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CR 365

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 365
  • Field of StudyEnvironmental Science & Sustainable Technology
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 Years (8 Semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 334

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.


Further Studies

Suitable qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at CIT at Master’s (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.


Question Time

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.



Graduate Profile

Alan Setter
Environmental Consultant

"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."

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only: Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.

Career Opportunities

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.

Green employment opportunities and the range of green careers are growing. Being multi-skilled and interdisciplinary, graduates of this course can expect to find excellent employment opportunities, nationally and internationally, in areas such as green consulting, environmental management, environmental consulting, green auditing, energy auditing, environmental monitoring, waste and emissions reduction, energy generation using sustainable technologies, carbon footprint reduction, research & development, and business development.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Green Consultancy
  • Environmental Management
  • Green Auditing
  • Energy Auditing
  • Carbon Footprint Reduction
  • Waste and Emissions Reduction 

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams. For detailed information on the BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology, please click here.

First Year at a Glance

  • Environmental Science: an introduction to the scientific study of environmental systems
  • Mathematics: Developing the tools for environmental science and sustainable technology
  • Chemical Principles: physical sciences to the fundamentals of atomic theory, chemical bonding, the periodic table, physical states of matter, and stoichiometric calculations
  • Fundamental Physics: an introductory course comprising foundation physics topics relevant to all fields of science
  • Sustainable Technology: current and emerging techniques and technologies in materials and energy that underpin sustainability
  • Measurement and Calibration of sensors used for environmental monitoring

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