School of History and Geography

Climate and Environmental Sustainability

climate environmental sustainability
CAO Code:
DC294
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.nfq.ie for further information
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points
475
Duration
Three/Four Years
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Climate change is not only the defining issue of our generation but also of the next generation. Humans have caused so much damage and disruption to our global environment that our own existence is now at stake, as are those of many animals and natural habitats around the world. It is vital that humanity acts to address this issue and the world needs trained experts who can help.

If you are deeply concerned about climate change and our environment, and fascinated by how we affect the landscape and how the landscape affects us, this specialist environmental geography programme could be perfect for you. 

Taking a multi-faceted approach 

This applied geography programme takes a dual approach that is not just about understanding climate change and its consequences, but also about understanding how the environment itself offers solutions. You will learn how to prioritise and implement nature-based solutions, which could involve, for example, supporting biodiversity or natural land use such as retaining flood plains. 

One factor that distinguishes this programme is how it encompasses different disciplines. Not only will students learn topics such as physical geography, climate science and biogeography, but they will also study the social aspects of climate change and become skilled in data analysis. Working geographers must be data-literate as they use spatial analysis and mapping technologies, so the programme has been designed to mirror real-world practice.

“This programme offers a new way of teaching, a new way of learning and a new way of answering the call the environment and the world is putting on this generation. Throughout the programme, you will learn how to understand the key issues and you will be able to go in and inform policy and take action, whether that will be within industry, government or wider society.

Learning rooted in real challenges

With only 20 students on the course, the programme aims to develop a tightly-knit learning community. You will frequently work in teams on engaging challenges based on real data and reflecting issues based on those encountered by industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations, and will frequently meet and hear from industry partners.

You will learn and understand through immersive learning approaches such as hackathons, sprints, gamification and challenge-based team learning. You’ll also have the option of a year-long work placement or a year abroad between year two and year three, but can progress directly from year two to three if you prefer.

Climate and Environmental Sustainability: Areas of learning

  • Climate science
  • Geography
  • Ecology
  • Environmental policy
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Remote sensing
  • Food security and human health

Building a vital skillset 

  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Personal agility
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Data literacy and analysis
  • Fieldwork, observation and research
  • Foreign language 

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. DCU has invested over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. The U building is 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.

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.

Darren Clarke, Assistant Professor, DCU School of History and Geography, and Programme Chair, BA in Climate and Environmental Sustainability

“This programme offers a new way of teaching, a new way of learning and a new way of answering the call the environment and the world is putting on this generation. Throughout the programme, you will learn how to understand the key issues and you will be able to go in and inform policy and take action, whether that will be within industry, government or wider society.

A future-facing qualification 

You won’t end up being either a natural or a social scientist, but will have the skillsets of both, and understand how both can work together. This ability to bridge two worlds is a must-have for anyone seeking to have real impact in addressing climate and environmental challenges. 

Furthermore, with data literacy built in throughout the programme, you will find that your skills are much sought after now and in the future

Preparing for a host of careers

Graduates of this programme may end up working with organisations specifically focused on climate change and the environment, but could also work in organisations across the public and private sectors in roles such as: 

  • Climate Scientist
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Data Analyst
  • Environmental Resource Manager
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Strategic Change Manager
  • Conservation Manager

Requirements

Leaving Cert

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

GCE A Level

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

FET Level 5

For details of QQI 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. 

Qualification
EU Transfer Applications

Transfers are not permitted at present

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.

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/QQI FET 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

Transfers are not permitted at present

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 R10 by clicking here