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Postgraduate Courses on Offer

PhD by Research

The School of Chemistry has a vibrant postgraduate research community with approximately 100 students undertaking an M.Sc. or Ph.D. by research. For details on how to apply, funding opportunities etc., visit our Information Page for Prospective Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate Taught Courses

Interdisciplinary taught M.Sc. in Energy Science

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Circular Economy and Recycling Technologies

1 Year, On-line, 20 Places 

Waste management, scarcity of resources, minimizing emissions and energy use while maximizing selective reuse and recycling processes are some of the issues that need to be considered to allow for future economic growth, reduction of negative environmental impacts and to tackle climate disruption. 
The Circular Economy concept offers strong alternative solutions to these problems. The main goal of this approach is to keep products, components, and materials at their highest levels of use and value by closing the loop of product life cycles. This approach requires allowing economic activity to grow while minimizing the use of finite resources and waste generation. 
The circular model is based on three principles: 
•    Designing out waste and pollution 
•    Keeping products and materials in use 
•    Regenerating natural systems 

This course will provide students with core knowledge of the Circular Economy concept as well as the relevant technologies used in the recycling area. Through a blended delivery of modules, this programme will explore topics such as life cycle assessment (LCA), waste management, waste rock reclamation, waters, and sludge treatment as well as recycling, reprocessing, and remanufacturing. It will allow students to develop a unique perspective of the design process to enable the recovery and reuse of materials. 

Course Modules 

  1. Introduction to Circular Economy and Materials Science  
  2. Introduction to Energy Economics  
  3. Plastics, Composites and Plastics Recycling
  4. Waste Management and Energy Recovery  
  5. Sustainable Materials and Environmental Management  
  6. Raw Materials Management and Recycling 
  7. Engineering for the Environment 
  8. Life cycle assessment (LCA)  
  9. Supervised Research Project  

Teaching will be provided by a multidisciplinary team of experts across the Schools of Chemistry, Engineering and Natural Sciences, all of whom are active researchers in this cutting-edge area.  This course also includes a research project that will be supervised by one of our academic experts across the Schools of Chemistry, Engineering and Natural Sciences. 

This is one of the first programmes of its kind internationally and is distinctive in its structure, offering students a unique opportunity to combine knowledge and research expertise in the area. 
Programme Details 
The next intake for this course is in September 2024 and will finish in August 2025.  Apply here.

The taught modules on this course are examined through a combination of continuous assessment and final examinations.  

Career Opportunities 
Graduates of this programme will be uniquely placed to work in a wide range of sectors such as manufacturing, environmental and recycling industries. Graduates will provide significant expertise and added value to companies, and support growth and competitiveness across relevant Irish and European industries. 
Trinity provides a distinctive education based on academic excellence and a transformative student experience that encourages students to be active participants in their learning. Through this programme, students will develop a unique range of knowledge, skills and attributes that will enhance their employability and prepare them for their future career journey.