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Studying how ecosystems benefit humanity and how we use and manage them, this programme assesses the trade-offs involved in our use of the environment. Read more

Programme description

Studying how ecosystems benefit humanity and how we use and manage them, this programme assesses the trade-offs involved in our use of the environment.

This is a rapidly developing area, involving both natural and social sciences, and an increasingly common approach to environmental policy-making and management in government agencies and businesses.

On this programme you will study the complex relationships between ecosystem functions and how humanity uses and values ecosystems.

This programme has typically included a field trip which takes place in the spring, giving you insights into methods and approaches that will be useful for your dissertation work. The field trip has historically taken place in the Cairngorms in the Scottish highlands.

Programme structure

The programme has been designed with a focus on building up skills that are in particularly short supply in the environmental sector. The full-time programme is divided into two semesters of taught courses, followed by a field trip at Easter before the dissertation period over the summer. We are happy to accommodate different working patterns for part-time students, including a half day a week schedule for three-year part time study.

Compulsory courses typically include*:
•Ecosystem Services 1: Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
•Analysing the Environment
•Ecosystem Services 2: Ecosystem Values and Management
•Analysing the Environment Study Tour
•Research Project in Ecosystem Services
•Dissertation

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:
•Culture, Ethics & Environment
•Environmental Geochemistry
•Foundations in Ecological Economics
•Frameworks to Assess Food Security
•Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
•Integrated Resource Management
•Principles of Environmental Sustainability
•Principles of Geographical Information Science
•Encountering Cities
•Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
•Soil Protection and Management
•Values and the Environment
•Marine Systems and Policies
•Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection
•Understanding Environment and Development
•Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
•Environmental Impact Assessment
•Forests and Environment
•Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
•Integrated Resource Planning
•Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing
•Land Use/Environmental Interactions
•Participation in Policy and Planning
•Political Ecology
•Soil Science Concepts and Application
•Sustainability of Food Production
•Water Resource Management
•Waste Reduction and Recycling
•Energy & Society
•Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
•Applications in Ecological Economics
•Research Design

Field trip

A spring field trip will develop students’ practical experience and skills. Historically this field trip has taken place in the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands.

Career opportunities

UK research councils cite the skills gained on this MSc as those ‘most wanted’ in the environmental sector. As demand for sound evidence of ecosystem services increases, so does demand for graduates who can translate complex science into policy and business opportunities.

We have strong links with businesses and key industry players who want to make use of these skills. Committed to helping you meet prospective employers and network with those active in the field, we organise careers events, and encourage dissertations conducted in partnership with external organisations.

Student experience

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This interdisciplinary programme will equip you with the analytical and communication skills to work in this important and growing field. Read more

Programme description

This interdisciplinary programme will equip you with the analytical and communication skills to work in this important and growing field.

This programme suit students with a background in environmental or geographical sciences who have already come across remote sensing, or those with a background in physics, computer science or engineering looking for a career in an applied area.

Graduates from the programme will be well prepared to pursue a research degree or find relevant employment. This programme builds on the successful Edinburgh Geographical Information Science (GIS) degree, which was the first of its type in the world, with a heritage of almost 30 years.

Programme structure

This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses typically include*:
•Principles of Geographical Information Science
•Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
•Spatial Modelling
•Research Practice and Project Planning
•Introduction to Spatial Analysis
•Dissertation

Option courses may include*:
•Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
•Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
•Object Oriented Software Engineering Principles
•Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms
•Principles of GIS
•Principles of GIS for Archaeologists
•Principles of Environmental Sustainability
•Sustainable Energy Technologies
•Marine Systems and Policies
•Technologies for Sustainable Energy
•Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling
•Geology for Earth Resources
•Encountering Cities
•Soil Protection and Management
•Understanding Environment and Development
•Advanced Spatial Database Methods
•Data Integration and Exchange
•Data Mining and Exploration
•Environmental Impact Assessment
•Forests and Environment
•Further Spatial Analysis
•Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
•ICT for Development
•Integrated Resource Planning
•Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing
•Land Use/Environmental Interactions
•Querying and Storing XML
•Water Resource Management
•Participation in Policy and Planning
•Introduction to Environmental Modelling
•Management of Sustainable Development
•GIS and Society
•Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health
•Political Ecology
•Epidemiology for Public Health.

