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Climate and Environmental Sustainability

Course Details

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Three/Four Years
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Develop a unique set of skills to tackle climate and environmental issues facing industry and policy makers today



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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. 

Applied geography course

The BA in Climate and Environmental Sustainability is an applied geography programme that is not just about understanding climate change and its consequences, but also about understanding how the environment itself offers solutions. If you have a keen interest in issues relating to the environment such as improving water quality and managing biodiversity, this degree is ideal for you. 

Innovative course topics and fieldwork

You can expect to study topics related to climate change and environmental sustainability across multiple disciplines. Plus you will have the chance to get up close and personal to the issues you’re learning about by visiting case study sites where environmental change is occurring and examining the main challenges facing Ireland. Some of the issues you can expect to engage with relate to improving water quality, managing biodiversity, and dealing with climate change from both physical and human geography perspectives.

Skills attractive to employers

Through this course we will help you understand the importance of collecting good data and help you develop strong analytical skills. Together with other essential skills in research, teamwork and problem-solving - this course will prepare you for work in climate and environment-related fields.

Three or four year degree

You can complete the BA in Climate and Environmental Sustainability degree in three years, or choose to take an extra year either to study abroad or complete an INTRA placement.

DCU People

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Darren Clarke

Hi, I’m Darren Clarke and I’m Chair of the Bachelor in Climate and Environmental Sustainability (BCES). They say when you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Read more about Darren Clarke

Careers & Further Options

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You won't end up being a either a natural or a social scientist, but will have the skillsets of both, and understand how both can work together. The ability to bridge two worlds is a must- have for anyone seeking to have a 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. 

Graduates of this programme may end up working with organisations specifically focused on climate change and the environment, but could also work in organisaions across the private and public sector in roles outlined below. 

  • Academia
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Community development
  • Diplomatic services
  • Environmental conservation
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGO’s)
  • Industry
  • Public sector
Climate scientist
Sustainability manager
Environmental consultant
Environmental data analyst
Environmental resource manager
Environmental researcher
Corporate social responsibility manager
Strategic change manager
Conservation manager

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.


Entry Requirements

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

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

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


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No entry path

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.

Course Structure

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The BA in Climate and Environmental Sustainability is unique because it provides a balanced approach to both natural and social science modules related to geography, climate and environmental sustainability. Classes on this course will be smaller than is typical with a class size of 20 students. 

During the course:

  • 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.
  • You will frequently meet and hear from industry partners.
  • You will study innovative modules such as climate change, biogeography, sustainable food security, environmental ethics, environmental economics, environmental data analysis, and natural ecosystem solutions.
  • You will engage in a residential field module as an integral part of this course, which provides an opportunity to collect environmental data and engage with environmental and climate issues at a local scale.

Learning a foreign language
Language courses are available to you if you wish to learn a language at a more relaxed pace alongside your degree. This is not part of your degree, but if you choose this option, you will obtain extra credit and certification for this. We offer courses in seven languages - Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. These can be taken from beginners (apart from French and German) to advanced level. 

Study abroad
Studying abroad provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the culture of another country and greatly enhances your language skills. You will have an option to study abroad for a year at one of our partner universities in Year 3 and complete the final year of your degree in Year 4 in DCU. (The option to study abroad is offered on merit once you fulfil the criteria.)

INTRA placement
You will have an option to apply for a year-long paid work placement as part of DCU’s INTRA internship programme in Year 3 and complete the final year of your degree in Year 4. INTRA provides you with a chance to work in a real world environment giving you a unique opportunity to enhance your CV, increase your employability and experience the relevance of your study. For more information on the INTRA programme at DCU, please visit (Note: This option is competitive and subject to the availability of placements.)

Indicative Content
While content of the course may change over time, these modules are indicative of what you will be studying in each year.    

  • Geographical Interpretation and Communication Skills 
  • Introduction to Environmental Spatial Analysis
  • Introduction to Sustainability  
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Hazardous Earth
  • Data Literacy and Analytics for the 21st Century
  • Ireland in Europe and the Wider World
  • Global Climates
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Introduction to Biogeography and Ecology
  • Sustainability Journey 1: Awareness and Skills
  • Evolution of Ireland’s Physical Landscape
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Marine & Coastal Environments
  • Sustainable Food Security
  • Climate Change: Causes and Consequences 
  • Environmental Economics 
  • Climate Change and Environmental Policy
  • Sustainability Fieldtrip 
  • Sustainability Journey 2: Insights Through Collaboration
  • Optional Study Abroad or optional work placement (INTRA)
  • Water Resource Management
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Environmental Philosophy 
  • Challenge-based learning for Transformative Change
  • Environmental Systems
  • Climate and Environmental Sustainability Research Project
  • Sustainability Journey 3: Active Engagement 

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,607 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

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

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

No entry path

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 R10 by clicking here

Life On Campus

Life on Campus

You will be spoiled for choice with the selection of clubs and societies to join here at DCU to pursue your every passion and interest but as a BCES student, you may want to check out the Sustainable Living Society as well!


DCU Campus Glasnevin

DCU Glasnevin Campus


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