BSc (with Honors) in Ecology and Environmental Biology

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September – October

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Tuition Fee: From 22,130 € / year

Write to us for more information

The BA in Ecology and Environmental Biology is the only one of its kind in Ireland. The course was established in response to growing awareness of environmental and wildlife issues. It is the study of the interactions between animals, plants and microbes and their environment. It includes the study of how individual organisms interact in communities and how communities interact with the surrounding ecosystem.

Program description

The Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology equips students with skills that enables you to work in many different fields in Ireland and abroad, such as:

  • research in universities or industry
  • research in government agencies such as OPW, EPA, ERU, Forestry, Fisheries
  • consulting
  • journalism
  • second and third level teaching
  • administration in the civil service, county councils or industry
  • environmental scientists in industry, agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries and government
  • conservation management working in habitat management, nature reserves, landscape planning and fishing

Program structure

  • C elules, biomolecules, genetics and evolution
  • Physiology and structure of plants and animals
  • Habitats and Ecosystems
  • Introduction to Chemistry for Environmental Scientists
  • Applied Earth Systems
  • Environment
  • Introduction to physical geography
  • Introduction to geology
  • Geological evolution of Ireland
  • Calculus for Science I
  • Physics for Environmental Sciences I
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Practical ecological skills
  • Plant and animal genetics
  • Practical environmental sciences
  • Fossils as living organisms
  • Ecological plant physiology
  • Plant identification
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Diversity of vertebrates
  • Invertebrate diversity
  • Practical invertebrate skills
  • Introduction to Ecotoxicology
  • Practical field ecology (residential field course)
  • Literature review
  • Evolution and Diversity
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology and hydrology of wetland systems
  • Biostatistics


  • Micropaleontology and Palynology
  • Value the Environment
  • Hostile plants and environments
  • Animal behavior
  • Sustainable use of fresh water
  • Advanced vertebrate biology
  • Adaptation to extreme environments
  • Advanced ecotoxicology
  • Biology and Management of Exotic Species
  • Research project
  • Frontiers in biology
  • Biology research skills
  • Biostatistics
  • Landscape conservation and management or temperate marine biology (residential field course)


  • Biological work placement
  • Market forces and environment
  • Food production
  • Environmentally protective management of pests and plant pathogens
  • Crop physiology and climate change
  • Marine mammal biology

* The availability of the module may change from year to year

Admission requirements

  • As a general requirement, a Bachelor’s Degree / High School Diploma / General Baccalaureate / Professional Degree in a university is required recognized, with subjects in mathematics and laboratory science.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent)

Learn more about our educational offer

Request your quote

An advisor will contact you by phone and email within the following hours