Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Gesche Kindermann
Lecturer - Microbiology
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Sustainable Environments

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

This multidisciplinary course provides students with insight into environment, health, and sustainability issues within urban and rural environments. It integrates ecological, health and sustainability issues and considers their interaction within the natural and built environments. It combines modules from Environmental Science, Engineering and Economics to provide students with experience of research-led learning opportunities that will develop skills in identifying and evaluating sustainable solutions for real world environmental problems. Fieldtrips to learn from the practical experience of professionals are an essential element of this course. This course is open to students from a variety of backgrounds.

This course combines theory, policy and practical experience to provide its graduates with the skills and knowledge that are needed to pursue successful careers in managing sustainable environments. It provides scene setting lectures, site visits and practical work to encourage students to adopt an informed, creative and innovative approach to problem solving. It will provide students with the competences to obtain employment in environmental consultancy, policy development or proceed to further research.

Website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Sustainable Resource Management: Policy and Practice (inter-institutional programme)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

This programme brings together theory, policy and practice to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience that are needed to pursue successful careers in managing environmental resources sustainably. This new course combines scene setting lectures by experts (including guest seminars), site visits and experiential learning to encourage students to adopt an informed, creative, innovatory and entrepreneurial approach to problem solving. As the course is structured around research that is strongly linked to decision makers in industry and government organisations, it will develop graduates with necessary skills in identifying and evaluating solutions for real world problems.

Website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Energy Systems Engineering (ME)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

This new programme, based at NUI Galway’s new Engineering Building, is for graduates of Level 8 BE degrees who want to develop their engineering knowledge for a career in industry or research based on energy systems applications. It is designed to meet the education standard for Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) with Engineers Ireland. It builds on the successful BE in Energy Systems Engineering, providing graduates with an opportunity to specialise further or to broaden their knowledge in engineering disciplines.

This programme is offered in the €40 million Engineering Building, a 14,200 square-metre modern, energy-efficient facility, and the largest School of Engineering in the country.

The building is a “living laboratory”, which provides high-tech working examples for engineering students to study.

Website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:

Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering https://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/civil-engineering.html
Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/electrical-electronic-engineering.html

M.Sc. Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security http://www.nuigalway.ie/ccafs/
M.Sc. Coastal Marine Envir: Physical Processes, Policy and Practice https://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/coastal-marine-environments.html
M.Sc. Global Environmental Economics http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/global-environmental-economics.html
M.Sc. Biodiversity & Land Use Planning http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/biodiversity-land-use-planning.html
M.Sc. Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/occupational-environmental-health-safety.html
M.Sc. AgInnovation (Distance Education) https://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/aginnovation.html

Master of Arts (Policy & Practice) https://www.nuigalway.ie/m/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/arts-policy-practice.html
Master of Arts (Health Promotion) http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/health-promotion.html
Master of Arts (Environment, Society and Development) http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/geography-environment-society-development.html
Master of Arts (Gender, Globalisation and Rights) http://www.nuigalway.ie/globalwomensstudies/ma/
Master of Arts (Landscape Archaeology) http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/geography-landscape-archaeology.html
Master of Arts (Politics & Sociology) http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/ma-sociology-and-politics.html
Master of Arts (Public Advocacy and Activism) http://www.nuigalway.ie/publicadvocacy/

Master of Laws Degree (International Human Rights) http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/law-international-human-rights.html
Master of Laws Degree (Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law & Conflict) http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/law-international-peace-support-operations.html
Master of Laws Degree (International Migration & Refugee Law & Policy) http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/law-international-migration-refugee-law.html
Master of Laws Degree (Public Law and Social Justice) https://www.nuigalway.ie/business-public-policy-law/school-of-law/courses/postgraduatetaughtcourses/llb/
Master of Laws Degree (International & Comparative Disability Law & Policy) http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/law-intl-comparative-disability-policy.html

M.Sc. (Bio-Innovation) - Research Postgraduate Degree

Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Public Policy (MA, PDip)

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The MA in Public Policy prepares its graduates to work in government, public bodies, civil society organisations, NGOs, International organisations, businesses and other fields and organisations that require an expert understanding of policy-making. It offers specialised modules in specific policy areas including: Environmental and Rural policy; Peace, Security and Development; Gender; Disability policy; Ageing policy; Child and Family policy. At a time when policy formulation and implementation is increasingly subject to political scrutiny and negotiation, the course emphasizes the political contexts in which policy is made and implemented and the development of digital government and new forms of public consultation and participation.

The programme is aimed at Arts graduates seeking a qualification that will help them to secure policy-related employment; graduates from other fields including Commerce and Law seeking to improve their employment prospects; and graduates interested in pursuing PhD research in an area where NUI Galway has specialist policy expertise.

Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

http://www.nuigalway.ie/ryaninstitute/postgraduateprograms/ -

There are over 160 postgraduate masters degree programs in NUI Galway. Of these there are 19 postgraduate masters degree programs that are strongly aligned with the Ryan Institute’s four research themes. The Ryan Institute in particular acts to support the research components of Masters degree programs which are aligned with its four research themes. This is achieved through the activities of the Ryan Institute’s Postgraduate Working Group.

The following postgraduate masters degree programs are strongly aligned with the Ryan Institute research themes, with many Masters degree students doing the research component of their Masters degrees in the research groups of Ryan Institute Principal Investigators.

Ag Innovation (MSc)
AgriBiosciences (Structured MSc), in collaboration with Teagasc
AgriFood Sustainability & Technology (MSc)
Biodiversity & Land-Use Planning (MSc)
Biotechnology (MSc)
Civil Engineering (ME)
Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (MSc)
Coastal & Marine Environments (MSc)
Computational Genomics (MSc)
Computer Science—Data Analytics (MSc)
Energy Systems Engineering (ME)
Environment, Society, & Development (MA)
Environmental Leadership (MSc)
Journalism (MA)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Natural Resource Economics & Policy (MEconSc)
Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety (MSc)
Politics and Sociology (MA)
Rural Sustainability (MA)
Sustainable Resource Management (MSc)
Water Resources Engineering (MSc)

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