Sustainable Timber Technology / Teicneolaíocht Adhmaid Inbhuanaithe

Programme Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Timber Technology


2021 CAO Points 307

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Students are required to have a personal laptop capable of running CAD software. Guidance will be provided as part of induction.


(23+) are welcome.  Further details at


Applications from QQI Level 5 and Level 6 welcome. Further details at

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.  Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Programme Chair Joseph Little gives a brief overview of TU838 BSc (Hons) Sustainable Timber Technology, including minimum entry requirements, content, employment opportunities, industry and sustainability context.


Timber technologists are highly skilled technical professionals occupying a range of positions in businesses in the large and growing Forest Product Sector. Enterprise Ireland predict the sector will grow from 12,000 to 20,000 people in the next ten years. The increased focus on sustainability and sustainable timber products, the large increase in the Irish forest harvest, and increased demand for high quality timber products in Ireland and the UK, are driving this growth. This immersive, full-time programme will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge preparing you for the challenges of this exciting, growing sector. 

Timber Technologists play central roles in the many stages of conversion of wooden logs, thinnings and woodfibre into high quality timber products that meet demanding technical and environmental standards. These products range from boards and planks (to be used in construction or furniture) to wood pellets and fencing, and from fitted kitchens and large volume furniture manufacture to beautifully crafted timber artefacts.

TU838 BSc (Honours) Sustainable Timber Technology has been developed from, and replaces, B.Tech in Timber Product Technology. It is a 4-year, full-time immersive programme featuring a mix of theoretical and skills-based modules (see module lists below). The programme is taught in the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a direct impact for many SDG Targets (e.g. Targets 9.4 and 12.2). Cross-sectoral skills (such as critical thinking, creativity, management, collaboration and professionalism) are an important part of the programme supporting the central focus on wood science, timber skills and production management. The programme has strong links with industry and work placement takes place in the sixth semester. Field trips and guest lectures supplement the academic content of the programme.

Through choice of elective modules, work placement and thesis the student will develop a unique mix of skills and knowledge to ensure employment in the part of the Forest Products Sector that interests them most.

Professional Accreditation

The Wood Technology Society (a division of the Institute of materials, Minerals and Mining) supports the formation of the BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Timber Technology. Student membership of the WTS (IOM3) will be the first step in gaining full member of this professional Institute. Those who are awarded membership use post-nominal letters that are recognised throughout the world.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Erasmus+ exchange with timber technology programmes in Europe are being explored. This is likely to take place in Year 3, Semester 2.

Work Placement

You’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience through an industry placement at the end of Year 3, lasting 9 weeks.

Find out more

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YouTube Videos:

TU838 – Virtual Open Day presentation (12.54 mins)

Programme Chair Joseph Little gives a brief overview of TU838 BSc (Hons) Sustainable Timber Technology, including minimum entry requirements, content, employment opportunities, industry and sustainability context.

TU838 – Interview with Programme Chair (12.53 mins) Programme Chair Joseph Little introduces TU838 BSc (Hons) Sustainable Timber Technology to TU Dublin School Liaison Officer, Lynda Young. He describes the Programme’s structure, its subjects, the kind of applicants the Programme suits, the skills they’ll develop, study abroad options, employment opportunities, the growth of Irish forests and the Timber Industry, and its role in supporting sustainability.
TU838 - IWFMN ‘Connecting Industry’ Webinar (21.10 mins)  

Programme Chair Joseph Little Introduces TU838 BSc (Hons) Sustainable Timber Technology at the Irish Wood and Furniture Manufacturers’ Network (IWFMN) ‘Connecting Industry’ webinar, 13/11/20. He describes TU Dublin’s creation and Strategic Intent, why the programme is focused on sustainability and how this is the right time for a new programme. He then goes on to list the Programme Learning Outcomes, our approach to teaching, the bridging programme and industry CPDs.

TU838 – Interview with Timber Technologist Damien Cross (6.48 mins)

Timber Technologist Damien Cross, the Group Technical and Projects Manager at Glennon Brothers, discusses his career and the innovations he has introduced in various plants of the largest firm in Ireland’s Timber Industry with Programme Chair Joseph Little.

