Application deadline: As early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 6,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits: 90
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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 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. The MSc 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.

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 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.

You will develop an understanding of the practical dimension of policy-making, implementation and evaluation, and gain an ability to apply cutting edge policy solutions to range of environmental challenges. This includes understanding key legal and governance frameworks for environmental policy, environmental economics, applying concepts of environmental justice, and public participation and environmental mediation. Key features of the MSc include the transfer of leading edge research into our teaching and the development of an interdisciplinary learning environment to provide you with a holistic and integrated perspective on environmental policy-making.

What are the career opportunities for the Masters in Environmental Policy?
The MSc in Environmental Policy is designed to provide you with key knowledge, skills and professional tools to work in environment-related careers. These include: environmental NGOs and lobby groups, civil service and public sector management, political parties, private sector management (e.g. corporate environmental responsibility), policy and environmental consultancy, journalism and the media, and research and teaching.


During the one year degree you will have the opportunity to study both core and specialized modules in environmental policy. Semester 1 focuses on core modules to develop foundation knowledge and skills within environmental policy-making, such as environmental economics, environmental law, policy design and analysis, European environmental policy and research methods training.

Semester 2 gives you the opportunity to choose specialist modules within one of the following areas: (1) the urban environment; (2) climate change; or (3) natural resource management. Students also undertake an integrated group project (Professional Tools for Sustainable Development) to provide practice-based insights into environmental policy-making. Finally, you will have the opportunity to further enhance your specialist interests during the completion of a thesis in the third semester.

Core modules (80 credits)

* PEP40520 Public Policy & the Environment (5 credits)
* PEP40530 Environmental Economics (5 credits)
* PEP40100 Geographic Information Systems for Policy & Planning (5 credits)
* PEP40540 Research Design (5 credits)
* PEP40550 Research Methods for Sustainability (Tools for Policy Analysis) (5 credits)
* PEP40560 Environmental Change and Processes (5 credits)
* PEP40570 Concepts and Principles of Environmental Law (5 credits)
* PEP40580 European Environmental Policy (5 credits)
* PEP40590 Tools for Sustainable Development (10 credits)
* PEP40560 Thesis (30 credits)

Elective modules (10 credits)

The Urban Environment

* PEP40510 The Urban Environment: Risk, Resilience and Sustainability (5 credits)
* PEP40210 Transport and the Environment (5 credits)
* GEOG40440 Physical Geography of Cities (5 credits)

Natural Resource Management

* PEP40190 Rural and Landscape Planning (5 credits)
* PEP40610 Conservation and Climate Change (5 credits)
* ZOOL40130 Global Biodiversity & Heritage (5 credits)
* PEP40200 Irish Planning & Environmental Law (5 credits)

Climate Policy

* ZOOL40160 Climate Change (5 credits)
* PEP40610 Conservation and Climate Change (5 credits)
* GEOG40440 Physical Geography of Cities (5 credits)


Application Procedure for the Masters in Environmental Policy

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,

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 90



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

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