UCC Postgraduate courses

Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise

About This Course

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Course Outline

Are you concerned about environmental sustainability? Are you someone who is interested in achieving real systems change across enterprise and industry? Do you want to know how business can play a part in the transition to a sustainable society? If so, then the Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise may be just right for you!

The world faces unprecedented environmental challenges. Growing public awareness and concerns over climate change and environmental sustainability are pushing businesses to place sustainability at the heart of business strategy, operations and decision-making.

The transition towards a sustainable and zero carbon business presents a tremendous opportunity for companies to drive innovation, increase competitiveness, manage risk and stimulate growth and you can play a role in it. Radical technological innovations, different business models, and new competences and skills are needed. The transition will require interdisciplinary approaches, combining and considering technological, economic, social, managerial and environmental aspects.

Through a blend of academic coursework, interdisciplinary insights, business case studies and application, peer learning and individual reflection, you will become part of a community of business leaders that will lead the transition to sustainable business practices. During this course you will also develop a deep reconsideration of skills and competences needed to deliver such a transition. These include the ability to combine and consider engineering, economic, social, managerial, legal, and environmental constraints by embracing interdisciplinarity, complexity, and systems thinking.

The inter-disciplinary approach of the Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise is particularly suited to address the complex challenges of the transition to a low carbon economy. The course also draws on the interdisciplinary strengths and capabilities within the Environmental Research Institute. It builds on the strength of UCC’s ongoing commitment and success in their Green Campus initiative, which embeds sustainability in all university strategies while also delivering sustainability on the ground. The strong links between learning, research and teaching have been key to UCC’s success in sustainability and this approach will underpin the successful delivery of the programme. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the sustainability challenge, the Higher Diploma benefits from its  reach across a number of Colleges and Schools

The Higher Diploma will produce a community of leaders equipped to lead the transition to sustainable enterprise practices through decarbonisation. Participants will gain a comprehensive insight into the key principles and theories associated with business, management and the circular economy, while developing transferable leadership skills and identifying business opportunities through innovative frameworks. 

Apply now and become a future leader in sustainability in enterprise

Core Modules (50 credits)  

  • CE5010 Progressing toward Sustainable Industry (5 credits)  
  • CE5011 Environmental Engineering - Wet (5 credits)  
  • PE3011 Sustainability and Environmental Protection I (5 credits)  
  • CE5009 Circular Economy Energy & Environmental Systems (5 Credits) 
  • FE2012 Sustainability in Modern Business (5 credits)   
  • MG5005 Marketing Ethics and Sustainability (5 credits)  
  • EC3156 Environmental Economics: The Problem of Climate Change (5 credits)  
  • UW0005 Sustainability (5 credits)  
  • CE4025 Leadership in Sustainability in Enterprise (5 credits) 
  • NE5003 Sustainable Energy (5 credits)  

Elective Modules (choose 10 credits)  

  • FE5001 Marketing and Communications for Sustainable Food Production and Consumption (5 credits)  
  • EV4012 Environmental Impact Assessments (5 credits) 
  • SC3029 Sociology of the Environment (5 credits)  
  • MG5006 Management in Practice (5 credits)  
  • MG2003 Consumer Behaviour & Sustainable Consumption (5 credits)
  • EV4002 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (10 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The teaching delivery is mainly face-to-face. Some elements of the teaching will be delivered using a hybrid model, including synchronous online lectures and pre-recorded material. 

Course Practicalities

This is a full-time programme requiring a significant time commitment. Lectures will be scheduled on weekdays. This will include a mix of daytime and evening lectures.  

2022/2023 Sample Timetables:

Please note these are subject to change.  Students must check the live web timetables ahead of the start of each semester. 

Why Choose This Course

Why study Environmental Sustainability in Enterprise?
Growing public awareness and concerns over climate change and environmental sustainability are pushing enterprises to place sustainability at the heart of business strategy, operations, and decision-making. Accordingly, there are a growing number of enterprises, across multiple sectors, which require a skilled and knowledgeable workforce in sustainability and decarbonisation. The Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise aims to produce graduates with these competencies.

Who should apply?
This higher diploma is ideal for high achieving graduates from a range of backgrounds who have an interest in upskilling and diversifying into the area of environmental sustainability in business and enterprise. In addition, this programme would also be suitable for candidates who have considerable professional experience in business, industry, or enterprise and wish to become leaders in environmental sustainability and decarbonisation within their organisation.

Why study Environmental Sustainability in Enterprise at UCC?
UCC is a global leader in sustainability. The Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise leverages UCC’s Sustainability Strategy and the interdisciplinary strengths and capacity developed over 20 years within UCC’s Environmental Research Institute. This higher diploma will draw on the strength of UCC’s Green Campus initiative, which has successfully delivered institutional transformation by embedding sustainability in all university strategies and activities. It builds on this success to support the transformation to a low-carbon economy across a range of sectors.

Skills and Careers Information

What sort of jobs would this course prepare me for?

This programme would ideally prepare candidates for leadership roles in environmental sustainability and decarbonisation within business and enterprise. However, the skills acquired as part of this programme would also be highly applicable to other roles within enterprise.

Are there any career workshops included as part of this course?

Students will have access to the UCC career services. Main activities will include:

  1. Career coaching to formulate individual career action plans leading to employment, reflecting on: 
    1. Where are they now in their careers?
    2. Where do they want to be?
    3. Strategies for gaining employment on completion of the programme.
  2. Job readiness workshops will be built into the programme as outlined below:
    1. Positioning oneself for job readiness: Setting realistic career objectives; Understanding strengths and skills; Learning from successful role models; Developing a career management strategy.
    2. Moving forward into a job: Taking action by developing career goals and implementing them;
    3. Creative job-hunting both on-line and off-line; Written applications, CVs and interview preparation and implementing career plans.
  3. Participants will be given the opportunity to meet employers by attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students.

Will I get exposure to business, industry and enterprise in this course?

This course will have direct input from a number of enterprises, via guest lectures, industrial-based projects and site tours.

Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree (NFQ Level 8) with Second Class Honours Grade 2, or equivalent, in any of the following: Science, Engineering, Medicine and Health, Business, Management, Law, Sociology, Geography, or a related discipline.

A quota will be allocated to applicants who do not meet these entry requirements. These applicants will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning and assessed on the following factors:

  • Academic achievement
  • Prior Work Experience
  • Letter of Reference
  • Personal Statement

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency: See our English language proficiency requirements.

Fees and Costs

As part of the Human Capital Initiative (HCI), for 2022, the HEA will be subsidising spaces on this programme.

  • Standard EU Fee: €6,000
  • 90% Subsidised Fee: €600 payable by the applicant
  • 100% Subsidised Fee: No course fees payable by the applicant

For full details on subsidies available please see 'What will it cost?' on the main HCI Pillar 1 webpage.

How Do I Apply

Application Information:

Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will only be assessed when all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the documentation below available at the time of application. 

For mainstream applications, you will need:

  • Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications
  • Personal / Motivation Statement - In 300 words or less, please state:
    • 1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork
    • 2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.
  • Current CV
  • Copy of an up-to-date University-approved English language exam e.g. IELTS, TOFEL, Duolingo etc., for non-native English speakers

For applications considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you will need:

  • Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications
  • Current CV
  • References where applicable
  • Personal / Motivation Statement - In 500 words or less, please state:
    • 1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork
    • 2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.
  • Copy of an up-to-date University-approved English language exam e.g. IELTS, TOFEL, Duolingo etc., for non-native English speakers

Apply online via the Springboard+ Platform

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