Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology (BSc Honours)

  • Course Code

    MT 878

  • Field of Study

    Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    See CAO.ie Website

Course Duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Course Summary

The protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development are central to the 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.

Admission Requirements:

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 MTU Cork campus Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to MTU Cork campus courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU Cork offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Cork campus Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Cork campus 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.


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Work Placement

A mandatory work placement of a minimum of 10 weeks takes place in Year 3. The student will be placed in an industry, organisation or research group where environmental science and sustainable technology are of importance. It may be possible for the placement to be in an international location.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Physics, Chemistry, Technology, Mathematics and Geography.

Further studies

Suitable qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at MTU at Masters (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.


Physical Sciences

Timing Details

4 Years (8 Semesters)

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What is Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology

The accurate and comprehensive monitoring of waste emissions is required to ensure minimal impact of industry and agriculture on water and air quality. The measurement of specific environmental parameters is vital to sustain the future growth of Irish Industry e.g. the Agrifood and Pharmachem sectors, as well as ensuring compliance with European environmental legislation. The aim of this course is to produce graduate scientists with specialist skills and knowledge in the areas of water quality, air quality, and waste management.


About the Course

MT878 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork



Recorded November 2021



This course offers a unique combination of scientific and instrumentation based modules to train graduates in the skills required to become environmental monitoring specialists, specifically in the areas of air and water quality analysis.


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.


Further Studies


Research link

Suitably qualified graduates (1H) are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork at Master's (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels under the supervision of departmental principal investigators based at CAPPAMass Spectrometry Group or elsewhere at MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork. 


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 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."

MTU 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 Instrumentation: Measurement and calibration of sensors used for environmental monitoring

  • Mathematics: Developing the tools for analysing scientific data

  • Chemical Principles

  • Fundamental Physics

  • Climate Change: Introduction to issues contributing to Climate Change

  • Green Team: Introduction to Sustainability and team work

As graduates of a STEM programme with an emphasis on technical skills, employment opportunities are excellent. The main employment areas are water quality analysis, air emissions monitoring, waste reduction, environmental consulting and management, green auditing, carbon footprint reduction as well as related research & development. Graduates can expect to work in a variety of situations such as working in an environmental testing laboratory or in waste management in a modern pharmachem plant; they could be office based or out in the field collecting and analysing environmental samples.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Air and Water Quality Monitoring

  • Environmental Consultancy

  • Wastewater and Air Emissions Reduction

  • Green Auditing

  • Data Analytics

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2020: 253

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

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