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Course Title
Faculty of Science and Health

Environmental Science and Technology

BSc in Environmental Science and Technology

  • CAO CodeDC166
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Min Points 2018 371
  • Duration Four Years

In recent years, environmental concerns such as diminishing fossil fuel reserves, radioactive and general waste management, and climate change have captured the imagination of the public and politicians alike.

This course explores the environment, the technologies used for its analysis, and how it’s impacted by our activities from a scientific perspective. You’ll consider and probe the problems we face, and investigate means for reducing our negative impact on the environment.

The programme examines elements of physics, chemistry and biology from an environmental perspective. The integration of these disciplines leads to a broad knowledge of environmental influencers and makes you an attractive candidate for employers.

Why do this course?

  • The only environmental science and technology course of its kind in Ireland
  • Choice of specialisation in two of three streams: chemistry, physics or biotechnology
  • Research projects in chemistry, physics and biotechnology
  • Opportunities to participate in multiple dedicated field trips
  • Relevant paid work experience
  • Environmental science and technology are growth areas, offering excellent career prospects

Student Voice


Dublin City University’s ethos of creating employable and skilled graduates for industry is embraced and well represented in the structure of its Environmental Science and Technology undergraduate course. The course places an emphasis on practicality, with laboratory work and on site visits throughout. The Faculty go to great lengths to make the course as engaging as possible, with industry leading guest lecturers, and various fields trips to sites like the Burren, waste treatment plants, wind farms and many more. In recent years the course has been restructured to allow students more freedom to tailor their studies to subjects they are most passionate about, while still providing a strong interdisciplinary grounding.

Sean J Walpole, Graduate

About the course

Year One of the Environmental Science and Technology course provides the essential background knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology.

In Year Two, you’ll continue to build on your knowledge in these areas from an environmental viewpoint, as well as develop IT and computing skills.

In Year Three, you choose two out of the three streams of biotechnology, chemistry and physics, developing specialised skills in your areas of interest. You’ll explore employer-relevant environmental issues, including legislation and health and safety, and have the opportunity to work on a paid industrial (INTRA) placement. Practical work is conducted in modern science laboratories and through onsite and field trip visits.

In Year Four you’ll continue with your chosen specialism. Additionally, you’ll carry out a semester-long research project, with topics offered from across the entire Science and Health Faculty.

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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


Environmental science is a rapidly growing area, offering careers in:

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Officer
  • Pollution Control
  • Waste Management
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Management

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of O3 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O3 or H5 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE B Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE B in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

FETAC Level 5

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Transfer Applications

Please contact Registry for further information

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here