Applied Environmental Geoscience; Hydrogeology;
The MSc in Applied Environmental Geoscience provides comprehensive training in the theory and practice of environmental geoscience to equip graduates for careers in scientific, engineering and environmental consultancies, natural resources and mining industries, regulatory agencies and research in Ireland and further afield.
The vocational programme was established in 2017 in consultation with industry and government agencies in order to address a skills shortage identified in the environmental geoscience sector in Ireland. The MSc in Applied Environmental Geoscience combines a core focus of hydrogeology/contaminated land and engineering geology (30 credits) with advanced modules in applied geophysics, geoinformatics, environmental monitoring and assessment, environmental law and offshore environmental geology. This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars which are supported by field courses and laboratory practical sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on obtaining ‘hands-on’ practical experience following international standards in best practice using real-world industry examples. 30 of the 90 credits involve an independent research project completed with an industry collaborator or as part of ongoing research projects within the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES). The course offers a unique opportunity for international students to gain EU based work experience whilst studying for their Masters. There is currently a global high demand for graduates with applied environmental geoscience skills and this demand is projected to grow in the coming years. The course content is regularly reviewed by a panel of industry advisors from a range of local and international geoscience practice areas in order to meet the ongoing needs of the geoscience sector.
Students in Part I take taught modules to the value of 60 credits involving field study, lectures, practical classes, seminars and workshops.
Students in Part II will undertake a substantial Research Project to the value of 30 credits in an area of environmental geoscience. Part II consists of a research dissertation based on independent research to the value of 30 credits (GL6019) which is completed between April and September. Students will complete a research project during a five-month placement in industry or a research group within the School of BEES, University College Cork.
Organised by School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork.