Engineering for Climate Action (P.Grad.Dip.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
50 Places


Course Overview

The Diploma in Engineering for Climate Action is aimed at individuals who have recently taken up, or wish to transition into, positions of responsibility for sustainability and climate action, within an existing organisation or as part of a newly formed company delivering support in this area.

Academic and industry experts from engineering, business and psychology deliver the programme and provide students with the knowledge and experience to effectively respond to the climate and biodiversity emergency and make a sustainable impact at an individual, organisational and national level. The course empowers graduates to define balanced solutions to support a low-carbon and resilient future, whilst maximising the value in the life cycle of finite global resources from efficient consumption through to environmental management.

The primary goal of the programme is to develop graduates with technical and non-technical skills achieved through experts from engineering, business and psychology providing unique contributions towards climate action. A core focus of the programme is to support climate action measures in key areas of energy and resource pathways in transport, the built environment and industry through informed and innovative climate action.

Is This Course For Me?

The Engineering for Climate Action Postgraduate Diploma is designed for postgraduate students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a related field interested in pursuing a career in climate action and sustainable engineering.

The programme is suitable for those who want to expand their knowledge and skills in sustainable engineering practices, climate change mitigation and adaptation, renewable energy technologies, and green infrastructure planning. This course is also suitable for professionals who are already working in the engineering or environmental sector and are seeking to upskill or change their career path towards climate action and sustainability.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the high levels of specialisation necessary to analyse and design solutions to pressing global issues such as global warming, transportation and ensuring sustainable food and water supplies. They will be capable of advancing their career in a range of fields, including energy engineering, environmental engineering, and waste recycling. Graduates can also progress into areas such as research and innovation in the field of sustainability and environmental engineering.

Course Structure

This course is delivered over an eight-month (September-April) period across two-semesters, in 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time). Students take taught modules totaling 60 ECTS for the full-time P.Grad.Dip., which consist of 30 ECTS taught modules for the part-time P.Grad.Cert. pathway and 30 ECTS of taught modules for the part-time P.Grad.Dip. add-on.

The course schedule and blended-learning format of this course will provide flexibility for students to participate in the course outside of standard working hours (a combination of week-day evenings and Saturday mornings) and through an in-person or virtual learning environment.

Course Content

This course is comprised of seven modules. Full-time students take all modules in one year. Part-time Postgraduate Certificate students take the following five modules in Year 1: The Sustainable Green Organisation; Entrepreneurship for Climate Action; Introduction to Engineering for Climate Action; Life Cycle Assessment for Engineering Practice; and Engineering for the Environment.

If taking the part-time Postgraduate Diploma add-on pathway, students will take the remaining two modules in Year 2: Engineering for Climate Action: Mitigation & Adaptation; Energy Management and Efficiency

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Study Engineering for Climate Action (P.Grad.Dip.) at Trinity

Dr. Julie Clarke and Dr. John Gallagher give an overview of the Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering for Climate Action at Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

50 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Coordinator

Assistant Professor Julie Clarke

Course Director

Assistant Professor John Gallagher

Closing Date

31st July 2024

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the course is competitive. Applicants will be expected to have an Honours Bachelor’s degree at 2.1 or above, in a STEM subject (such as science, technology, engineering or mathematics), architecture, or a related cognate discipline.

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8961637

+353 (0)1 8961007

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