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Environmental Science - Higher Diploma

Course Details


Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Higher Diploma

Qualification: NFQ Level 8 Minor Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Application Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2022


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Brief Description

This Higher Diploma in Environmental Science at the University of Limerick allows graduates of other science and engineering degrees to develop graduate level knowledge and skills in this growth area. They will benefit from a programmes that is distinctive in its relevance to industry and business, through a focus on environmental technology, environmental management and health & safety in the workplace.


Maintaining both the quality of life and a clean and healthy environment is now a major concern of Government, employers, non-governmental organisations and citizens. The EU now has a very comprehensive environmental policy, and as a Member State, Ireland is obliged to act in accordance with this policy.

More stringent environmental requirements are being placed on industry and community in areas such as energy usage, waste minimisation, waste management, recycling, water and air quality. Consequently, there is a strong demand for graduates with a scientific understanding of environmental and health and safety issues, together with a full knowledge of technological and management methods available to help improve the quality of our environment.

ER4417 - ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT: EIA is a key skill for environmental scientists, genesis, development, legal framework, and design
ER4627 - SAFETY AND INDUSTRY: principles of accident causation and prevention in the workplace. Hazard and process safety analysis
CH4055 - ENVIRONMENTAL CATALYSIS: Catalytic processes, with emphasis on end-of-pipe technologies for gaseous pollutant from flues
ER4405 - CONSERVATION ECOLOGY: purpose of biodiversity conservation, and how expenditure on conservation may be justified
HS4208-SAFETY TECHNOLOGY: fire safety management, emergency planning, machine safety and electrical hazards in the workplace
ER4448 - MANAGING SAFETY & HEALTH: health and safety risk management systems, methodologies aimed at managing risks in a systematic way
ER4606 - CLEAN TECHNOLOGY: Methods of recycling, reducing or removing gaseous or aqueous waste from industrial processes
ER4508 - POLLUTION CONTROL (WASTE MANAGEMENT): Waste Minimisation, Hazardous Waste Management, Waste to energy systems, Waste recycling & Re-use
AU4064 - PROJECT : company based-project to improve work practices
CA4003 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT: An optional module for those students who wish to pursue this professional development workshop. Which prepare learners with CV and career coaching, develop a LinkedIn/online presence, physical presentation and interviews skills. (this module is subject to change)

Applicants must hold a Level 8 honours degree at a minimum second class honours, grade 2 (NQF or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant STEM discipline such as engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology.
Applicants from other disciplines who have relevant scientific elements in their primary degree will also be considered.

Applicants who possess an honours degree, minimum 2nd class, grade 2, or equivalent in a non-numerate discipline and have three years experiential learning in an appropriate discipline will be considered.

RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) entry will be available for those who do not meet the minimum entry requirement but who have gained substantial experience in the area.

Required Documents for UL application:

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)

- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.

- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE)  or project work (applies to some courses only). 

- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self employed, returners. Acceptable documents for proof of status can be found here

- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:

  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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The fee for this programme is €7500

Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria under Springboard+ can qualify for 90% or 100% funding subject to the availability of places.

Employed and Recent Graduates

All employed and recent graduates with a minimum level 8 in relevant area must pay a 10% contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses.

Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also.

Unemployed and Returner participants

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants

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Please note that Fees are subject to review


For information on funding and scholarships please click here.