Environmental Science (Higher Diploma) (Full-time) (September 2020 )

University of Limerick (21HDENSCUFAD)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Full Time

ECTS Credits



School of Engineering

General Information

Ask for a Springboard+ Co-ordinator




061 202605 or 061 234379


Graduate & Professional Studies
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX


Springboard+ Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

The closing date for applications has been extended until Friday 25th September 2020. All applications received before this date will be contacted with a link to apply to UL as soon as it is available. Please note classes begin 28th September.

This Higher Diploma in Environmental Science at the University of Limerick allows graduates of other science and engineering degrees to develop graduate level knowledge and skills in this growth area. They will benefit from a programmes that is distinctive in its relevance to industry and business, through a focus on environmental technology, environmental management and health & safety in the workplace.

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.


After completing this course, students will have knowledge in the following key areas:
Environmental Science - the application of the fundamental sciences to environmental issues
Environmental Management - how strategies can be developed and implemented in protecting all aspects of the environment
Clean Technology - the use of cleaner technologies and processes to minimise the negative impacts of technology on the environment
Waste Management - the study of the physical methodologies and techniques for dealing with increasing levels of waste generated by the manufacturer and consumer
Health & Safety - a complementary area to environmental science which specifically deals with significant health and safety issues both in the workplace and in outdoor environments

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a Level 8 honours degree at a minimum second class honours, grade 2 (NQF or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant STEM discipline such as engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology.
Applicants from other disciplines who have relevant scientific elements in their primary degree will also be considered.

Applicants who possess an honours degree, minimum 2nd class, grade 2, or equivalent in a non-numerate discipline and have three years experiential learning in an appropriate discipline will be considered.

RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) entry will be available for those who do not meet the minimum entry requirement but who have gained substantial experience in the area.

Long Description

Maintaining both the quality of life and a clean and healthy environment is now a major concern of Government,
employers, non-governmental organisations and citizens. The EU now has a very comprehensive environmental policy,
and as a Member State, Ireland is obliged to act in accordance with this policy.

More stringent environmental requirements are being placed on industry and community in areas such as energy usage,
waste minimisation, waste management, recycling, water and air quality. Consequently, there is a strong demand for
graduates with a scientific understanding of environmental and health and safety issues, together with a full knowledge of
technological and management methods available to help improve the quality of our environment.

ER4417 - ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT: EIA is a key skill for environmental scientists, genesis, development, legal framework, and design
ER4627 - SAFETY AND INDUSTRY: principles of accident causation and prevention in the workplace. Hazard and process safety analysis
CH4055 - ENVIRONMENTAL CATALYSIS: Catalytic processes, with emphasis on end-of-pipe technologies for gaseous pollutant from flues
ER4405 - CONSERVATION ECOLOGY: purpose of biodiversity conservation, and how expenditure on conservation may be justified
HS4208-SAFETY TECHNOLOGY: fire safety management, emergency planning, machine safety and electrical hazards in the workplace
ER4448 - MANAGING SAFETY & HEALTH: health and safety risk management systems, methodologies aimed at managing risks in a systematic way
ER4606 - CLEAN TECHNOLOGY: Methods of recycling, reducing or removing gaseous or aqueous waste from industrial processes
ER4508 - POLLUTION CONTROL (WASTE MANAGEMENT): Waste Minimisation, Hazardous Waste Management, Waste to energy systems, Waste recycling & Re-use
AU4064 - PROJECT : company based-project to improve work practices
CA4003 - Career Development: An optional module for those students who wish to pursue this professional development workshop. Which prepare learners with CV and career coaching, develop a LinkedIn/online presence, physical presentation and interviews skills. (this module is subject to change)

Timetable Info

This is traditionally a fulltime course which is taught on campus. Given the current environment this course is planned to be delivered in line with the Universities strategy on dealing with the ever evolving COVID19 situation. Therefore this course will now be delivered in a fulltime blended format for semester 1 at least.

It is expected that anyone that wishes to participate in this course will be available to attend Full Time, on campus lecturers as soon as delivery can return to normal.

For updates on the impact of COVID19 on delivery please regularly consult this section of the University of Limerick website:

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Ask for a Springboard+ Co-ordinator


Graduate & Professional Studies
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX


061 202605 or 061 234379



RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2020 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures


Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2). You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- Digital quality head and shoulders photograph.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Employed participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €750 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
Should an offer be made, in order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of €250 to the University of Limerick. This €250 will be deducted from the contribution of €750 as outlined above. The full fees of €750 are due in two equal instalments which is €375. Once the €250 acceptance has been paid then the remaining fee for semester 1 of €125 is due by 4th September 2020. The remaining €375 is due by 15th January 2021.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:

NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.

Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).

Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)