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What is Environmental sciences?

Environmental Science is the study of the various interactions between the biological, chemical and physical components of our environment with special emphasis on the human influences on these components. Environmental scientists have training that is similar to other physical or life scientists, but is specifically applied to the environment.

Environmental Sciences: The course for you?

This course has been designed to provide for the needs of students with an interest in this rapidly developing academic and professional field. It comprises specially designed modules plus suitable modules from contributing disciplines. There should be ample choice within the listed optional modules for a selection that reflects a particular student’s interests.

Environmental Sciences @ Trinity

Environmental Sciences is by its nature a multidisciplinary research area. A broad scientific knowledge is required which may also involve an understanding of economics, law and the social sciences. The Environmental Sciences programme therefore comprises specially designed modules plus a large range of optional modules from contributing disciplines to allow students to follow their own particular interets. Fieldwork is a core component of the course structure. Students attend a range of residential field excursions both around Ireland as well as in the Canary Islands and Kenya.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

As a graduate in this area you will be able to take advantage of the worldwide demand generated by increasing environmental awareness. Our graduates pursue careers in conservation, resource management, waste management, environmental research, environmental protection and environmental education.

Many graduates move straight into environmental consultancy, while others find employment in NGO’s, national and local government departments, monitoring agencies, conservation bodies and analytical laboratories. It is also common for a number of our graduates to choose to further their education by pursuing postgraduate degrees in Environmental Science.

Your degree and what you’ll study


  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Hydrology and Water Quality
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Freshwater Hydrobiology
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Soil Science
  • Environmental Governance
  • Environmental Dynamics
  • Field Skills in Plant and Environmental Science
  • Entomology
  • Economic Botany
  • Analysis in Geological, Earth and Environmental Research


  • Research Project
  • Environmental Literature
  • Data Handling
  • Research Comprehension
  • Applied Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Plant Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Water Technology
  • Environmental Governance II
  • Conservation and Wildlife Management
  • Tropical Ecology and Conservation
  • Plant-Animal Interactions
  • Spatial Analysis using GIS

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What our graduates say

Maeve Ryan

“I decided to study Environmental Sciences as I had an interest in global environmental change and environmental governance. I graduated in 2013, and I am currently studying for an MSc in Environment and Development at King’s College London.

The degree has a wide variety of optional modules to choose from, and this flexibility enabled me to focus on areas related to my career aspirations. The programme also provided me with exciting opportunities. I carried out six weeks of data collection for my dissertation in the Wakatobi Marine National Park (Indonesia) researching how coral structure and function differed in a no-fishing zone compared to a reef located near a village. During final year, I participated in an eleven-day residential field trip to Kenya, which focused on the trade-off between conservation and development in a range of ecosystems.

Overall, I found that the broad background of this programme was a great basis for whichever route within the environmental sector I wanted to take.”

What our current students say

Jamie Turner JS Environmental Science 2016

“This is a fantastic course for those keen to broaden their perspective. It provides a chance to study areas such as Ecology, Hydrology and Wildlife Biology in both theoretical and practical settings. The huge variety in lectures and labs is really engaging and the opportunity to take part in the Gran Canaria fieldcourse is one not to be missed!”

Course Options




Students who wish to study Environmental Sciences apply to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Stream (TR060) and may select Environmental Sciences as their specialist subject for the third and fourth years at the end of the second year.

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Students who wish to study Environmental Sciences apply to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Stream (TR060) and may select Environmental Sciences as their specialist subject for the third and fourth years at the end of the second year.