Environment, Culture and Society MSc

University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

About the course

Programme description

The MSc Environment, Culture and Society provides you with up-to-date knowledge of the contemporary issues and debates on the relationships between the environment, nature, culture and society.

Welcoming students from a variety of backgrounds, this exciting MSc will explore the core interdisciplinary perspectives and concepts needed to imagine and enact sustainable environmental futures.

You will develop the skills and abilities to assess the importance and implications of geographical and other conceptual debates which shape environmental policy and practice.

Why Edinburgh

Taught by world-leading experts, the programme draws on expertise from across the University, especially from:

Read more about this course

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.


Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

 Course Content

Where is University of Edinburgh


Student Profile(s)

Sara Brouwer

I went almost straight from my Bachelors in Human geography with a minor in conflict studies, at Utrecht University, to this Masters at Edinburgh University. I am interested actually in a lot of different things. From environmental ethics to political ecology, moral economy, sociology and anthropology of everyday life, qualitative research methods and alternative food networks. Being a geographer has made me see the value of approaching different environmental topics from an interdisciplinary social sciences perspective. It comes therefore as no surprise that the MSc Programme in Environment, Culture and Society has been the right choice for me. I have been able to choose courses that cater to my own field of interest perfectly. In this way, my curiosity of different themes within the environmental social sciences has been answered partly. Why only partly? Because I think I will always find topics I want to know more about!

Apart from studying, I have been actively involved in the European Geography Association. I organised and participated in congresses, activities and exchanges, gave trainings and was in the board of the Utrecht entity. Here in Edinburgh, I am a class representative and I am organising an event for the Innovative Learning Week. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Clemens Küpper

About me:
I did my undergraduate degree in Geography (BSc) at the University of Bonn, Germany including an ERASMUS-term at University College London. During that time I have worked as a student assistant in Historical Geography and as an instructor for tutorials. After my graduation in 2013, I moved on to the MSc in Environment, Culture and Society where I am currently class representative.

About my programme:
I have chosen the MSc in Environment, Culture and Society because of its unique combination of philosophical backgrounds and their application to the nexus of environment and society. It has enabled me to think across the boundary between ‘Nature’ and ‘Culture’. The high number of optional courses from different Schools gives each student’s profile an individual and interdisciplinary character and makes it possible to go all the way from theory to practice and back. This is complemented by a very stimulating and motivating environment in terms of teaching as well as in terms of my fellow students who bring a high variety of disciplinary and professional backgrounds into the programme. At the same time, my fellow students and I share the same interests which creates a very fruitful studying experience.

Search Suggestions

Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters