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Programme description. Conservation Medicine is an emerging discipline that studies the complex relationships and interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health. Read more

Programme description

Conservation Medicine is an emerging discipline that studies the complex relationships and interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health. This programme provides veterinarians with the skills and knowledge required to be effective practitioners of conservation medicine.

This programme is designed to address the demand for online training in conservation medicine and provides in-depth training in a modular flexible format, ideal for veterinarians who wish to achieve a world-class award while maintaining busy professional and personal commitments.

Participants will gain the capacity and necessary expertise to contribute effectively to this rapidly growing multidisciplinary field and to enhance career opportunities.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The programme is taught part time over three years, but its flexible nature will allow you a maximum of six years to complete it. Each year will consist of three, 11-week terms, structured into two blocks of five weeks of study, with a week in between for independent study and reflection.

It is also possible to complete the masters within two years by studying more than one course at a time so all taught courses are completed in year one, with the second year devoted to a dissertation project.

There are also options for studying for a certificate (one-two years) or a diploma (two-four years).

Expert tutors will support you through every stage of the programme and you can engage with fellow students in supportive and constructive online networks.

Your progress will be assessed through online presentations, essays, critical reviews of literature, student self- reflection activities, short answer questions, scientific posters, group wiki events, and peer review activities.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Conservation Medicine
  • Eco-System Health and Species Conservation
  • Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance for Conservation Medicine

Year 2

You will study two core courses - Veterinary Techniques and Interventions for Conservation Medicine, and Wildlife Disease Management - plus four optional modules from a choice of ten.

Year 3

During the written reflective element of the programme students will have the opportunity to further develop their scientific skills and utilise scientific theory. This written element allows a choice of either a written dissertation, a casebook relating to relevant professional experience, a personal portfolio of reflective and practical activity, or a short research project.

Postgraduate Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Career opportunities

Graduates can use their conservation medicine qualification to enhance their career prospects in academia, research, governmental and non-governmental organisations and consultancies.



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Programme description. The MSc in Carbon Management is a landmark collaboration between the world-renowned Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School at the University of Edinburgh. Read more

Programme description

The MSc in Carbon Management is a landmark collaboration between the world-renowned Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School at the University of Edinburgh. It provides students with expertise, knowledge and skills in the business, economics and science of carbon management.

MSc Carbon Management was recently ranked in the top 15 World’s Best Masters in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management (Eduniversal Masters Ranking 2013-14).

Carbon management is now at the heart of tackling climate change and has rapidly become a central part of the global business environment. Edinburgh in particular has emerged as one of the most important global centres in this new discipline.

This innovative programme, taught by world-leading experts in key fields of climate change and carbon management, is for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification to launch careers in carbon and climate change management in business or government.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Applicants who applied after 12 December 2016 receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.

Programme structure

This MSc programme consists of two semesters of taught courses. Each course consists of a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits. Students will then undertake individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Business and Climate Change
  • Carbon Economics
  • Climate Change Management
  • Applied Carbon Methods
  • Dissertation

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:

  • Economics for Postgraduates
  • Change Management
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Issues and Perspectives
  • Emission Reduction Project Development
  • Corporate Responsibility & Governance in a Global Context
  • Low Carbon Investment
  • Applications in Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forests and Environment
  • Water Resource Management
  • Integrated Resource Planning
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Energy & Society
  • Energy Policy and Politics
  • International Climate Change Law
  • Interrelationships in Food Systems
  • Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
  • Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions

Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.

If you are unable to commit to a full MSc at present, it is possible to study a Postgraduate Certificate by online distance learning:

Career opportunities

A key strength of our programme is the employability of our graduates.

The programme has won the PricewaterhouseCoopers award for ‘Teaching Employable Skills’ as well as providing the opportunity to conduct business carbon audits, work on placements with major industry groups such as the 2020 Climate Group, and conduct dissertation research as part of work-based projects with a wide range of external collaborators.

Our graduates are enjoying roles ranging from government advisers and NGO researchers to renewable energy project developers and commercial carbon management consultants.

See what some of our MSc Carbon Management alumni are doing now:

Student experience

Would you like to know what it’s really like to study at the School of GeoSciences?

Visit our student experience blog where you can find articles, advice, videos and ask current students your questions.



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Programme description. Based upon our highly successful on-campus MSc Carbon Management, this online programme utilises a blend of interactive content, videos, virtual case studies and discussions to explore the economics and policy of climate change management. Read more

Programme description

Based upon our highly successful on-campus MSc Carbon Management, this online programme utilises a blend of interactive content, videos, virtual case studies and discussions to explore the economics and policy of climate change management.

