Why Environment and Sustainability at NUI Galway?

NUI Galway offers you a wide range of taught postgraduate courses in the area of environment and sustainability. These courses provide a theoretical background and practical experience to show why environmental sustainability matters to us all.

Our courses explore the causes and impacts of environmental damage and what the pressures on natural resources mean for the prosperity of the planet. The UN Sustainable Development Goals set out what we need to do to secure a healthy planet. Our courses enable you to investigate how all sectors are responding to address the social, political, and environmental challenges set out by the UN.

All of our courses are designed to provide you with a multi-disciplinary experience of to investigate ways to overcome the challenges facing the environment. Exploring processes to support a resilient environment is at the heart of environmental courses at NUI Galway.

Our courses are open to students from a variety of backgrounds including science, geography and engineering. 

Do youwant to learn to manage our natural resources sustainably through forward planning and by bridging the gap between development and conserving biodiversity? Are you interested to learn how to implement conservation legislation and policies that contribute to development while managing limited biodiversity resources? Then the MSc Biodiversity and Land Use Planning is for you. ‌‌

Do you want to lead others in addressing a wide range of environmental challenges?
If so, then the MSc Environmental Leadership is for you.


Are you interested in developing innovative solutions to the global environmental crisis? Do you want to learn from inspiring architects, engineers, planners and ecologists and experience real-life examples? If so, MSc Sustainable Environments is the course for you. 

Do you want to learn how to evaluate difficult choices and make decisions on the management of natural resources? If so, then MSc Sustainable Resource Management Policy and Practice is the course for you.

Further information:

NUI Galway offers both taught postgraduate scholarships and financial aid support, as well as student services that encourage personal and professional development. International Students can seek advice information on studying at NUI Galway from the International Office.

 Our commitment to the environment and sustainability is seen in our Sustainability Strategy and in us being awarded the Green Flag on our main campus by An Taisce and beyond, with close connections to NGOs who care about and undertake research on the environment. Our courses reflect these values and relationships.