GradDip Environmental Sustainability Implementation

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

Sustainability is on the agenda for many sectors. All sectors are responding to sustainability goals, with many organisations setting targets to be achieved by 2030 for compliance, consumer or market retention purposes. Consultation with a range of industry stakeholders has identified that there is a deficit of expertise in the market to address the implementation of sustainability agendas, however the scale and speed of the change required is urgent.  Drivers of this demand are the National Sectoral Emissions Ceilings, the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (2021) Act, Future Jobs initiative 'Transition to low carbon economy', Ireland's National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions reporting).

This full-time Level 9 Graduate Diploma equips students with the core skills to quantify the sustainability of a product, process or system, identify areas for improvement and devise and manage measures for implementation to improve sustainability.

  • The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Sustainability Implementation comprises 60 credits of Modules (10 modules).  These modules are offered across the Spring and Autumn Trimesters.
  • All lectures and tutorials occur during weekdays.
  • It will be possible for students to complete the programme almost entirely online, there will be a need to attend campus for a number of scheduled workshops (maximum 3 per trimester). However, for those who want to attend campus, students enrolled in the programme are free to attend timetabled face-to-face lectures and practicals on campus if they wish.

The programme is designed to be suitable for people working in any sector in Ireland. It will be possible for students to complete the programme almost entirely online as the majority (97%) of lectures will be recorded. One module will require attendance on campus for four 2-hour sessions in Trimester 2 (Spring 2024). There will be a need to attend campus for a number of scheduled workshops (maximum 2 per trimester). However, for those who want to attend campus, students enrolled in the programme are free to attend timetabled face-to-face lectures and practicals on campus if they wish.

Funding: This programme is eligible for springboard funding, if you believe you are eligible please apply first on www.springboardcourses.ie

Pathway: This 60 ECTS Graduate Diploma is a Pathway programmes that can build to a Masters degree award. Students who complete the Graduate Diploma have the option of completing a 30 ECTS project which builds to a Masters degree award. The fee for the additional 30 ECTS project is 3000 euro.'

Careers & Employability

There is very significant industry demand for engineers and scientists with knowledge on methods to quantify sustainability for internal benchmarking, process improvement, and reporting purposes. In January 2023 there were >2000 sustainability-related jobs advertised in Ireland (based on data from LinkedIn). Upon completion of this Graduate Diploma, graduates will have the skills needed to lead the sustainability agenda for a company either individually or as part of a team.

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

The target market are candidates who are recent graduates, jobseekers or are in full time employment, with a Level 8 Honours degree with minimum 2:1 award (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in disciplines which include strong mathematical, technological and analytical skills. Examples of acceptable disciplines are engineering, physical science, geography and planning, architecture and environmental related degrees. Those without a Level 8 honours degree in a relevant subject but with >5 years relevant professional experience in a relevant field will be considered.

 

  • Advanced knowledge and systematic understanding of the sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning the concept of environmental sustainability,
  • The ability to identify, formulate, and critically analyse processes and technologies for implementation of sustainability,
  • The ability to apply knowledge to quantify the environmental sustainability of products, process and systems using analysis and interpretation of relevant data,
  • An understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people and the environment,
  • The ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, and to act as a change agent within organisations to integrate and lead sustainability implementation initiatives,
  • The ability to communicate effectively on complex sustainability challenges and opportunities within organisations and with society at large.

GradDip Environmental Sustainability Implementation (T390) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 8730
nonEU    fee per year - € 13120

***Fees are subject to change

The target market are candidates who are recent graduates, jobseekers or are in full time employment, with a Level 8 Honours degree with minimum 2:1 award (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in disciplines which include strong mathematical, technological and analytical skills. Examples of acceptable disciplines are engineering, physical science, geography and planning, architecture and environmental related degrees.

Those without a Level 8 honours degree in a relevant subject but with >5 years relevant professional experience in a relevant field will be considered.
Minimum English language requirements will apply. The English language requirements for degree courses at UCD are listed here 

Sustainability has become a significant issue for companies across various industries. It is now a necessity for businesses to integrate sustainable practices into their operations, including for reputational, mandatory reporting, and risk-management reasons.

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Sustainability Implementation recognises this increased need by companies to measure and improve their sustainability profile and provides graduates with the technical expertise to implement a company’s sustainability goals.

BiOrbic, Ireland’s national Bioeconomy Research Centre, works with companies across all sectors of the economy to help them to decarbonise and optimise the value of their biological resources.

Our partner companies are increasingly recognizing the benefits of adopting sustainable practices.

Through the use of science-backed measurement and reduction protocols offered in the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Sustainability Implementation, companies can gain a strategic advantage by reducing their environmental impact, optimise their resource usage, and enhance their social responsibility.

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Sustainability Implementation aims to deliver a much needed skill set to students that companies desire.

Companies are actively seeking professionals who can navigate the complex landscape of sustainability and translate sustainable principles into tangible actions.

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Sustainability Implementation can help to meet the needs of industry by equipping graduates with a unique knowledge and experience to quantify and reduce a company’s footprint.

Through this program, companies can access a talent pool of sustainability professionals who are poised to lead the way in creating a more sustainable and prosperous future for businesses and society as a whole.

 

Seán Douglas
Business Development Manager
BiOrbic, Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre

  • The School of Biosystems & Food Engineering has state-of-the-art facilities for system modelling, LCA and risk modelling and inventory management.
  • Students can have access to the facilities and networks of the school and BiOrbic Bioeconomy, SFI Research Centre during their studies. All students are provided licences for the software they use, including HOMER (for Renewable Energy Systems Analysis) and @Risk/MS Excel (for GHG Inventory uncertainty assessment). Students have access to State-of-the-Art blended learning and virtual classroom facilities and have full digital and physical library access.

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Environmental Sustainability Implementation FT (T390)
Duration
1 Years
Attend
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling*