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LC408 Environmental Science and Climate – Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Applied Science
    CAO Points:
    262 (Round 1) ​
    4 Years​

    What is the programme about?
    This programme covers a broad range of topics aimed at addressing key environmental concerns. Students will have the opportunity to explore the linkage between the science and the management of the environment and will develop an in-depth scientific knowledge of the earth’s systems, namely the biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and the atmosphere. New approaches to balancing the needs of the environment, economy and society in moving towards long term sustainability are a key focus for the programme.
    There is lots of practical lab work, field work, field trips and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) sessions. Subjects on professional development are also included – soft skills that are much sought after by employers. A work placement during the summer of third year provides students with a valuable opportunity to gain experience in the increasingly important environmental sector. A dissertation in fourth year allows students to specialise and follow their own research interests.

    Who is the programme suited to?
    ​Do you like to explore the wonders of environmental science and the great outdoors? Do the challenges of protecting the environment interest you? Are you studying subjects such as biology, geography, agricultural science or chemistry at school? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this may be the programme for you!

    Programme Aims:
    ​One of the key aims of the programme is to provide students with the opportunity to explore the linkage between the science and management of the environment. In order to achieve this, the programme has been structured to ensure that students get an in-depth scientific knowledge of the earth’s systems, namely the biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and the atmosphere. Simultaneously, students will develop practical competencies to allow them to carry out research on the environment, whether in the laboratory, in the field or in the library. A three month work placement during the summer of third year provides a valuable opportunity for students to gain experience in the environmental sector and help them identify career options for the future.​

    Top 3 Reasons
    1 The course covers a wide range of environmental topics in a practical and active way and thereby opens up a diversity of career and further study opportunities.
    2 You will have ongoing and regular access to a team of lecturers with relevant and up- to-date sectoral experience.
    3 Current students enjoy the supportive, friendly and positive atmosphere in class and on the Thurles Campus.

    Class Contact Hours
    • Year 1 = 21 hours
    • Year 2 = 21 hours
    • Year 3 = 19 hours
    • Year 4 = 15 hours

    Did You Know?
    Many countries, including Ireland, are looking to green growth as the way out of the current economic crisis. A range of reports suggest that there is the potential to create over 80,000 jobs in the ‘Green Economy’ (Developing the Green Economy in Ireland, 2009). There are currently at least 6,500 people employed directly in the environment sector in Ireland and the potential to create over 50,000 direct jobs by 2020(Forfás, 2009).

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    What our students say about the course

    “This course is giving me the chance to explore modern challenges like climate change, peak oil and biodiversity loss while equipping me with solid, practical skills in the lab and the field. It also has a good balance of focus between local and global issues: one day I'm learning about sustainable forestry in the Philippines, the next it's glaciers, then hen harriers. The fun part is linking them all together.” Hannah Hamilton (3rd Year student)

    “This course has allowed me to develop knowledge and practical skills on a wide range of modern environmental issues. As part of my work placement last summer I got the chance to be involved in some research to identify the impacts walkers have on National Park trails. I am now using the data I collected to write a dissertation on the subject.” Mick Fleming (Graduate)

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