Environmental Policy, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    18300
    Tuition (Year)
    7310
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #201 ,
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.

About

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.

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, University College Dublin is a large (20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution.

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements


  • 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.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18300 International
  • EUR 7310 EU/EEA

Funding

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

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