M.Sc. Environmental Policy

School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy | University College Dublin | Dublin , Ireland
The MSc Environmental Policy at University College Dublin provides both introductory and specialised modules in Environmental Policy, and as such we welcome applicants from a diverse range of academic backgrounds including social sciences and arts, environmental sciences, law and business studies, and engineering.



Societies and governments across the globe are faced with increasingly complex environmental challenges, from climate change to local environmental quality in our cities and regions. Within this context, there is a growing demand for graduates with a capacity to develop environmental policy choices, to analyse them critically and to provide guidance in policy implementation.

The aim of the MSc in Environmental Policy from University College Dublin is to provide students with the professional knowledge, skills and tools to equip them for a career in the environmental field while contributing to a more sustainable and resilient future.

What will I learn?

The MSc in Environmental Policy is designed to develop professional knowledge, skills and tools for environmental problem solving and for a successful career in the environmental field:

  • Professional Knowledge: environmental processes and change, policy and legal frameworks, social movements and the environment;
  • Professional Skills: leadership, problem-solving, team-working, research methods, communication and media skills, project management, strategic planning;
  • Professional Tools: policy analysis, GIS, environmental assessment, cost benefit analysis, environmental mediation, public participation, risk management.

How will I benefit?

The MSc in Environmental Policy will provide you with the skills and knowledge to understand environmental challenges and to provide innovative, creative and socially just solutions for managing environmental change. Within the degree programme you will develop practical and transferable skills including environmental assessment, policy evaluation, GIS, project management and strategic planning skills. The programme aims to combine theoretical knowledge and professional skills development and this is reflected in our teaching approach, which draws on lectures, seminars, project-based learning, lab-based instruction and independent study with experienced academic staff and input from policy-makers and industry.

What is the programme about

The MSc Environmental Policy from University College Dublin is specifically aimed at those people wishing to gain expertise in relation to contemporary environmental challenges and potential policy solutions. You will gain insights into understanding a range of environmental issues at different spatial scales including:

  • At the global scale: debates surrounding climate change and transitioning to a low carbon future;
  • At the city and regional scale: challenges in developing more sustainable and resilient cities and regions, the management of environmental risks and the relationship between the environment and quality of life;
  • At the ecosystem scale: issues surrounding the management of land-use, natural resources, biodiversity and habitats.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline As early as possible
Tuition fee
  • EUR 17900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 7030 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits 90
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Core modules (80 credits)

  • Public Policy & the Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Geographic Information Systems for Policy & Planning
  • Research Design
  • Research Methods for Sustainability (Tools for Policy Analysis)
  • Environmental Change and Processes
  • Concepts and Principles of Environmental Law
  • European Environmental Policy
  • Tools for Sustainable Development
  • Thesis


If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.

You will need:

  • Graduate degree in any academic field. As the MSc provides both introductory and specialised modules in Environmental Policy, we welcome applications from students with a background in a diverse range of academic subjects including social sciences and arts, environmental sciences, law and business studies, and engineering.
  • At a minimum applicants should have a second class honours degree (2.2) or equivalent (your transcript should include grades for each subject taken).
  • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation. At least one of these should be a senior member of academic staff at your current institution or a senior member of staff at your current place of employment.
  • Please contact our graduate administrator for further information, dominic.shellard@ucd.ie

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

More Information


This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), UK.

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