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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 2019 412
  • Duration Four Years
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Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€14,200
About fees & requirements

Climate change, species extinction, pollution, managing waste and recycling are huge challenges that we face and are now at the forefront of public discourse and debate.

These are complex phenomena that we must understand in order to address. Environmental scientists are needed to provide technical solutions and advanced innovations through the application of chemistry, physics and biology.

This degree explores the environment, the technologies used for its analysis, and how it is impacted by our activities from a scientific perspective. Students will consider and probe the problems we face and investigate means for reducing our negative impact on the environment.

Why do this course?

  • Explore the environment through its underlying processes and feedbacks. For example, how is climate and the carbon cycle influenced by human activity?
  • The only environmental science and technology course of its kind in Ireland that provides the wide range of tools required to understand and manage the environment in a more responsible manner.
  • The chance to be involved in environmentally relevant research projects
  • Opportunities to participate in multiple field trips and educational projects
  • Relevant, paid work experience in industry, academia, NGO’s and governmental bodies.
  • Environmental Science and Technology career potential is vast, from research to climate adaptation and from governmental bodies to industry, the possibilities are endless

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

This is a four-year full-time degree course. The four years are broken down as follows:

Year One: learning and developing essential background knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology that are the basis for a career in environmental science. The first field trip occurs in semester 2.

Year Two: building on the four areas of study in year one from an environmental viewpoint, as well as developing IT and computing skills. Modules include Microbiology and Genetics, Pollution and Biosphere, Water Chemistry and Environmental Analysis. Field trips in several subjects.

Year Three:  Climate Change science is introduced, and the study of climate is encouraged through field work and modules such as Environmental Monitoring & Data Analysis. Students continue to develop in environmental aspects of biotechnology, chemistry and physics. Modules include Atmospheric and Aquatic Science and students have the opportunity to gain experience on a paid work (INTRA) placement. This placement can be anywhere that is environmentally relevant. Practical work is conducted in laboratories and through onsite and field trip visits.

Year Four: Specialised modules include Toxicology, Meteorology, Renewable Energy, Soil and Waste Management. Additionally, students will carry out a semester-long research project, with environmentally relevant topics offered from across the entire Science and Health faculty.

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Course Life

Student Testimonials

I completed the EST program in 2018 and am currently involved in an interdisciplinary project which aims to understand coastal processes. Coastal zones are highly sensitive to climate change, with issues such as sea-level rise, ocean acidification, flooding and erosion becoming more severe and more prevalent. My primary role within the project is as the marine chemist, but I will also have to work closely with colleagues from a wide range of fields including biology, oceanography, satellite science and mathematics. The multidisciplinary nature of the EST program has endowed me with a good grounding in environmental science and it has provided me with confidence in my own role and in my interactions with my colleagues.

Daniel Kerr, graduated in 2018


Completing the Environmental Science and Health degree in DCU provided me with the multidisciplinary skills required to thrive in scientific research. Since finishing my degree I have taken part in research expeditions to sample marine sediments in the Atlantic Ocean and test deployable environmental sensors in the Arctic. I am now based in University College London where my research is focussed on investigating the origin of life on earth.”

Sean Jordan, graduated in 2012


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 and wind farms. And 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, Graduated in 2017

 

Careers

The potential careers in environmental science and technology are diverse. The following are just some examples:

  • Any area of environmental research, e.g. global warming, local or regional air, water and soil pollution in universities, public bodies such as the county councils and industry (e.g. Techworks Marine)
  • Environmental protection roles in industry such as pharmaceutical (e.g. Bristol Myers Squibb), manufacturing (e.g. Ipsen Manufacturing Ireland Ltd), semi-conductor (e.g. Intel), the County Councils, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and consultancy companies
  • Waste management roles in companies such as Enrich Environmental Ltd and Covanta
  • Water protection and wastewater treatment in, for example the county councils Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Geological Survey of Ireland and private consultancy companies such as Aquafact International Services Ltd
  • Environmental analytical roles in companies such as IAS Laboratories and public bodies such as Irish Water and Teagasc
  • Environmental advocacy for entities such as An Taisce and Global Action Plan
  • Parks and Wildlife officer in, for example the National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • The marine industry, e.g. BIM, Altemar Environmental consultants
  • Research funding bodies such Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
  • Green Economy, e.g. The Green Economy Foundation
  • The agricultural industry, e.g. environmental officer with the Department of Agriculture, EPA and the many consultancies involved in this industry
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Officer
  • Pollution Control
  • Waste Management
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Management

In these areas

Requirements

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

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

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 www.cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

For more information, please contact fees@dcu.ie.


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BSc in Environmental Science and Technology Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €14,200