GradDip Design Thinking for Sustainability

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The world of work is changing faster than ever before. Climate change is increasingly driving this rapid transformation across all sectors. No matter where you see your future, employers of all sizes and in all sectors want agile employees who are creative, collaborative and innovative and who can combine these attributes with a ‘Sustainability Mindset’. This UCD graduate programme has been developed in collaboration with industry, and it enables you to develop the skills and knowledge to lead change, embed sustainability and make a real impact. HCI Pillar 1 courses are designed to provide specialisation and conversion courses for graduates to ensure that they have the skills most needed by employers today. They are open to all, regardless of employment status.

Click HERE for more information about the Graduate Diploma in Design Thinking for Sustainability. 

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This postgraduate conversion course is designed for recent graduates as well as early and mid-career professionals who want to start or transition into a career in the area of sustainability. It is open to participants with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. The class is likely to include a diverse range of participants, coming from science and engineering as well as business, the humanities and more – bringing a multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral approach to the complex challenges of sustainability.

You might be:

  • A recent graduate

  • Changing focus part way through your career

  • Recently been made redundant 

  • Unemployed or formerly self-employed

  • A carer or returner to work

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

View All Modules Here

The course is split into 7 core modules, totalling 60 ECTS. Some modules are configured as ‘block weeks’ – five days in a row. Some modules are split over multiple weeks. All sessions take place from 9:30am to 1:30pm with self-directed individual or team project work in the afternoons. This is a full-time postgraduate course delivered over 8 months.

*9th September 2024 is Orientation day. This is a kick-off session for the programme and is mandatory.

IA40310: Creative Thinking and Innovation (5 ECTS)

  • Learn to see with fresh eyes and develop your teamwork skills.

  • Mon 16th – Fri 20th Sept 2024

IA40620: Sustainability: Systemic Approaches, Interdisciplinary Solutions (15 ECTS)

  • Explore global problems in sustainability and consider interdisciplinary and systemic solutions. 

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 23rd Sept – 4th Oct, and 14th – 25th Oct, and 11th Nov – 13th Dec 2024

IA40470: Entrepreneurship: Application & Mindset (5 ECTS)

  • Gain the mindset of an entrepreneur: a bias towards action. 

  • Mon 7th – Fri 11th Oct 2024

IA40350: Innovation Sprint (5 ECTS)

  • A hands-on and immersive deep dive into the design thinking process. 

  • Mon 4th – Fri 8th Nov 2024

IA40340: Leadership for Innovation and Creativity (5 ECTS)

  • Develop a leadership practice to cultivate a culture of innovation and sustainability in a future workplace or venture. 

  • Mon 20th – Fri 24th Jan 2025

IA40610: Design for User-Centric, Sustainable Solutions (20 ECTS)

  • Apply the skillset, toolkit, and mindset gained in the first trimester to solving a real-world sustainability problem for an organisation. The module ends with a showcase event. 

  • Monday and Thursdays 27th Jan – 10th April 2025, and a showcase on 3rd April

IA40460: Design Your Purposeful Life (5 ECTS)

  • This module provides an approach in which you will reflect upon your learning, consider your life and career goals, and make plans to reposition your career for the emerging green economy. 

  • Mon 28th April – Fri 2nd May 2025; Thursday, May 8th and Friday, May 9th.

This course was life-changing for me. I was a change maker before doing small things when it comes to sustainability, but this course has given me the connections and the skills to do bigger things and have the impact I want - Ciara O'Flaherty, '22/23 student 

It's fun, challenging and got me out of my comfort zone. I've seen myself grow in many ways, and I couldn't recommend the course more highly" - Richie Denieffe, '22/23 student

It was a fantastic experience. I came into this course feeling a bit lost, not quite sure what direction to go in, but now I feel so confident going into a job in the industry, in sustainability" - Lucy Shah, '22/23 student

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Design Thinking for Sustainability FT (F189)
9 Months
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Please see the springboard listing here to apply & determine if you are eligible for funding