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme provides a detailed understanding of the economics of climate change and a broad and integrated understanding of carbon footprinting, ecosystem valuation, energy systems and energy policy.

This programme is designed for those with a passion for tackling climate change and who require the flexibility that online learning provides.

The programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Online learning

This programme is delivered as flexible part-time study using our online virtual learning environment. You will learn from academics working at the leading edge of carbon management and climate change.

The lectures are all delivered online through our virtual learning environment. The lectures are delivered as a series of short video segments, animated slides and accompanying reading resources and links.

Each week students and staff also meet online to discuss issues, questions and ideas with the group.

As a student of one of our online learning programmes, you will:

  • have the flexibility to study when most convenient for you
  • be able to study from anywhere with an internet connection
  • have access to all University services and relevant academics
  • become part of a rich and varied online community of people in your field
  • learn the latest developments from people working at the leading edge in your field
  • study for an internationally-recognised Postgraduate Certificate

Programme structure

This programme takes one year to complete (September to July), with one course per semester.

This programme comprises of three compulsory courses that move from the economics of climate change, to measurement of climate change impacts to the policy and science behind the energy sources we use to power our world.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Carbon Economics
  • Climate Change Measurement
  • Energy & Climate

With this Postgraduate Certificate you can choose to:

  • study it as a standalone qualification
  • combine it with our Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management to form a Postgraduate Diploma in Carbon Management
  • to study it as one third of our MSc Carbon Management

Read more about our related online qualifications:

Learning outcomes

On completion of this programme you will be able to:

  • Use economic models, tools and theories relevant to carbon management
  • Understand the costs and benefits of climate change mitigation
  • Understand the range of measurement, calculation, reporting and auditing requirements and challenges imposed by climate change
  • Understand the main drivers for carbon accounting, and have an appreciation for how they may change over time
  • Understand the role that ecosystems play in terms of underpinning critical services for human wellbeing
  • Understand, to a high level, the technical and economic benefits and challenges of the main energy sources
  • Understand social, political and security challenges of various energy sources
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of key international energy policies and a basic understanding of key regional energy policies.

Career opportunities

Our existing MSc Carbon Management boasts excellent relationships with relevant employers, as well as a great alumni network covering more than 25 nations and providing unrivalled opportunities to link up on research projects and find new positions in the field of carbon management.

The main employment sectors for our graduates are those of climate change consultancy, renewable energy and carbon management project development, as well as government and NGO climate change advisors. Several of our graduates are also now studying for climate change-focused PhDs.



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This one-year programme at the University of Edinburgh will immerse you in the most current developments in chemical engineering, through a combination of taught modules, workshops, a research dissertation, and a number of supporting activities delivered by the key experts in the field. Read more

This one-year programme at the University of Edinburgh will immerse you in the most current developments in chemical engineering, through a combination of taught modules, workshops, a research dissertation, and a number of supporting activities delivered by the key experts in the field.

The programme will develop from fundamental topics, including modern approaches to understanding properties of the systems on a molecular scale and advanced numerical methods, to the actual processes, with a particular emphasis on energy efficiency, to the summer dissertation projects where the acquired skills in various areas are put into practice, in application to actual chemical engineering problems.

Programme structure

The programme develops from compulsory courses, emphasizing modern computational techniques and research methods, to a range of options. It is complemented by a strong management and economics component.

Compulsory Courses

  • Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers
  • Molecular Thermodynamics
  • Introduction to Research Methods

In addition to the compulsory courses you will take a range of optional courses, please review the "Degree Structure" portion the MSc website listed below to find further information on available courses and course descriptions:

Learning outcomes

  • A working knowledge of modern modelling and simulation approaches to understanding properties of chemical systems at a molecular level.
  • A working knowledge of advanced experimental techniques, such as for example particle image velocimetry, spectroscopy and infra-red thermography, as applied in engineering research and development.
  • Ability to transform a chemical engineering problem into a mathematical representation; broad understanding of the available numerical tools and methods to solve the problem; appreciation of their scope and limitations.
  • An understanding of the basic design approaches to advanced energy efficient separation processes.
  • Ability to transfer and operate engineering principles in application to other fields, such as biology.
  • Proficiency in using modern chemical engineering software, from molecular visualisation to computational fluid dynamics to process engineering.

