Courses at DCU
School of Chemical Sciences

Environmental Science and Technology

Environmental Science and Technology
CAO Code:
DC166
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
412
+353 (0) 1
700 5288
Programme PDF

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.

 

 

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 Twobuilding 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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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

 

 

 

 

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

Career Areas
Clean Technologies
Consultancy
Energy Systems
Environmental Protection Agency
Green Economy
Non Governmental Organisation
Waste Industry

 

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

 

Career Tags
Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Officer
Pollution Control
Waste Management
Wastewater Treatment
Water Management

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043
Non EU Fee
€14,200

Requirements

Transfer Applications

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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

FETAC Level 5

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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

Leaving Cert

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

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Next Steps

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

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July