Course Overview

The Ryan Institute (RI) 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. 


Applications and Selections

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
  • Prof Peter Croot, BSc, PhD
  • Dr Benjamin Thébaudeau, BSc, PhD
  • Prof Ulf Strohmayer, Dipl. Geog, PhD
  • Dr Gesche Kindermann, BSc, PGDip, MSc, PhD

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to individuals who have obtained a Level 8 primary degree (2.2 or higher) or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline, including Science, Geography, Engineering and some of the Social Sciences with a focus on environmental policy and planning.

Additional Requirements

English language proficiency: IELTS 6.5

1 year

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

 Please view the offer rounds website.

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC 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.

Semester 1:

  •  Environmental Problems & Solutions (Core)
  • Project Management (Core)
  • Natural Resource Governance (Core)
  • Research Methods (Core)
  • Conceptualising Environment Society & Development (Optional)
  • Environment & Human Health (Optional)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (Optional)

 Semester 2:

  •   Research Methods (Core)
  • Communicating Science & Research (Core)
  • Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis (Core)
  • Marine Spatial Planning & Policy (Optional)
  • Introduction to Practical GIS (Optional)
  • Climate Change & Biodiversity (Optional)

 Research Project (Core)

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

€6,815 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2017/18

Find out More

Dr Gesche Kindermann
T: +353 91 493863

Dr Caitriona Carlin
T: +353 91 493863