Are you interested in designing a better future for yourself and the planet?
The Design Thinking for Sustainability Graduate Diploma is an accredited Level 9 qualification with University College Dublin (UCD) at the Innovation Academy.
You will learn by doing! Hands-on, real world exploration of: Sustainability | Creativity | Entrepreneurship | Innovation | Design Thinking | Leadership
This is a full-time, in-person course, starting 13th September 2021. On campus, at the Innovation Academy, you will be the first to experiment with our Sustainable Living Lab and newly revamped Makerspace.
This course is offered free or 90% subsidised rate of €630 for eligible applicants through the Government of Ireland Human Capital Initiative. See below for further information.
This is a graduate conversion course and so is open to recent graduates who are seeking to augment their recently acquired undergraduate degree towards a career in sustainability and / or innovation. It is open and relevant to graduates of any academic discipline.
Sustainability and Innovation are growth areas across all sectors and industries. This course can enable early and mid-career professionals who are seeking to pivot towards a sustainability and or innovation focused role.
This course is also relevant for individuals who have aspirations to develop their own sustainability-focused business or not-for-profit or to augment their existing venture to offer a sustainability-focus service.
For anyone who has taken time out of their career to raise children or look after a loved one and are now ready to rejoin the work force, this course offers an opportunity to establish a platform to relaunch your career in a growth area.
Eileen started her career as a wilderness guide in the Alaskan wilderness, and became a conservation naturalist with the Missouri Department of Conservation before working as a field archaeologist. Eileen founded BiodiversityInOurLives.com, an initiative whose pilot project was a set of biodiversity beermats that featured in pubs across Dublin.
Colman Farrell co-founded the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and Suas, the educational charity. He was Vice Chair of Dóchas (the association of Irish NGOs).From 2004 to 2012 he was CEO of Suas. Previously he was Development Manager at Enterprise Ireland, before which he a software development manager leading a team at General Electric Global exchange Services.
UCD Academic Criteria
All applicants must hold a minimum of an honours degree (Level 8) in any discipline – OR – in the absence of a degree applicants who have 5 years or more of relevant employment history can apply under UCD’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.
Applicants who are applying under RPL must submit their CV and any transcripts, certificates. We also ask that RPL applicants provide two professional/employment references recently dated and on headed paper or from official email addresses which include name, role and email address along with referees contact details.If you are applying under RPL, please review your CV to ensure that it:-
Criteria to avail of a free or 90% subsidised place through the Human Capital Initiative
If you are applying for a fully or partially funded place on this course funded by the Government Human Capital Initiative you must satisfy the following criteria depending on your status. Please CLICK HERE for full eligibility criteria to apply for a place under the HEA Springboard+ / HCI Pillar 1 initiatives.
UCD English Language Criteria
If English is not you first language, you must meet the English Language Requirements for UCD. Click here for the list.
As part of your application to this course, you will be required to complete an online form and upload the following information.
The deadline for applications is the 13th of July 2021.
Places on UCD Innovation Academy courses are in high demand. If you like the sound of this course, we encourage you to register your interest now and begin your application.
If you don’t have all the required documentation to hand, we would encourage you to begin your application and upload these at a later point before the deadline.
We often run online information sessions for anyone who has registered their interest in a particular course with us.
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