Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise
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Are you concerned about environmental sustainability? Are you someone who is interested in achieving real systems change across enterprise and industry? Do you want to know how business can play a part in the transition to a sustainable society? If so, then our new course Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise may be just right for you!
The world faces unprecedented environmental challenges. Growing public awareness and concerns over climate change and environmental sustainability are pushing businesses to place sustainability at the heart of business strategy, operations and decision-making.
The transition towards a sustainable and zero carbon business presents a tremendous opportunity for companies to drive innovation, increase competitiveness, manage risk and stimulate growth and you can play a role in it. Radical technological innovations, different business models, and new competences and skills are needed. The transition will require interdisciplinary approaches, combining and considering technological, economic, social, managerial and environmental aspects.
Through a blend of academic coursework, interdisciplinary insights, business case studies and application, peer learning and individual reflection, you will become part of a community of business leaders that will lead the transition to sustainable business practices. During this course you will also develop a deep reconsideration of skills and competences needed to deliver such a transition. The course draws on the interdisciplinary strengths and capabilities within the Environmental Research Institute. It also draws on the strength of UCC’s ongoing commitment and success in their Green Campus initiative, which embeds sustainability in all university strategies while also delivering sustainability on the ground.
Apply now and become a future leader in sustainability in enterprise!
The aim of the programme is to provide an interdisciplinary postgraduate conversion course in environmental sustainability in business and enterprise.
The overall aim of the programme is to ensure that graduates have the knowledge, understanding, leadership skills and professional values required to be outstanding leaders in environmental sustainability in business and enterprise.
Applicants must have a primary degree (NFQ Level 8) with Second Class Honours Grade 2, or equivalent, in any of the following: Science, Engineering, Medicine and Health, Business, Management, Law, Sociology, Geography, or a related discipline.
A quota will be allocated to applicants who do not meet these entry requirements. These applicants will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning and assessed on the following factors:
• Academic achievement
• Prior Work Experience
• Letter of Reference
• Personal Statement
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency: See requirements here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/
The world faces unprecedented climate and environmental challenges. Diminishing natural resources, growing public awareness of climate change, and concerns over environmental sustainability are pushing enterprises to place sustainability and decarbonisation at the heart of strategy, operations and decision-making while at the same time maximising employment provision and profitability. Accordingly, there are a growing number of enterprises, across multiple sectors, which require a skilled and knowledgeable workforce in sustainability and decarbonisation. Likewise, those working in regulation or policy need to have the knowledge base to address the complexities of the ‘sustainability’ challenge.
The transition towards sustainable and zero carbon enterprises is one of the biggest opportunities for companies in the coming years to drive innovation, increase competitiveness and stimulate growth while also managing risk. Successfully achieving systemic change requires, not only, radical technological innovations and different business models, but also new competences and skills. These include the ability to combine and consider engineering, economic, social, managerial, legal and environmental constraints by embracing interdisciplinarity, complexity and systems thinking. The inter-disciplinary approach of the Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise is particularly suited to address the complex challenges of the transition to a low carbon economy and the outputs of the programme will provide benefits across a range of industries.
The Higher Diploma leverages UCC’s Sustainability Strategy and the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary strengths and capacity developed over 20 years within the Environmental Research Institute. It also draws on the strength of UCC’s commitment and success in their Green Campus initiative, which embeds sustainability in all university strategies and activities. UCC is a global leader in sustainability whereby its student-led, research-informed and practice-focussed approach has successfully delivered institutional transformation. This Higher Diploma aims to build on this success to support the transformation to a low carbon economy across a range of industry sectors using a flexible approach that is responsive to emerging skills needs. The strong links between learning, research and teaching have been key to UCC’s success in sustainability and this approach will underpin the successful delivery of the programme. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the sustainability challenge, it is necessary for the Higher Diploma to reach across a number of Colleges and Schools.
The Higher Diploma will produce a community of leaders equipped to lead the transition to sustainable enterprise practices through decarbonisation. Along with a focus on the technological and business challenges of a transition to a zero carbon business, this course will include a deep reconsideration of, and reflection on, the transversal skills and competences needed to deliver such a societal transition. These competencies entail moving beyond issue-related knowledge through problem-solving approaches that integrate systems thinking, futures thinking, values thinking, strategic thinking, interdisciplinary thinking, and strong collaboration across government, businesses and civil society. Participants will gain a comprehensive insight into the key principles and theories associated with business, management and the circular economy, while developing transferable leadership skills and identifying business opportunities through innovative frameworks.
