Course Overview

Environmental Leadership

The MSc in Environmental Leadership will equip graduates with an advanced level of knowledge and problem-solving, management and communication skills in key areas relevant to the environment, marine and energy sectors. It will equip them with a capacity and capability for environmental leadership relevant to their career trajectory. The course has a focus on cross-sector skills and competences that can be transferred from one topic/occupational area to another, so enabling national and international occupational mobility for its graduates. 

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Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

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Dr Gesche Kindermann
MSc, Ph.D.
Applied Ecology Unit
Centre for Environmental Science
Arts/Science Concourse
National University of Ireland Galway
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Dr Liam Carr
Lecturer & Course Director
MSc in Coastal & Marine Environments
NUI Galway
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Dr Una FitzGerald
B.Eng, M.Sc, Ph.D
Lecturer Above The Bar
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Prof Christine Domegan
B. COMM., M.B.S., Ph.D.(NUI)
Personal Professor
Marketing Discipline
J.E. Cairnes School
of Business & Economics
University of Galway
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Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree with a 2.1 or above, or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Applicants who do not have an academic background and have relevant experience are welcome to apply. They may be required to attend an interview. 

Additional Requirements

English language proficiency: IELTS 6.5

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants who do not have an academic background and have relevant experience are welcome to apply. They may be required to attend an interview.



1 year

Next start date

September 2024

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Please view the offer rounds website.

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Course Outline

The course structure is based on a 90 ECTS model, with 60 ECTS coming from taught modules which account for either 5 or 10 credits each. A research project over the summer accounts for the remaining 30 ECTS.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
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Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Optional EV6101: The Environment and Human Health - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EV529: Environmental Impact Assessment - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MI5106: Environmental Resilience - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BI5108: Green Lab Principles and Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ST2001: Statistics for Data Science 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional TI6131: Introduction to Development - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional TI6134: Dynamics of Climate Change - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional PAB5125: One Health - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME521: Research Methods for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EV604: Environmental problems & Solutions - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required IE446: Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EV535: Research Project - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Required EV6102: Environmental Leadership - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC5117: Natural Resource Governance & Sustainability - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional TI6102: Marine Spatial Planning and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EV532: Climate Change & Biodiversity - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EV534: Invasive Species & Biodiversity - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MK5118: Social Marketing & Sustainability - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ST2002: Statistics for Data Science 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PAB5127: Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EG5105: Interdisciplinary Study of the Climate Neutral City Mission - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EV5102: Communicating Science and Research - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The course will produce well-rounded, motivated, mobile and dynamic problem-solvers and leaders who can work in any area related to environment, marine and energy. The subject knowledge, transferable skills and thesis elements of the course are designed to provide graduates with the opportunity to carry out further research, work in the public or private sector, or create their own employment.

Graduates will acquire transversal and multidisciplinary skills in governance, communication and management, enabling them to take on roles within an industrial setting, or within a regulatory body or private consultancy firm. Careers such as project managers, consultants and advisors exist within public and private sectors in Ireland and elsewhere. In addition, the course will provide opportunities for some students to move into PhD programmes or other research roles.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,640 p.a. (including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€8,500 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€27,000 p.a. (€27,140 including levy) 2024/25

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €4,000 towards your tuition (2024/25).  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  A P1 grant is where SUSI will pay tuition up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €140.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = Tuition (EU or NON EU) + Student levy as outlined above.

Note to non-EU students: learn about the 24-month Stayback Visa here.

Find out More

Dr Gesche Kindermann
T: +353 91 493863

Dr Caitriona Carlin
T: +353 91 493863


Gráinne Griffin |   MSc Environmental Leadership Graduate

I entered this course with a BSc in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology, but I wanted to further my BSc with a deeper level of knowledge and skillset on the environment, particularly in marine conservation. This MSc provided me with a well-rounded opportunity to participate in modules and projects relevant to our changing natural world, addressing environmental concerns such as rising sea levels and pollution. From key skills of communication, problem-solving and management, this course is delivered by excellent lecturers and researchers respected in their roles of expertise, providing their students with the education and guidance to progress into a vast range of careers in environmental sectors. I have gained invaluable knowledge and experience that has provided me with the clarity of how to address climate and environmental changes. I have learned about the value of nature and the importance of effectively and appropriately communicating research findings with individuals and communities of society, governments and international bodies; our changing world requires this inclusive collaboration from all nations for guidance on a path of global sustainability.

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