What is Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology?
The protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development are central to national and global economies. As the world’s industries and markets become greener, the need for scientists who specialise in environmental science and sustainable technology will continue to grow. The aim of this course is to produce graduate scientists for a range of interesting careers within the smart green economy.
About the Course
Most of the modules taught have a significant laboratory element and students can expect to spend 50% of their contact time working with modern laboratory instrumentation. The emphasis is on making scientific measurements and analysing the results, as well as calibrating and operating technical equipment. To assist in this, the students receive a comprehensive foundation in physics and chemistry together with specialist modules in electronics, statistics, instrumentation, environmental GIS, smart sensors and the internet of things.
There is a continual green ethos throughout the course; the provision of green technical and managerial modules aim to stimulate graduates to become champions of sustainability. There are modules that deal with waste management, water and air quality, as well as green auditing to ensure that graduates are fully up-to-date with the legal, economic and technical aspects of environmental monitoring.
In addition to the scientiﬁc and technical modules, there are a number of modules designed to develop competencies in communication skills, report writing and presentation skills, and research methods along with an emphasis on teamwork.
In Year 3, students are placed within an industry or research group for work placement. It may be possible for the work placement to be in an international location.
In the ﬁnal year of the course, there is a major technical project in the area of environmental monitoring.
This Honours Degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised Degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience.
The Institute of Physics provides routes for suitably qualified and experienced Members to become Chartered Physicists and Chartered Engineers. Further details can be found on the Institute of Physics website.
Suitable qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at CIT at Master’s (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.
What is the difference between this course and other environmental courses?
The mix of physical science, modern analytical instruments and green management is unique and quite different to traditional environmental science courses. There is a strong focus on lab based technical skills and the use of modern instrumentation to measure environmental parameters. Students learn how to operate and calibrate sophisticated computer controlled equipment as well as how to critically analyse and validate their data.
How comfortable do I need to be with science subjects?
Physics and chemistry at Leaving Certiﬁcate level is helpful but not essential, as the key content in both subjects are covered in year one of the course.
What should my interests be?
A strong interest in technology and the environment, specifically the use of modern computer controlled measuring instruments that contribute to the protection of the environment and enable the development of sustainable solutions for industries and society in general.
Where am I likely to work?
You could be working for the Environmental Protection Agency or Local authorities ensuring environmental license compliance for example by monitoring the quality of air in our cities and towns. Opportunities exist in industry in particular in the pharmachem, manufacturing and agrifood sectors where technical specialists are required to monitor a range of environmental parameters and present solutions where issues arise.
"Since graduating from the BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology, I have worked as an Environmental Consultant for Environet Solutions on a diverse range of sustainability and environmental projects, for both local and multinational clients.
Having since spent a number of years working in industry, I can safely say that this course provided me with both a strong technical background and the skills required to succeed in a variety of multidisciplinary teams. I found the lecturers were knowledgeable and that the course content was relevant, interesting and comprehensive; whilst maintaining a nice balance between academic and industry focus. The smaller classes provided the opportunity to discuss and debate topics from the lectures and to develop my communication and presentation skills."
My degree also helped me develop strong research and writing skills that are invaluable in my professional career."