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Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Engineering

The Diploma is a one-year postgraduate course designed to provide civil engineers and other suitably qualified graduates with a sound knowledge of present day practice in environmental engineering. The course has special relevance for local authority engineers but it has also been designed for those in the private sector who have a particular interest in environmental management. Topics covered in the course include air quality, noise, hydrological processes, water and wastewater treatment, solid and toxic waste management, fire safety engineering and environmental monitoring and control. Environmental Impact Studies and analysis of risk, as an inherent part of infrastructural development, are also considered. This course has been approved by Engineers Ireland as meeting its requirements for continuing professional development.


Course Organisation

Lectures are normally Lectures are held on Friday evenings from 7.00pm - 10.00pm and Saturday mornings from 9.30am - 12.30pm each week over two semesters (late September to April). In addition to attending lectures, participants are required to submit coursework as part of the students’ assessment.


Course Content

  • Environmental impact assessment and sustainability.
  • Waste management and contaminated land.
  • Environmental legislation.
  • Renewable energies and the environment.
  • Hydrology and hydrogeology.
  • Environmental risk evaluation.
  • Noise ; Air quality.
  • Fire engineering.
  • Water and wastewater treatment.
  • Water borne disease and health.



The award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Engineering is based on a combination of the results of two examination papers and coursework. Each paper constitutes one third of the overall assessment. The mark for the coursework also constitutes one third of the overall grade. Students must pass each paper and the coursework element independently; there is no system of compensation. The pass mark for the examination papers is 40%. A Distinction is awarded to those who obtain an overall average mark of 70% or over at the summer examination.


Recommended texts

Extensive notes are provided by individual lecturers, who may also recommend texts.