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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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LC252
Civil Engineering Management

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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This degree programme is a four year sandwich: two years full-time study, one year of practical work experience (or equivalent) and a final year of full-time study. 

​The programme is suited to students from second level and mature students who wish to work in the construction and civil engineering industry in Ireland or abroad mainly in a management capacity.

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LC252 - Civil Engineering Management
Limerick IT

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LC252 - Civil Engineering Management
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
3 Distinctions

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Site Engineer
Civil Project Engineer
Civil Engineering Contractors
Graduates will be able to manage the construction and maintenance of infrastructural developments including bridges, marine works, tunnels, motorways, railways, airfields, etc and environmental projects including water and waste water systems, pipelines, waste management and residential, commercial and industrial buildings.



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