• This is a new practice based course developed by NUI Galway and Next level Skillnet.
  • Course content inculdes the following core module: Environmental Science, Environmental Managemetn for Organisations, Environmental Compliance, The Lean Organisation and Technology, Environmental Leadership in Organisations, Environmental Awareness and CSR.
  • Elective modules include: Energy Management, Wast Management and Compliance, Water Management and Conservation, Lifecycle Design for Environment.


September 2020

Closing Date:

Contact Course Administrator for academic information and application details.
Contact Sue Davies, Next Level Skillnet, for information on the fee subsidy.

The application deadline is 31st July 2020


What Type of Course is it?
This is a new practice-based course developed by NUI Galway and Next Level Skillnet. This course provides an overview of the evolution of environmental planning and management and its relationship to society and industry today. Drawing on contemporary examples, this course will explore the roots and principles of environmental planning and management in practice, introducing students to a range of conceptual and practical approaches. It will prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be leaders and decision makers in developing solutions for contemporary environmental issues in industrial and commercial environments. It will also provide students with an understanding of waste legislation, the key issues and practical implications in relation to waste management and focus on lean processes and waste prevention.

How Will I Benefit?
This specialist diploma award is particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement in the area of environmental policy and leadership to strengthen their capacities as efficient environmental managers and effective environmental leaders in their organisations.

The course will run from September to May. It is delivered by a combination of Saturday on-campus workshops approximately every 4 weeks, online lectures and learning activities, eBooks and other digital resources, and printed module guides. There will also be guest lectures and site visits.

Each module is individually assessed by assignments completed throughout the semester. The major assignment for each module will be the development of a plan for the participant’s workplace.

Blended Learning
The course is delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates will have access to comprehensive learning materials for each module. Materials will be specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material and interactive learning resources where appropriate. The course requires attendance on campus for approximately 10 hours per module, or one Saturday every month between September and May. Between campus visits you will interact with tutors and peers via an online learning system.

This Specialist Diploma consists of six modules, each worth 5 ECTS, giving a total of 30 ECTS.

The modules are:

      • Environmental Management for Organisations
      • Energy Management
      • Waste Management and Compliance
      • Water Management and Conservation
      • Environmental Compliance
      • Lifecycle Design for Environment
      • The Lean Organisation and Technology
      • Environmental Leadership in Organisations
      • Environmental Awareness and CSR

Not every module noted above will be available every academic year

This course is aimed at technicians, operatives, engineers, middle or senior managers who wish to move into specialist environmental and resource management roles, develop organisational systems, and advise senior management.

The course would also suit those who are interested in environmental entrepreneurship, new service or product development, emerging models, consulting roles etc.

The fees for the course are 2,170 euro for E.U students and 2,670 euro for non-E.U students. This fee includes:

  • Registration
  • Tuition fees
  • Course materials
  • Assessments

*Applicants eligible for funding from Next Level Skillnet may get a reduction of up to 50% and the tuition fee would then be: €1,085

Entry Requirements
Applicants must have a level 7 award of no less than 90 ECTS.

Next Steps

For Applications details please contact sciencetech@nuigalway.ie.

  • Supporting documents include form of ID (birth cert/passport/drivers licence) and transcript of previous exam results obtained.