On completion of the research dissertation, the students will be able to:

  • Plan and execute a significant research project
  • Apply a range of standard and specialised research instruments and techniques of enquiry
  • Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues
  • Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues
  • Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills practices and thinking in chemical engineering
  • Communicate their research findings, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge and expertise
  • Place their research in the context of the current societal needs and industrial practice
  • Adhere to rigorous research ethics rules
  • Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in research activities
  • Take responsibility for independent work
  • Communicate with the public, peers, more senior colleagues and specialists
  • Use a wide range of software to support and present research plans and findings

Career opportunities

Our graduates enjoy diverse career opportunities in oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food and drink, consumer products, banking and consulting industries. Examples of the recent employers of our graduates include BP, P&G, Mondelēz International, Doosan Babcock, Atkins, Safetec, Xodus Group, Diageo, Wood Group, GSK, Gilead Sciences, ExxonMobil, Jacobs, Halliburton, Cavendish Nuclear to name a few. This wide range of potential employers means that our graduates are exceptionally well placed to find rewarding and lucrative careers. According to the Complete University Guide, the chemical engineering programme at the University of Edinburgh is ranked one of the top in the UK in terms of graduates prospects.

Find our more about career opportunities:

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering may also lead to further studies in a PhD programme. With the 94% of our research activity rated as world leading or internationally excellent (according to the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2014), Edinburgh is the UK powerhouse in Engineering. As an MSc student at Edinburgh you will be immersed in a research intensive, multidisciplinary environment and you will have plenty of opportunities to interact with PhD, MSc students and staff from other programmes, institutes and schools.

Find out more about our research:



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Programme description. This programme provides an excellent path to the advanced study of criminology. The MSc is suitable both for those who have studied criminology at undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject. Read more

Programme description

This programme provides an excellent path to the advanced study of criminology. The MSc is suitable both for those who have studied criminology at undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject.

All members of teaching staff are active researchers and on this programme you will learn about and engage with the latest criminological research.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of subjects across the fields of criminology, criminal justice, law and social sciences, allowing you to tailor a interdisciplinary programme to suit your interests.

For 2017/18 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The 120 credits of taught courses is made up of the following mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory Courses (60 credits)

  • Criminological Research Methods (40 credits, semesters 1 & 2)
  • Theoretical Criminology (20 credits, semester 1)

Core Courses (20 credits)

EITHER

  • Criminal Justice and Penal Process (20 credits, semester 1)

OR

  • Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 1)

Option Courses (40 credits)

  • Cybercrime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Media and Crime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Mental Health and Crime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Police and Policing (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Surveillance and Security (20 credits, semester 2)

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of demand for particular courses, we may not be able to run all courses as advertised come the start of the academic year.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete the MSc have the opportunity to acquire a more sophisticated understanding of major contemporary debates in criminology in both its theoretical and applied aspects, and to achieve enhanced understanding and skills in research practice and method.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this MSc have gone on to a wide range of careers, including working with offenders and victims, for various agencies including police, prisons/correctional services, and governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Many have gone on to careers as academics or criminology researchers.



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Programme description. This programme is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and understanding to operate successfully in today's international and commercial environment. Read more

Programme description

This programme is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and understanding to operate successfully in today's international and commercial environment.

Advanced knowledge of commercial law is a significant asset in an increasingly globalised world. Growth in international trade, international investment and new markets has led to greater regulation of commercial activity at a regional and international level, increasing the demand for suitably qualified business professionals and lawyers.

Supported by a respected academic team, you will have the opportunity to gain a highly valued qualification that could give you a real advantage in your professional life.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of subjects across the field of commercial, corporate and banking law from an international perspective, allowing you to tailor a programme to suit your interests.

For 2017/18 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The 120 credits of taught courses are made up of the following core and option courses.

Core Courses (80 - 120 credits)

Full year courses (40 credits, counting as 20 credits per semester)

  • Company Law
  • Contract Law in Europe

20 credit courses in semester 1

  • European Labour Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • The Law of International Trade - new for 2017!

20 credit courses in semester 2

  • Insolvency Law
  • Principles of Corporate Finance Law
  • Principles of Insurance Law

Please note, students may have the possibility to take the 20 credit course EUCOTAX Wintercourse (LAWS11349) on the LLM in Commercial Law, but entrance to this course is competitive as places are restricted to no more than 6. Students will be provided with more information on this course during Induction Week in September.