Core Modules (50 credits)
CE5010 Progressing toward Sustainable Industry (5 credits)
CE5011 Environmental Engineering - Wet (5 credits)
PE3011 Sustainability and Environmental Protection I (5 credits)
CE5009 Circular Economy Energy & Environmental Systems (5 Credits)
FE2012 Sustainability in Modern Business (5 credits)
MG5005 Marketing Ethics and Sustainability (5 credits)
EC3156 Environmental Economics: The Problem of Climate Change (5 credits)
UW0005 Sustainability (5 credits)
CE4025 Leadership in Sustainability in Enterprise (5 credits)
NE5003 Sustainable Energy (5 credits)
Elective Modules (choose 10 credits)
FE5001 Marketing and Communications for Sustainable Food Production and Consumption (5 credits)
EV4002 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (10 credits)
EV4012 Environmental Impact Assessments (5 credits)
SC3029 Sociology of the Environment (5 credits)
MG5006 Management in Practice (5 credits)
MG2003 Consumer Behaviour & Sustainable Consumption (5 credits)
Why study Environmental Sustainability in Enterprise?
Growing public awareness and concerns over climate change and environmental sustainability are pushing enterprises to place sustainability at the heart of business strategy, operations and decision-making. Accordingly, there are a growing number of enterprises, across multiple sectors, which require a skilled and knowledgeable workforce in sustainability and decarbonisation. The Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise aims to produce graduates with these competencies.
Who should apply?
This higher diploma is ideal for high achieving graduates from a range of backgrounds who have an interest in upskilling and diversifying into the area of environmental sustainability in business and enterprise. In addition, this programme would also be suitable to candidates who have considerable professional experience in business, industry or enterprise and wish to become leaders in environmental sustainability and decarbonisation within their organisation.
Why study Environmental Sustainability in Enterprise at UCC?
UCC is a global leader in sustainability. The Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise leverages UCC’s Sustainability Strategy and the interdisciplinary strengths and capacity developed over 20 years within UCC’s Environmental Research Institute. This higher diploma will draw on the strength of UCC’s Green Campus initiative, which has successfully delivered institutional transformation by embedding sustainability in all university strategies and activities. It builds on this success to support the transformation to a low carbon economy across a range of sectors.
What sort of jobs would this course prepare me for?
This programme would ideally prepare candidates for leadership roles in environmental sustainability and decarbonisation within business and enterprise. However, the skills acquired as part of this programme would also be highly applicable to other roles within enterprise.
Are there any career workshops included as part of this course?
Students will have access to the UCC career services. Main activities will include:
1. One-to-one career coaching to formulate individual career action plans leading to employment:
* Where they are now in their careers?
* Where they want to be?
* Strategies for gaining employment on completion of the programme.
2. Job readiness workshops to complement individual coaching sessions will be built into the programme as outlined below:
* Positioning oneself for job readiness: Setting realistic career objectives; Understanding strengths and skills; Learning from successful role models; Developing a career management strategy.
*Moving forward into a job: Taking action by developing career goals and implementing them;
* Creative job-hunting both on-line and off-line; Written applications, CVS and interview preparation and implementing career plans.
3. Participants will be given the opportunity to meet employers by attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students.
Will I get exposure to business, industry and enterprise in this course?
This course will have direct input from a number of enterprises, via guest lectures, industrial-based projects and site tours.
This is a full-time programme requiring a significant time commitment. Lectures will be scheduled during weekdays. This will include a mix of daytime and evening lectures.
UCC Campus and Online
The teaching delivery is mainly face to face. Some elements of the teaching will be delivered using a hybrid model, including synchronous online lectures and pre-recorded material.
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RPL may be used by HCI participants applying to this course to gain admission to the programme where an applicant may not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements, with applications assessed on the following factors: Academic achievement, Prior Work Experience, Letter of Reference and Personal Statement.
Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie.
Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.
Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the documentation below available at the time of application. Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.
1. Copies of transcripts (results) and parchments for any previous educational qualifications.
2. Application statement - please describe in a maximum of 500 words why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements. Applicants should also reflect on their ability to commit to the course's delivery method - whether on campus in UCC or online.
3. Detailed and up-to-date CV.
4. Proof of selected category of applicant, i.e. employed, formally self-employed, recent graduate, unemployed, or returner.
Proof of applicant status:
• If employed: Recent payslip / recent letter from your employer confirming you work for them / recent letter or statement from Revenue demonstrating your current employment.
• If formally self-employed: A letter/statement from Revenue confirming you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant / a sworn declaration stating that you are no longer self-employed.
• If a recent graduate (2021 or 2022): Copy of transcript of results
• If unemployed: A recent document from DSP or your local INTREO office confirming you are in receipt of a qualifying payment for 9 of the past 12 months.
• If a returner: download a declaration form from Springboard+ FAQ page and sign it before a Commissioner for Oaths / Peace Commissioner:
Please see https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility for more detail.
5. IF applying as a non-native English speaker: Proof of English language competency is required i.e. copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements. Please see https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/ for more detail.
6. Proof of meeting the nationality/residency requirement if applicable (Relevant applicants must provide evidence of residency for 3 out of the last 5 years).
7. IF applying via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – (meaning you do not meet the minimum entry requirements of an NFQ Level 8 Primary Honours Degree but wish to apply based on experience) please provide a personal or academic reference to support your application.