Skip to main content

Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost National student: 3.000€/year International student: 23.000€/year (with yearly increase of 2%)

This honours degree offers a unique combination of scientific and instrumentation based modules to train graduates in the skills required to become environmental monitoring specialists, specifically in the areas of air and water quality analysis.
Most of the modules taught have a significant laboratory element and students can expect to spend 50% of their contact time working with modern laboratory instrumentation. The emphasis is on making scientific measurements and analysing the results, as well as calibrating and operating technical equipment. To assist in this, the students receive a comprehensive foundation in physics and chemistry together with specialist modules in electronics, statistics, instrumentation, environmental GIS, smart sensors and the internet of things.
There is a continual green ethos throughout the course; the provision of green technical and managerial modules aim to stimulate graduates to become champions of sustainability. There are modules that deal with waste management, water and air quality, as well as green auditing to ensure that graduates are fully up-to-date with the legal, economic and technical aspects of environmental monitoring.
In addition to the scientific and technical modules, there are a number of modules designed to develop competencies in communication skills, report writing and presentation skills, and research methods along with an emphasis on teamwork.
In year 3, students are placed within an industry or research group for work placement. It may be possible for the work placement to be in an international location. In the final year of the course, there is a major technical project in the area of environmental monitoring.

Application procedure

Make an Available Place application on payment of a fee of 45€ in CAO (Central Applications Office) website:

Grant opportunities

Eolas Scholarship– This offers a reduction of 25% on fees for the entire study programme. 
The International Scholarship– Fees are reduced by 15% for the entire tenure. 
The Government of Ireland International Scholarship– It is given to premier students hailing from non-EEA nations for studying in Ireland for one year. 
HEA Free Fees Scheme (FFI): the Irish Exchequer will pay tuition fees to the University on behalf of students registered for the first time on qualifying, full-time, undergraduate degree programmes.
SUSI - Student Universal Support Ireland:
Application through:
The award or denial of this grant is completely dependant upon the Student Grant Appeals Body 

Learning outcomes

The main employment areas are water quality analysis, air emissions monitoring, waste reduction, environmental consulting and management, green auditing, carbon footprint reduction as well as related research and development. Graduates can expect to work in a variety of situations such as working in an environmental testing laboratory or in waste management in a modern pharmachem plant; they could be office based or out in the field collecting and analysing environmental samples.


High School graduates with at least 2 A-levels at grade E or above, or equivalent

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must:
    • Score 336 CAO points and meet the minimum requirements.
     • Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics and either English or Irish grade O6/H7.
For Non-EU International Entry Requirements please visit

ISCED Categories

Offshore and renewable energy