Option Courses in Commercial Law (0 - 40 credits)

  • EU Competition Law
  • Comparative and International Trust Law
  • Comparative Property Law
  • Delict and Tort
  • Fundamentals of Comparative Private Law – new for 2017!
  • International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments
  • Principles of European Tax Law
  • Principles of International Tax Law

The 40 credits of option courses can also be taken from any of the courses offered by the Law School, depending on availability and with the express permission of the Programme Director.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of demand for particular courses, we may not be able to run all courses as advertised come the start of the academic year.



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Programme description. This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID). Read more

Programme description

This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID).

Aimed at junior doctors currently undergoing, or about to undertake, specialty training in an infection discipline, this programme is open to trainees in the UK and worldwide.

This degree will also be attractive to those who have completed their training but wish to fulfill continuing medical education requirements or those who wish obtain a formal qualification in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

The programme is aligned with JRCPTB and RCPath training in infection disciplines: Combined Infection Training and Higher Specialty Training in Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology.

This programme is designed to support trainees/specialists in preparation for FRCPath Part 1/Diploma in Infection, Infection Specialty end of training assessments and hospital-based practice.

Programme participants will have access to key texts and research bases and will have direct contact with leading clinicians and clinical scientists, providing a repository of information on infection disciplines that can be accessed at any time.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

This programme is taught entirely online. The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of trainees and specialist practitioners from all over the world.

Courses are offered as five week courses, each worth 10 credits. Courses in Year 1 are compulsory. Year 2 is a mix of compulsory and optional modules.

Year 1:

  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Science and biology of bacteria
  • Science and biology of viruses
  • Science and biology fungi, parasites and prions
  • Laboratory practise in microbiology, virology and serology
  • Anti-infective therapy and resistance

Year 2:

  • Immunopathology
  • Molecular diagnostics of infection
  • Community acquired infections and public health
  • Infection prevention & control
  • HIV infection and other immune-compromised patients
  • Clinical syndromes and infection
  • The returning traveller: Diagnosis, investigation and management of imported infection
  • Bioinformatics and study design in infectious diseases
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases

Year 3:

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Please contact the programme team for more information about available courses and course start dates.

Flexible study

The programme also offers the opportunity to take a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), either part-time over 9 months or on an intermittent basis over 2 years; or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), either part-time over 21 months or on an intermittent basis over 4 years.

Please contact us before submitting an application if you are interested in applying to the Certificate or Diploma programme.

Career opportunities

This unique programme will offer the student the knowledge and skills required to enhance their career progression in clinical or academic medicine. The programme will offer an alternative to traditional classroom based research training for those candidates who do not wish to take time away from their professional commitments.



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Programme description. This postgraduate certificate and diploma is a unique opportunity for students who want to explore aspects of human anatomy through the flexibility of an online distance learning programme. Read more

Programme description

This postgraduate certificate and diploma is a unique opportunity for students who want to explore aspects of human anatomy through the flexibility of an online distance learning programme.

All courses making up the programme use innovative teaching methods to provide students with key transferable skills in addition to a solid foundation of anatomical knowledge.

Our programme in anatomical sciences is delivered entirely online and consequently relies on the use of IT, for example through the use of email, audio visual material, discussion forums and various other interactive resources.

This is a postgraduate qualification for medical, biomedical, allied health professionals and those in holistic practice with an interest in human anatomy. The programme draws upon the highly regarded teaching and research staff within the University.

Our aim is to provide quality course materials to be delivered from our virtual learning environment. Interactive software is being specifically developed for use in this programme alongside the licensed software currently in use for the on campus masters programme in Human Anatomy and our medical degree course.

The programme is designed to introduce and develop student knowledge in the anatomical sciences; in addition it is aimed at renewing and strengthening communication and IT knowledge and skills.

Our online learning system lets you work entirely from your own home location. This will enhance your learning experience and working knowledge while rewarding you with a highly regarded qualification.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from your own home or working environment.

Our online students not only have access to the University’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The programme normally takes two years.

Year 1: Certificate

Courses include:

  • Fundamental Human Anatomy 1 - including the upper and lower limbs, back and pelvis.
  • Fundamental Human Anatomy 2 - including thorax, abdomen, head and neck.
  • Embryology - human development.
  • Neuroanatomy - nervous system

Year 2: Diploma

You will extend your anatomical knowledge with courses in:

  • Advanced Human Anatomy 1 - more detailed study of anatomy previously examined incorporating anatomical principles.
  • Advanced Human Anatomy 2
  • Histology - microscopic anatomy.
  • Imaging - modalities that are relevant to anatomical sciences.

