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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

B.A. (Moderatorship) Environmental Sciences: Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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 approved 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 interests. 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

Mandatory modules:

  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Hydrology and Water Quality
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Plants and the Irish Environment    
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Soil Science
  • Environmental Governance

Optional modules:

  • Environmental Dynamics
  • Field Skills in Plant and Environmental Science
  • Entomology
  • Economic Botany
  • Diversity of Plant Morphology

Mandatory modules:

  • General Environmental Sciences
  • Capstone Research Project
  • Data Handling
  • Research Comprehension
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Global Environmental Change


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Year

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • General Entry Requirements
  • Class XII – ISC, CBSE
  • 80-90% in six subjects at XII depending on course (or 5 at Grade XII and 1 at Grade X) Mathematics up to Grade X

International Baccalaureate

  • 3 subjects at Grade 5 (Higher Level)
  • 3 subjects at Grade 4 (Standard Level),
  • including English & Maths
  • 32 to 40 points, depending on course


  • 4 A2 or best 3 A2 plus one AS
  • Pass in English & Maths
  • *75% or above / HL Mathematics required
  • at Class XII level for Computer Science,Engineering, Science and Mathematics courses

*Additional requirements may apply for some courses

  • English Language Proficienc Test
  • IELTS - 6.5 (No individual band below 6)
  • TOEFL - 90 (Written score 21)
  • PTE Score -63 (No section below 59)

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