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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Environmental Sciences

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please refer to the website for fees and funding website

  • Last Updated

    25 January 2018

Course content

This programme highlights the social, political and cultural implications of environmental science and technology. You will learn to assess scientific and technological innovations as potential solutions to environmental issues. It trains professionals, decision-makers and students in the social implications of environmental issues, particularly in relation to technologies as potential solutions. It focuses on responsible innovation.

Why this programme

  • This programme addresses the wider social and political dimensions behind our scientific and technological choices concerning the environment, using a global approach.
  • We provide interdisciplinary teaching, combining solutions from science and engineering with the sensitivities of sociology, history, ethics and politics.
  • This is the first UK degree addressing the wider social and political dimensions behind our scientific and technological choices for the environment. The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is one of the UK’s foremost centres of expertise in interdisciplinary environmental teaching and research.
  • The programme provides you with the tools to understand how the environment is appreciated by humanity. You will analyse how our technological choices can positively influence approaches to the problem of climate change. 
  • Our programme has an applied focus, and features a series of guest speakers from relevant fields.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses, and complete a dissertation. Teaching is through a combination of methods including lectures, seminars, case studies and a programme of guest speakers.

Core courses

  • Environment, technology and society
  • Environmental communication
  • Environmental ethics and behavioural change
  • Environmental politics and society.

Optional courses may include

  • Advanced research methods
  • Climate change: impacts on ecology
  • Critical perspectives on knowledge and power
  • Critical thinking and communication
  • Reading the environment: modern and contemporary nature writing
  • Tourism, sustainability and climate change
  • Writing the environment: old and new world romanticisms.

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be able to pursue careers in technology assessment, environmental management and policy making and analysis with government agencies, environmental consultancies, and private companies. The degree also aims to empower active citizens by providing the skills and understanding to underpin successful environmental campaigns. It is also an excellent first step toward a PhD in topics related to the wider implications of our environmental and societal choices.


Visit the Environmental Change and Society (Dumfries Campus) - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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