Each of the four taught courses has a set of modules that are released to students on a weekly basis from our virtual learning environment.

The modules consist of the following structure.

  • A recorded lecture to introduce the topic
  • Interactive content (video/animated/narrative)
  • A set of resource links to course reading – library and research.
  • A discussion board facilitated by a tutor.
  • A set of questions (MCQs) which students can take at the end of each section - these are formative and do not contribute to the final mark.

At the end of each module there is a further set of multiple choice questions which students take; this set of MCQs do contribute to the final mark.

More information on anatomy at the University can be found on our website:

Postgraduate Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Flexible study

The programme also offers the opportunity to take a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), either part-time over 9 months or on an intermittent basis over 2 years; or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), either part-time over 21 months or on an intermittent basis over 4 years.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed not only to help you gain a highly regarded qualification but also to provide you with a set of major transferable skills, which will be relevant to your current career, further study or simply increase your long-term career prospects.



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Programme description. The MSc in Computational Mathematical Finance (CMF) is a dynamic new programme with the aim to deliver high quality training in the theory of Mathematical Finance with strong emphasis on computational methods. Read more

Programme description

The MSc in Computational Mathematical Finance (CMF) is a dynamic new programme with the aim to deliver high quality training in the theory of Mathematical Finance with strong emphasis on computational methods.

Currently graduates in this field are expected to have a working knowledge of advanced computational finance (including construction of algorithms and programming skills) as well as a sound knowledge of the theory of Probability and Stochastic Analysis. These are the core theories needed in the modern valuation of complex financial instruments.

This MSc programme delivers:

  • a flexible programme of study relevant to the needs of employers such as: top investment banks, hedge funds and asset management firms
  • a solid knowledge in financial derivative pricing, risk management and portfolio management
  • the transferable computational skills required by the modern quantitative finance world

Programme structure

You must obtain a total of 180 credits to be awarded the MSc. Over semesters 1 and 2, you will take compulsory courses worth a total of 85 credits and optional courses worth a further 35 credits. Successful performance in these courses (assessed through coursework or examinations or both) allows you to start work on a three-month dissertation project, worth 60 credits, for the award of the MSc degree.

There are two streams: the Financial stream and the Computational stream.

Compulsory courses (both streams):

  • Stochastic Analysis in Finance (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Discrete-Time Finance (10 credits, semester 1)
  • Finance, Risk and Uncertainty (10 credits, semester 1)
  • Object-Oriented Programming with Applications (10 credits, semester 1)
  • Risk-Neutral Asset Pricing (10 credits, semester 2)
  • Stochastic Control and Dynamic Asset allocation (10 credits, semester 2)
  • Monte Carlo Methods (5 credits, semester 2)
  • Research-Linked Topics (10 credits, semesters 1 and 2)

Optional courses - Computational stream:

  • Numerical Methods for Stochastic Differential Equations [compulsory] (5 credits, semester 2)
  • Numerical Partial Differential Equations [compulsory] (10 credits, semester 2)
  • Programming Skills - HPC MSc (10 credits, semester 1)
  • Parallel Numerical Algorithms - HPC MSc (10 credits, semester 1)

Optional courses - Financial stream:

  • Financial Risk Theory [compulsory] (10 credits, semester 2)
  • Optimization Methods in Finance [compulsory] (10 credits, semester 2)
  • Advanced Time Series Econometrics (10 credits, semester 2)
  • Credit Scoring (10 credits, semester 2)
  • Computing for Operational Research and Finance (10 credits, semester 1)
  • Financial Risk Management (10 credits, semester 2)
  • Stochastic Optimization (5 credits, semester 2)

Learning outcomes

At the end of this programme you will have:

  • developed personal communications skills, initiative, and professionalism within a mathematical context
  • developed transferable skills that maximise your prospects for future employment, including writing, oral presentation, team-working, numerical and logical problem-solving, planning and time-management
  • improved your ability to convey ideas in an articulate fashion, to build upon previous mathematical training and further develop logic and deductive skills
  • mastered standard and advanced mathematical tools used to solve applied problems relevant to the mathematical finance industry
  • developed quantitative and computational skills for the proficient fulfilment of tasks in the financial sector

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to go on to work in major financial institutions or to continue their studies by joining PhD programmes.



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Programme description. This programme has popular international appeal and is endorsed by many international organisations for its up-to-date understanding and application of the latest animal welfare methods and practices. Read more

Programme description

This programme has popular international appeal and is endorsed by many international organisations for its up-to-date understanding and application of the latest animal welfare methods and practices.

