MSc Applied Environmental Geology

MSc Applied Environmental Geology

Overview of Programme
The MSc in Applied Environmental Geology CKR53 is a full-time multidisciplinary degree running for 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme. A 24 month part time option CKR54 is also available.
The aim of the MSc programme is to train and educate graduates in multiple areas of Environmental Geology and to provide an understanding of the disciplines, which impinge upon these areas in order to meet the growing demand for such personnel at home and abroad. This M.Sc. in Environmental Geology covers the areas of hydrogeology, contaminated land, engineering geology, applied geophysics, geoinformatics, environmental monitoring and assessment, environmental regulation, offshore environmental geology, field geology techniques and an industry based environmental geology research project.
The courses have been designed with the current needs of industry taken on board. Emphasis on real world, industry based examples is prevalent throughout.
The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences are responsible for the MSc programme. Various other UCC and industry partners also contribute to the programme.

Entry and Eligibility
A candidate for the MSc in Applied Environmental Geology must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade II degree in any Geoscience or relevant equivalent area. In addition, level 8 graduates with relevant professional qualifications or relevant experience but not the relevant degree classification may also apply for entry and each case will be judged on a case-by case basis as to their suitability for the programme, subject to the approval of the Head of School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the candidate's performance in his/her primary degree and experience. Where relevant, candidates will have to prove their proficiency in the English language (spoken and written).
All EU students wishing to apply for this course must apply on-line at the following website (CKR53 full-time, CKR54 part-time).

Fees for the programme can be seen at There will be an additional fee of €1000 to cover the costs associated with undertaking fieldwork as part of the taught component of the programme.

Programme Structure
A candidate for the MSc Degree in Applied Environmental Geology  must:
1.  Register full-time for the academic year (Part I October– April) and Part II (May – September) (total 12 months).
2. Pursue a full-time programme of study comprising taught modules to the value of 60 credits and a  Research dissertation (30 credits) as detailed below.
3. Achieve an aggregate of at least 50%, with not less  than 40% in each module across the taught modules in Part I to be eligible to proceed to Part II.
4. Achieve at least 50% in art II of the Programme to be eligible for the award of an MSc Degree in Applied Environmental Geology.

Modules & Credits
Students will need to obtain 90 credits through the successful completion of the following Modules (Detailed Module descriptions can be found in the Book of Modules)

Part I (60 credits) [September – April]
EV6011 Principles of Environmental Assessment and Monitoring (10 credits)
GL6020 Hydrogeology, Contaminated Land and Assessment (10 credits)
GL6021 Engineering Geology (10 credits)
GL6022 Environmental Planning and Regulation (5 credits)
GL6023 Offshore Environmental Geology (5 credits)
GL6024 Applied Geophysics (5 credits)
GL6025 Geoinfomatics for Environmental Geology (5 credits)
GL6026 Field Geology Techniques (5 credits)
GL6027 Industry Case Studies (5 credits)

Part II (30 credits) [April – September]
GL6019 Environmental Geology research project (30 credits)

Career Opportunities
The wide-ranging module content and advanced fieldwork experience on offer in this Masters programme will allow graduates to enter a wide range of geoscience/ environmental science  orientated careers.  The programme is built on strong links with industry and government agencies.  30 of the 90 credits involve an industry based independent research project with the majority of the taught course components delivered through field and laboratory based activities. The course offers a unique opportunity for international students to gain EU based work experience while studying for their Masters. There is currently a global high demand for graduates with environmental geology skills and that this is projected to grow in the coming years. Key employers
in the sector include government and local government agencies, larger engineering practices and  smaller scale consultancies specializing in environmental geology, engineering geology and hydrogeology.


Further Information

For further information email Programme Co-ordinator Dr Pat Meere (E: T:+353 21 4904576)

For information on the Application Procedure
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +353 -21 -4902876/3241

Pac Code: CKR53 full-time, CKR54 part-time.

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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