Course Overview

This is a new practice-based course developed by NUI Galway and Next Level Skillnet. This course provides an overview of the evolution of environmental planning and management and its relationship to society and industry today. Drawing on contemporary examples, this course will explore the roots and principles of environmental planning and management in practice, introducing students to a range of conceptual and practical approaches. It will prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be leaders and decision makers in developing solutions for contemporary environmental issues in industrial and commercial environments. It will also provide students with an understanding of waste legislation, the key issues and practical implications in relation to waste management and focus on lean processes and waste prevention.
This specialist diploma award is particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement in the area of environmental policy and leadership to strengthen their capacities as efficient environmental managers and effective environmental leaders in their organisations.

Applications and Selections

Apply Online

Contact Emma Court for academic information and application details.
Contact Sue Davies for information on the fee subsidy.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

This course is delivered by a combination of Saturday workshops every 4 weeks, online lectures and learning activities, eBooks and other digital resources and printed module guides.

Each module is individually assessed by assignments completed throughout the semester. The major assignment for each module will be the development of a plan for the participant’s workplace.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a level 7 award of no less than 90 ECTS.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 

Additional Requirements


1-year, part-time

Next start date

19th Oct 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

18th Oct 2019

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

Modules include six of the following:

  • Environmental Management for Organisations
  • Energy Management
  • Waste Management and Compliance
  • Water Management and Conservation
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lifecycle Design for Environment
  • The Lean Organisation and Technology
  • Environmental Leadership in Organisations
  • Environmental Awareness and CSR

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course is aimed at technicians, operatives, engineers, middle or senior managers who wish to move into specialist environmental and resource management roles, develop organisational systems, and advise senior management.

The course would also suit those who are interested in environmental entrepreneurship, new service or product development, emerging models, consulting roles etc.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The specialist diplomas are primarily intended for students who already have a Science or Engineering related diploma or degree and are working in an operations, design, lean or regularly compliance role in their companies.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€2,170 p.a.*

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€2,670 p.a.

*Cost through Next Level Skillnet: €1,085, find out more here.

Find out More

Emma Court
Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development, NUI Galway

Tel: 091 495845

Sue Davis
Next Level Skillnet
Tel: 061 363418



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