We provide students with an understanding of animal welfare that can be applied in animal research, management, care, production, inspection, assessment and preparation of legislation.

In addition to the core teaching team, we have many guest lecturers travel to Edinburgh each year to teach on the programme, allowing you to benefit from the experience and knowledge of professionals working throughout the animal behaviour and welfare community.

Our students benefit from the expertise of organisations such as:

Programme structure

The programme involves taught courses and your own dissertation.

Throughout the taught courses you will take part in many visits to farms and animal facilities and will study the following courses:

  • Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
  • Biology of Suffering
  • Animal Cognition and Consciousness
  • Scientific Methodology
  • Animal Welfare Applications
  • Read more about the taught courses

You can complete the programme over one, two or three years.

Dissertation

From March until August, you will work on a research project.

Career opportunities

Graduates move on to a variety of jobs such as research technicians, scientific advisors and lecturers. Many will also continue their study and enrol in a PhD.



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Programme description. Our online Clinical Education programme takes advantage of our world-renowned expertise to enhance your abilities to teach and assess students in a clinical environment. Read more

Programme description

Our online Clinical Education programme takes advantage of our world-renowned expertise to enhance your abilities to teach and assess students in a clinical environment.

This is an ideal programme for those with an educational role in relation to healthcare professionals and veterinary practitioners, including doctors, nurses, dental practitioners, those involved with veterinary education or associated scientists (biomedical or social).

Our aim is to help you reflect upon, and share thoughts about, your practice, while increasing your understanding of how to apply educational theories and evidence from the literature. As a result you will learn the knowledge and skills you need to deliver, develop and research high-quality clinical education in your own discipline.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Online learning

Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

We host online open days where prospective students and applicants can meet some of the tutors and students, and experience the online tutorial rooms.

Please contact us for further information and dates of the next online open days.

Programme structure

There are three courses at the certificate stage and three at the diploma stage. This is followed by your thesis in the third year.

We deliver lectures and tutorials online and you will be expected to use self-directed learning, peer-discussion boards, tutorials, peer presentations and other similar e-learning activities to help engage with and get the most from the course materials.

Year 1: certificate

Courses include:

  • Principles of Teaching and Learning
  • Assessment, Examinations and Standard Setting
  • The Curriculum

Year 2: diploma

One core course:

  • Research in Clinical Education

Choose 2 from the following electives:

  • Appraising and Developing the Individual
  • Policy, Leadership, Management and Evaluation
  • Quantitative Research in Clinical Education
  • Current Issues in Clinical Education

Please note that elective courses will only run with a minimum of 10 students. You will be notified in advance if an alternative course choice is required.

Year 3: masters

A research report of approximately 15,000 words. You can choose to submit this as a paper for publication with a supporting commentary.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to enhance your prospects as a teacher and instructor in human or animal health.

It promotes high quality clinical education by helping participants reflect-upon and share insights about their practice, to understand and apply educational theories and evidence from the literature, and to help participants develop a good solid foundation in clinical education and educational research upon which they can continue to build their own academic career.



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Programme description. This MSc is aimed at students who wish to pursue a geosciences-related career in the future energy sector, as it transitions from fossil fuels to a low carbon economy. Read more

Programme description

This MSc is aimed at students who wish to pursue a geosciences-related career in the future energy sector, as it transitions from fossil fuels to a low carbon economy. The aim is to offer a programme that uses subsurface (geological) knowledge opening a diverse range of career pathways in lower carbon geoenergy technologies; the disposal of energy-related wastes and the hydrocarbon industry.

This MSc programme builds on the strength and reputation of the research groups operating in the School of GeoSciences on uses of the subsurface: carbon capture and storage (CCS); radioactive waste disposal; energy storage and extraction; unconventional and conventional hydrocarbons; wet and dry geothermal heat; and subsurface fluid tracing using noble gases and stable isotopes.

Programme structure

Compulsory courses (for students who have accredited prior learning, elective courses are taken in lieu) – 90 credits

  • Future Geoenergy Resources
  • Applied Hydrogeology and Near surface Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology 2
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Project Design and Literature Analysis
  • Carbon Storage and Monitoring

Compulsory Courses – for those with Geoscience background – 20 credits

  • Subsurface Reservoir Quality

Compulsory Courses – for those without Geoscience background – 20 credits

  • Geology for Earth Resources
  • Hydrocarbons

Optional courses: choice of 10 credits from following

  • Ore Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry
  • Seismic Reflection Interpretation
  • Carbon Capture and Transport
  • Helmsdale MSc Field Excursion
  • Environmental Problems and Issues
  • Nuclear Waste Management: Principles, Policies & Practice

Compulsory Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Applied Geoscience (Geoenergy)

Career opportunities

This programme will train students in the use of subsurface geological knowledge opening a diverse range of career pathways in lower carbon geoenergy technologies and the disposal of energy-related wastes. These include radioactive waste disposal; carbon capture and storage; geothermal energy and subsurface energy storage including compressed air energy storage.

