2020/2021

Diploma in Environmental and Geological Sciences

NFQ Level 7, Special Purpose Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2020-21 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

This Diploma programme is available to students of UCC's international partner institutions with whom UCC has a bilateral agreement under Statute 263 of the National University of Ireland. Having studied for at least two years at a partner university, students will study for one year at University College Cork, taking the programme to a value of 60 credits as outlined below.


To be admitted students will normally be required to:

(a) successfully complete and pass credits equivalent to at least two full academic years' study of their degree programme at a partner university with whom University College Cork has a bilateral agreement;
(b) satisfy English language proficiency requirements as set out by University College Cork for non-EU students.

Students from non-partner institutions will be assessed for eligibility for the programme on a case by case basis and will be subject to the approval of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

To be considered for the award of a University Diploma in Environmental and Geological Sciences, a student must have satisfactorily attended undergraduate modules to the value of 60 credits as prescribed by the Head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Students may choose Second, Third, and where permitted, Fourth year undergraduate modules (subject to timetabling and other constraints). Where a module has prerequisites (as specified in the module description), a student must satisfy this prerequisite by demonstrating, to the satisfaction of the relevant academic unit that a similar module has been passed in the partner institution. The full programme of study is subject to final agreement by the relevant UCC academic units and the student's home institution.

Students take 60 credits from any listed below from the participating schools (subject to timetabling and other constraints):

Modules from the School of BEES:

Environmental Biology and Ecology area
AE2001 (5 credits); AE2002 (5credits); BL2001 (5 credits); BL3001 (5 credits); BL3002 (10 credits); BL3003 (5 credits); PS2002 (5 credits); PS2003 (5 credits); PS3008 (5 credits); PS3019 (5 credits); ZY2000 (5 credits); ZY2005 (5 credits); ZY2006 (5credits); ZY3015 (5 credits); ZY3019 (5 credits); ZY3020 (5 credits)

The following modules are only available to students who have successfully completed three full years at their home institution:
AE4016 (5 credits); PS4006 (5 credits); PS4021 (5 credits); PS4024 (5 credits); ZY4021 (5 credits)

Environmental Science area
EV1002 (5 credits); EV2001 (5 credits); EV2002 (5 credits); EV3013 (5 credits); EV3015 (5 credits)

The following modules are only available to students who have successfully completed three full years at their home institution:
EV4002 (5 credits); EV4012 (5 credits); EV4013 (5 credits)

Geological Sciences area
GL2001 (5 credits); GL2011 (5 credits); GL2012 (5 credits); GL2017 (5 credits); GL2019 (5 credits); GL3004 (5 credits); GL3006 (5 credits); GL3007 (5 credits); GL3028 (5 credits); GL3029 (5 credits); GL3032 (5 credits)

The following modules are only available to students who have successfully completed three full years at their home institution:
GL4002 (5 credits); GL4003 (5 credits); GL4004 (5 credits); GL4011 (5 credits); GL4024 (5 credits);

Modules from the School of Microbiology:

MB2905 (5 credits); MB2906 (5 credits); MB3005 (5 credits); MB3012 (5 credits); MB3017 (5 credits)

The following module is only available to students who have successfully completed three full years at their home institution:
MB4029 (5 credits)

Modules from the School of Chemistry:

CM1003 (10 credits); CM2101 (5 credits); CM3024 (10 credits); CM3104 (5 credits)

The following modules are only available to students who have successfully completed three full years at their home institution:
CM4026 (5 credits); CM4027 (5 credits); CM4112 (5 credits)

Modules from the School of Engineering:

The following modules are only available to students who have successfully completed three full years at their home institution:
CE3009 (5 credits); CE4007 (5 credits); CE4010 (5 credits); CE4015 (5 credits); CE4020 (5 credits)

Workload Guidelines
It is strongly recommended that students do not take any more than 40 credits in any semester. Students are therefore advised to choose their modules so that the workload is evenly spread throughout the year.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2020/2021 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2020/2021.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Diploma in Environmental and Geological Sciences (NFQ Level 7, Special Purpose Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


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