Course Overview

The MSc in Environmental Leadership will equip graduates with an advanced level of knowledge and problem-solving, management and communication skills in key areas relevant to the environment, marine and energy sectors. It will equip them with a capacity and capability for environmental leadership relevant to their career trajectory. The course has a focus on cross-sector skills and competences that can be transferred from one topic/occupational area to another, so enabling national and international occupational mobility for its graduates. 

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr Caitriona Carlin, BSc, PhD
  • Dr Kathryn Cormican, BBS, MBS, PhD
  • Dr Thomas Van Rensburg BSc, PGDip, PhD
  • Dr Jerome Sheahan MSc, PhD
  • Dr Frances Fahy, BA, PhD
  • Dr Liam Carr, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Professor Peter Croot, BSc, PhD
  • Dr Benjamin Thébaudeau, BSc, PhD
  • Professor Ulf Strohmayer, DiplGeog, PhD
  • Dr Gesche Kindermann, BSc, PGDip, MSc, PhD

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to individuals who have a Level 8 primary degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. Applicants who do not have an academic background but have relevant experience may be required to attend an interview.

Additional Requirements

English language proficiency: IELTS 6.5

1 year

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

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Course code


Course Outline

The course structure is based on a 90 ECTS model, with 60 ECTS coming from taught modules which account for either 5 or 10 credits each. A research project over the summer accounts for the remaining 30 ECTS.

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The course will produce well-rounded, motivated, mobile and dynamic problem-solvers and leaders who can work in any area related to environment, marine and energy. The subject knowledge, transferable skills and thesis elements of the course are designed to provide graduates with the opportunity to carry out further research, work in the public or private sector, or create their own employment.

Graduates will acquire transversal and multidisciplinary skills in governance, communication and management, enabling them to take on roles within an industrial setting, or within a regulatory body or private consultancy firm. Careers such as project managers, consultants and advisors exist within public and private sectors in Ireland and elsewhere. In addition, the course will provide opportunities for some students to move into PhD programmes or other research roles.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,606 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€7,466 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€23,666 p.a. 2021/22

Find out More

Dr Gesche Kindermann
T: +353 91 493863

Dr Caitriona Carlin
T: +353 91 493863


Gráinne Griffin |   MSc Environmental Leadership Graduate

I entered this course with a BSc in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology, but I wanted to further my BSc with a deeper level of knowledge and skillset on the environment, particularly in marine conservation. This MSc provided me with a well-rounded opportunity to participate in modules and projects relevant to our changing natural world, addressing environmental concerns such as rising sea levels and pollution. From key skills of communication, problem-solving and management, this course is delivered by excellent lecturers and researchers respected in their roles of expertise, providing their students with the education and guidance to progress into a vast range of careers in environmental sectors. I have gained invaluable knowledge and experience that has provided me with the clarity of how to address climate and environmental changes. I have learned about the value of nature and the importance of effectively and appropriately communicating research findings with individuals and communities of society, governments and international bodies; our changing world requires this inclusive collaboration from all nations for guidance on a path of global sustainability.


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