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Carbon Capture & Storage (MSc)

Course Description

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.

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 include*:
•Carbon Economics
•Carbon Capture and Transport
•Hydrocarbons (compulsory for students without a geoscience background)
•Carbon Storage and Monitoring
•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

*Please note that courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.

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.

Visit the Carbon Capture & Storage (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Carbon Capture and Storage Scholarship - study in Canada - 3 Awards

The University of Edinburgh and the University of Regina have established a C$10,000 scholarship with the support of SaskPower for up to 3 CCS MSc students per year to undertake their dissertation project in Regina. SaskPower are the operators of the world’s first full scale CCS plant, Boundary Dam.Successful students for this competitive award will be accepted as a Visiting Graduate student at the University of Regina after successfully completing two semesters of the CCS MSc in Edinburgh. An upper second class degree or better in an Engineering discipline will be required for consideration.Students will be expected to be enrolled full time for the University of Regina Spring/Summer semester with registration completed by May 2017.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Selection of students for the scholarships will be competitive, based on academic performance and previous experience. Selection will be by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Regina in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. Up to three (3) students per year will be selected. Successful applicants will receive the scholarship only on the condition that they successfully progress to the dissertation stage of the degree.

Application Procedure

For more information please contact the MSc Course Director: Dr Mark Wilkinson. [email protected]


Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The scholarships will cover the UK/EU tuition fee for eligible programmes.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The scholarships will cover the UK/EU tuition fee


Scholarships are available to UK nationals who are permanently domiciled in Scotland, as well as EU nationals (excluding UK nationals) domiciled in the EU or Scotland but not elsewhere in UK. Applicants must be accepted on an eligible full-time or part-time Master’s degree programme beginning in the 2017-2018 academic session. Scholarships cover the full UK/EU rate of fee for the duration of the programme.The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the benefits to the student. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain the international equivalent of a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level.

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants should complete an online application
This scholarship has two rounds of applications. The first round will close on 2 May 2017; the second on 30 June 2017.Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

Further Information



Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Green Challenge Scholarship is a competition for prospective and current students wishing to pursue a postgraduate degree with the view that it will help lead to the development of a ‘green themed’ business concept.The competition is a unique funding opportunity offering students the chance to win a scholarship that will help to develop knowledge related to their idea of up to £20,000 to cover their postgraduate degree tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £20,00 to cover postgraduate degree tuition fees


Please see website for full eligibility details.

Application Procedure

The competition is open now and the Deadline for submitting stage 1 is 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017. For further details, please visit the website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in an engineering or geoscience subject, for example geology, geochemistry, or geophysics.

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