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MRes Environmental Science
Overview of Programme
The MRes in Environmental Science (CKS83) is a new research-intensive, 12-month programme launched in 2017. It aims to recruit motivated students with a strong interest in research. The programme combines a research project (70 credits) with taught modules (20 credits) chosen to enhance each student’s individual skill set.
Research project (70 credits)
The extended project is the focus of the MRes and will be expected to represent cutting-edge, original research conducted under the close supervision of internationally recognised staff within the School of BEES. Projects can be selected from a broad range of environmental science
topics, with a focus on inter-disciplinary research.
Projects may be conducted in collaboration with external organisations, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Industry and Local Authorities. Applicants are encouraged to suggest projects that foster collaborative research with external agencies.
Research topics should fall within the following broad areas:
water and air pollution, human health and the environment, biomimetic and sustainable materials research, climate change and ocean acidification, water and waste water treatment, marine and freshwater resources management, sustainable water use, environmental risk assessment ofemerging pollutants, nanomaterials and the environment.
Information about research projects or current research areas that are currently available can be found on the BEES
website:www.ucc.ie/en/bees/research/envscience/. Students with their own project proposal are also strongly encouraged to apply.
Taught modules (20 credits)
In parallel with the research project, students must pass taught modules to the value of 20 credits selected from a range of modules such as the following:
EV 4002 Principles of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (10 credits)
EV 4012 Environmental Impact Assessments (5 credits)
EV 4013 Environmental Risk Assessment and Auditing (5 credits)
BL 6010 Characteristics of the Marine Environment (5 credits)
BL 6019 Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
GG 6501 Introduction to Geographical Information systems (5 credits)
GG 6502 Introduction to Remote Sensing (5 credits)
GG 6516 Coastal and Marine Processes (10 credits)
Other relevant modules offered by the University (subject to availability and approval)
Further details of these modules can be found here:
Additionally a whole range of postgraduate modules (see modules beginning with PG) is also potentially available, subject to space availability on the module.
The MRes is designed to give you a strong start in your scientific career. Students will gain invaluable experience in many key transferrable skills required by employers or in preparation for a PhD, including: project design and planning, experimental design, data management and statistical analysis, scientific writing, presentation skills, proposal writing, laboratory and field research techniques, safety, research ethics and integrity, information literacy and science communication. The MRes will therefore provide an excellent background when applying for PhD positions, or when seeking employment in the private or public sectors (e.g. in environmental consultancy, environmental management, local or national agencies or other research positions).
Eligibility and Entry
Successful applicants must possess an Honours primary degree (minimum 2.1 Honours or equivalent) in an area relevant to Environmental Science. Candidates must be approved by the MRes Coordinator and Programme Team, including the Head of School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. The number of places is limited and decisions on entry to the programme will be made following an interview. Please refer to Section 1 in the “MRes in Environmental Science Application Process and Programme Timeline” document at: https://www.ucc.ie/en/bees/courses/postgrad/
Apply online at www.ucc.ie/apply
Please note the PAC application Code for the MRes in Environmental Science is: CKS83.
Prospective students are advised to contact the Programme Coordinator Dr. Tim Sullivan in advance of application via www.ucc.ie/apply (PAC code CKS83) to discuss possible project areas.
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