Postgraduate Programmes in the Science of Sustainability

Sustainability is one of NUI Galways' core values and we adopt a learn-livel-lead approach to champion sustainability. Indeed our College of Science and Engineering is a leading force in achieving this for the university. Several of our postgraduate courses have been designed in direct response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and all of our courses now consider our contribution to the SDGs and this is even reflected in the language and the themes that we use and explore and that you’ll learn about.  We are 44th in the world for UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for “Sustainable Cities and Communities”, and also 44th for “Good Health and Wellbeing”, 26th for “Life Below Water” and “14th for Affordable and Clean Energy”.
 
Our courses are student-centred and offer a multidisciplinary approach to tackle environmental and sustainability issues. Fieldbased learning plays a strong role in developing skills in this area and our innovative programmes are responsive to local, national and international demands. 
 

Graduates of our sustainability courses are extremely well positioned for positions in research, policy, enterprise, business, administration and other activities across a wide range of public and private sector institutions internationally.

Course Name Cao Code College/school
AgriFood Sustainability & Technology (MSc) College of Science and Engineering
Biodiversity & Land-Use Planning (MSc) via blended learning College of Science and Engineering
Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (MSc) College of Science and Engineering
Environmental Leadership (MSc) College of Science and Engineering
Marine and Freshwater Resources: Management (MSc) College of Science and Engineering
Sustainable Environments (MSc) College of Science and Engineering
Sustainable Resource Management: Policy and Practice, inter-institutional programme (MSc) College of Science and Engineering
AgriBiosciences (Structured Masters)—full-time and part-time 1MBS1 (full-time); 1MBS2 (part-time). College of Science and Engineering
Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate (Structured Masters) 1OAC1 College of Science and Engineering

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What Our Students Say

Moya

Moya O'Donnell |   MSc Marine and Freshwater Resources: Management

I have always had a great interest in the aquatic environment and how our interactions may have an impact on the health of its diverse ecosystems. This particular Masters course provides a unique opportunity to study such interactions and their impacts across multiple disciplines for both freshwater and marine environments. It also provides excellent practical experience both in the field and laboratory, which is hugely beneficial in developing key transferable skills for the workplace. I would highly recommend this Masters course for anyone who is interested in improving their understanding of the processes and interactions which help shape the aquatic environment and how they are impacted by human influences.
Grainne

Grainne Griffin |   MSC ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP GRADUATE

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. I would highly recommend this Masters course for anyone who is interested in improving their understanding of the processes and interactions which help shape the aquatic environment and how they are impacted by human influences.

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