates who can contribute to a smart economy and hasten implementation of green technologies. Given the pressure on and competition for limited resources, the course applies an evidence based approach to developing solutions for all system users. Graduates will become technically fluent in selected environmental science theory, policy development, implementation and best practice.


Students who undertake this course will:

  • develop a technical and scientific understanding of sustainability issues and problems associated with management of resource use and management in relation to (a) urban form and function and (b) landscape evaluation and management for conservation.
  • comprehend a range of policy responses in relation to enhancement of sustainability in Irish urban and rural settings, and selected international case studies.
  • synthesise an understanding of the complexity of both natural and socio-economic-natural systems, together with an understanding of existing and innovatory sustainability policy options, to develop a competency in identifying and evaluating optimal policy options.

Programme Content

Semester 1 comprises 3 modules taught in NUI Galway:-  (1)  Ecosystem Assessment;  (2) Biodiversity and Conservation and  (3) Environmental Problems and Solutions

Semester 2 comprises 4 modules taught in UL:-  (1)  Material and Energy Flows;  (2) Urban Form and Transport;  (3) Urban Household Sustainability and  (4) Sustainable Life-cycle Engineering

Semester 3
Research Project based either at UL or NUI Galway.


Specific career opportunities such as Sustainability Officers, Ecological Consultants and Environmental Advisors exist within government agencies, public bodies, NGOs, environmental planning and engineering consultancies with an emphasis on sustainable design, corporate companies on a national and international scale.  In addition, opportunities for further research exist. 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 environmental entrepreneurship and sustainability sector enabling them to take on managerial roles within an industrial / corporate setting, or within a regulatory body or consultancy firm. 

Entrance Requirements

At least a second class honours primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in an appropriate discipline, or a professional or other equivalent qualification recognised by both the University of Limerick and NUI Galway. This course is suitable for graduates with a primary degree in the Environmental Sciences/Engineering/Economics or Geography/Biological Sciences/Ecology  and Earth Sciences who wish to extend their knowledge and skills for a career related to resource management. Mature students with relevant experience are most welcome to apply. A strong personal statement demonstrating interest in the course is also essential as this will be considered as part of the application. Applicants may be required to attend for interview.

What to Upload with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • An up-to-date CV (curricumum vitae)
  • A copy of your Birth certificate (long document)

Application Fee

An application fee will apply from January 2011 to all postgraduate programmes.  Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the application fee.


Course Coordinator:
Dr Caitríona Carlin
Rm 206, Applied Ecology Unit,
Centre for Environmental Science,
School of Natural Sciences,
NUI Galway
Tel : 353-91-493 863

Course Director University of Limerick
Professor Richard Moles
Faculty of Science + Engineering
Tel:  353-61-202817


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