TU838 - Interview with recent graduate Paddy O’Kearney (12.33 mins)

Timber Technologist Paddy O’Kearney, a recent graduate of DT169 B.Tech (Ord) Timber Product Technology, discusses his college education, digital technologies, modern methods of manufacture and sustainability with Programme Chair Joseph Little.

TU838 – Conversations with Timber Technologist Bob Davis, WTI

Timber Technologist Bob Davis presents Ireland’s broad Timber Industry, the diverse role of Timber Technologists, his long and varied career developing timber standards and quality control, the need for TU838 BSc (Hons) Sustainable Timber Technology, & the strong employability of graduates of the Programme.

TU838 - Bob Davis interview – What is the Timber Industry? (3.24 mins) 

TU838 - Bob Davis interview – What is a Timber Technologist? (1.15 mins)

TU838 - Bob Davis interview – Tell us about your career? (8.20 mins)

TU838 - Bob Davis interview – Innovation in Ireland’s Timber Industry (3.47 mins)

TU838 - Bob Davis interview – Opportunities for employment & placement for students of BSc (Hons) Sustainable Timber Technology (2.38 mins)

TU838 - Bob Davis interview – Is this a good time to apply to BSc (Hons) Sustainable Timber Technology? (1.04 mins)

There are a wide of technologist and managerial roles available in the broad Timber Industry. The potential for career progression is strong. These roles include: 

  • Production management and technical roles in sawmills and board mills, and in joinery, cabinetry and timber frame businesses
  • Technical and managerial roles in the drawing offices of joinery, cabinetry or timber frame businesses
  • Technical and managerial roles in timber product development and process improvement
  • Technical and managerial roles in quality assurance and compliance management 
  • Makers or restorers of beautiful timber artefacts in the tradition of cabinetmakers, furniture makers or joiners
  • Craftworker-owner in a small timber workshop
  • Specialist roles in timber drying and in wood preservation technology
  • Technologist and researcher roles in timber laboratories of a large timber business or in a research and teaching institute
  • Consultancy roles in inspection, specification and creation of technical reports
  • Technical sales and marketing roles

Visit the TU Dublin Architecture website for further information.

Semester 1:

  • Academic Communication
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Timber Skills I
  • Timber Toolbox I
  • Visual Comm. I

Semester 2:

  • Forest Product Sector Maths I
  • Timber Skills II
  • Timber Toolbox II
  • Visual Comm. II
  • Wood Science I (Solid Wood)

Semester 1:

  • Estimating & Tender
  • Forest Product Sector Maths II
  • Timber Skills III
  • Visual Comm. III
  • Wood Science II (Engineered Timber Products)

Semester 2:

  • Computer Aided Manufacture
  • Introduction to Product Design
  • Timber Skills IV
  • Timber Toolbox III
  • Wood Science III (Environmental Factors)

Semester 1:

  • Introduction to Saw & Board Mills (elective)
  • Learning from Timber Product Design
  • Multidisciplinary Activity (elective)
  • Quality & Reliability
  • Timber Production Management
  • Timber Skills V (elective)
  • Wood Science IV (Mechanical & Thermal)
  • Wood Science V (Alternative Materials)

Semester 2:

  • Forest Product Sector Work Placement
  • Introduction to Research
  • Quality & Reliability in Forest Product Sector
  • Timber Production Management (contd-)

Semester 1:

Business & Finance

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Professional development & wider engagement
  • Thesis
  • Thesis Preparation
  • Timber Product Design for Manufacture

Semester 2:

  • Enterprise Development / Business Process Management
  • Forest Product Sector Supply Chain Management
  • Manufacturing Operations Management
  • Thesis (contd-)
  • Timber Product Design for Manufacture (contd-)

On graduation you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere. Masters-level programmes are available to further develop the knowledge, skillsets and career progression of graduate Timber Technologists in subjects such as business and entrepreneurship, sustainable development, energy management and data analysis.

Visit the TU Dublin Architecture website for further information.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Timber Technology


4 years

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City Centre: Bolton Street


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Joseph Little - Assistant Head of School