Other pathways include working in environmental and regulatory aspects of energy storage involving potential pollution; tracking subsurface fluids in the event of leakage from subsurface facilities and ground water resources.



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Programme description. The full-time MBA is an intensive programme designed for students with a minimum of three years' managerial experience who wish to progress to more senior and leadership roles in business. Read more

Programme description

The full-time MBA is an intensive programme designed for students with a minimum of three years' managerial experience who wish to progress to more senior and leadership roles in business.

The programme immerses students in a world of academic thought, current business practice and applied projects.

Studied over 12 months, this is a taught programme delivered by world class faculty complemented by guest business practitioners.

Successful businesses in the future will be those that can confidently and capably steer a path through a world characterised by intense competition, rapid technological development, economic turbulence and increasing resource insecurity.

Businesses need leaders who can think and act strategically in this volatile environment, managing the risk and challenges involved, but also spotting and seizing opportunities for efficiency, innovation and new business models. Businesses also need leaders who will act responsibly in delivering value to all stakeholders.

The Edinburgh MBA will prepare participants to progress with confidence into leadership roles in this new world. We will:

  • deepen participants’ understanding of how businesses and markets work, how value is created through innovation and marketing, how strategies are crafted, how businesses are financed, how performance is measured, how value is delivered efficiently and effectively, and how organisations should be governed, managed and led through change
  • instil a passion for business improvement, innovation and entrepreneurial action to help participants lead in the growth or creation of new business opportunities
  • develop participants’ ability to think strategically and beyond disciplinary silos

Successful leadership also requires accomplished interpersonal skills to bring about change in organisations. Through skills training and professional development, we will work with participants to understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses and provide support for improvement.

Programme structure

The MBA is delivered full-time starting in September each year. The programme combines intensive academic study with practical application. This is achieved both in the classroom through case studies, but also via consultancy-style projects with external organisations to broaden participants’ insights into alternative business models and approaches.

Compulsory courses include:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Organising for Effectiveness
  • Operations Improvement
  • Understanding Economies
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Qualitative Methods and Tools
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Creative Strategy
  • Critical Eye for Business
  • Professional Development Programme

A range of specialist options are also available. In parallel with academic study, we deliver a Professional Development programme to help enhance interpersonal and leadership skills. Your studies will culminate in a major Capstone Project.

On our core 12-month MBA, there is an opportunity to study International Business in Context (a one-week intensive module located in an emerging market) and to undertake your Capstone Project focused on a country outside of the UK. For those who want further international experience, there is an opportunity to study on our MBA (within international exchange) which will give you the chance to spend 2-3 months on an exchange at one of our international partner Universities (Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Mexico, Spain and USA).

12-month MBA

The programme is delivered in four parts:

  • September–December: students focus on core business disciplines
  • January–March: students develop integrative and strategic thinking, and choose a number of specialist elective subjects
  • April–June: students' specialisation continues
  • June–August: students undertake a Capstone Project as the final part of the 12-month MBA

12-month MBA (International Business)

The MBA (with International Exchange) programme is delivered in four parts:

  • September–March: students study the same core disciplines, integrating courses and a number of specialisations as the main MBA programme
  • April–June: students study abroad at one of 12 partner institutions worldwide, experiencing new cultures and new ways of business
  • June–August: students undertake a Capstone Project as the final part of the 12-month MBA.

Learning outcomes

Students will develop an integrated understanding of the essential aspects of business and leadership skills as well as the development of specialist knowledge through the choice of option courses and MBA Capstone project research.

Recently introduced is the option of a specialisation route consisting of taking two options and the MBA Capstone Project in a specific area of focus. Students will have their specialisations recognised with a Business School Certificate in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Strategy or Sustainability. Specialisations must be agreed in advance with the programme team.

The personal development programme ensures that, alongside the in-depth business learning, students will also develop the personal skills and characteristics required by senior managers in the modern business setting.

For those following the MBA (with international exchange), the study abroad period will add an international dimension to their studies, valuable to all who work internationally.

Career opportunities

The employment market is highly competitive, but the Edinburgh MBA is distinctive and will provide participants with a competitive edge. MBA participants will engage in a leadership and professional development programme that includes personal diagnostics, career planning and skills enhancement designed explicitly to support participants in their pursuit of promotion or new careers.



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Programme description. The field of nursing is ever changing and increasingly challenging. Read more

Programme description

The field of nursing is ever changing and increasingly challenging. This programme will equip you with the skills for self-development to become leaders and competent decision-makers, professional nurses who understand the primacy of care, the promotion of health and the imperative of evidence to underpin best practice and how this is acquired.

The programme offers a variety of courses which reflect the key concerns in developing an effective and flexible workforce, with the ability to embrace and generate new approaches to care.

It aims, through a process of flexible and open learning, to develop self-directed and reflective nurses who have the potential to be future leaders in advancing nursing.

Programme structure

Whilst there are some core subjects, the programme is extremely flexible and is tailored to students' requirements.

This programme allows:

  • development of a portfolio for professional and personal development;
  • opportunities for the synthesis of theory, evidence and practice;
  • accessibility for all nursing disciplines, including managers, educators and clinicians;
  • enhanced international collaborations, developing a global network of leading nurses as part of our alumni.

The programme consists of two compulsory courses and your choice of option courses.

Compulsory courses

  • Research Methods in Nursing and Healthcare A
  • Professional and Personal Development

Option courses may include:

  • Clinical Decision Making and Professional Judgement
  • Leadership: Exploring Your Potential
  • Global Public Health.

It is also possible in some instances to take option courses from other subject areas outside of nursing studies.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice enables students to:

  • develop their practice through engagement with research and scholarship in nursing studies
  • develop a focus on research and application of the evidence base through five themes: Research, Professional Development, Leadership, Clinical Decision Making and Health
  • develop the analytical skills required for professional development and reflective practice
  • develop the skills for the critical appraisal of the practice of nursing
  • develop a critical appraisal of promoting health

Career opportunities

Our programme meets with the needs outlined in the recent Postregistration Career Development Framework (2012). This Framework provides an interactive professional development tool which maps the key knowledge, skills and behaviours which practitioners need to progress through or up a level.

This programme is suitable for nurses looking to advance into senior clinical, educational, teaching and policy roles within the healthcare service, the independent sector, academia, a professional organisation or the voluntary sector.



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Programme description. This is the only programme of its kind in the UK, giving you high-level skills and training across the rapidly developing area of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Read more

Programme description

This is the only programme of its kind in the UK, giving you high-level skills and training across the rapidly developing area of carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Global energy demands are still rising, and fossil fuels remain central to meeting those demands in the medium term. CCS is a recognised solution to reducing CO2 emissions until fossil fuels are entirely replaced by renewable energy technologies.

With commercial trials under way, countries and industries are investing in this new technology. In the UK, all existing power stations must have a full-scale retrofit of CCS within five years of the technology being independently judged as technically and commercially proven.

This MSc draws on our world-class interdisciplinary academic research and the insights we have gained from projects involving our industrial stakeholders.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Applicants who applied after 12 December 2016 receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.

Programme structure

The MSc has two semesters of lectures and practical classes, followed by a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words. The programme includes industry guest lectures as well as opportunities for fieldwork and industry site visits to a range of locations.

Designed for graduates of engineering or geoscience-related subjects, the programme provides high-level skills and training in the entire value chain of CCS, including combustion, transport, geoscience and legal aspects.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Carbon Economics
  • Carbon Capture and Transport
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Carbon Storage and Monitoring
  • Dissertation
  • Geology for Earth Resources (compulsory for students without a geoscience background)

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:

  • Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
  • Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
  • SeismicReflection Interpretation
  • Energy & Society
  • Geology for Earth Resources
  • Principles of Geographical Information Science
  • Spatial Modelling
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
  • Energy Policy and Politics
  • Hydrocarbon Reservoir Quality
  • Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing
  • Political Ecology
  • Separation Processes For Carbon Capture
  • Technology and Innovation Management

All courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.

Career opportunities

Graduates can enter into all manner of jobs due to the transferable and highly desirable nature of the skills gained. However, typically our graduates pursue careers in business, industry, government and non-governmental organisations in the field of low-carbon energy production.

Student experience

Would you like to know what it’s really like to study at the School of GeoSciences?

Visit our student experience blog where you can find articles, advice, videos and ask current students your questions.



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