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

Field trip

This programme historically has included a residential field-skills weekend in Scotland.

Career opportunities

Graduates have entered employment with well-known organisations such as Amey Infrastructure Services, British Airways, ESRI, General Electric, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intergraph, Microsoft, Oracle, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Water, Sopra Group, SLR Consulting, Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as continuing in academia. Graduates will benefit from our proven track record in placing students with such a diverse range of employers.

Student experience

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This programme is unique in Europe and beyond. It embraces a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the roles of humans and their connection to marine ecosystems for survival and prosperity. Read more

Programme description

This programme is unique in Europe and beyond. It embraces a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the roles of humans and their connection to marine ecosystems for survival and prosperity.

This MSc approaches marine systems as an integrated socio-ecological system through focusing on three spheres of marine systems:

•Marine natural systems – exploring diverse scales and functions of key marine biomes, habitats and species, spanning islands, coasts, estuaries, continental shelves, polar seas and global oceans.


•Marine policy systems – examining different approaches to marine spatial planning and governance of marine ecosystems and services, through formal policies, laws and informal customs and practices.


•Marine built systems – exploring ‘blue growth’ opportunities e.g. the ingenuity and impact of human built environments in marine settings, from reshaping coastlines for cities, travel and trade, to the urbanisation of ocean environments through innovations in energy infrastructure.

Programme structure

This programme involves two semesters of classes followed by an individual research project. The curriculum consists of compulsory and optional taught courses followed by a period of individual dissertation project work. There will also be local and international fieldtrips.

Compulsory courses typically include*:
•Marine Systems and Policies
•Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change
•Marine Field Methods in Research and Practice
•Research Project in Marine Systems and Policies
•Dissertation

Option courses:

Through consultation with your Programme Director you will choose three option courses* from areas such as:

Policy/society:
•International Law of the Sea
•International Law of the Marine Environment
•Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
•Foundations in Ecological Economics
•Applications in Ecological Economics
•Global Environmental Politics
•Energy Policy and Politics
•Energy and Society

Environment:
•Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
•Ecosystem Values and Management
•Water Resource Management
•Values and the Environment

Analytical:
•Environmental Impact Assessment
•Principles of GIS
•Fundamentals for Remote Sensing

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

Field trips

Historically, our field trips have provided site-based learning of both natural and social science practices, a key dynamic of this MSc. The core field trip is provisionally during April and has historically taken place in locations such as Jamaica and the Maldives

Career opportunities

This MSc provides a foundation for work up to international level, for government bodies, think-tanks, consulting firms and NGOs where an integrated understanding of marine ecosystems, policies and practice is required.

Student experience

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This masters by research programme is an opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of research in any of the following major branches of geosciences. Read more

Research profile

This masters by research programme is an opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of research in any of the following major branches of geosciences:

Atmospheric Science
Climate Change
Ecological Sciences
Environmental Geochemistry
Environmental Geoscience
Environmental Sustainability
Exploration Geophysics
Geoinformatics
Geology
Geophysics
Glaciology
Human Geography
Meteorology
Oceanography
Palaeoclimatology
Petroleum Geology
Physical Geography
Remote Sensing

The programme allows you to work on research throughout the year, and your work will be judged solely on your final dissertation. You can follow taught courses by arrangement with your supervisor, but none are required.

The programme aims to provide a structured approach to basic research training, allowing you to explore an area of research that may be subsequently developed into a PhD. You may also have the opportunity to develop links with research projects at national and international levels.

The School has the largest geoscience research group in the UK, with about 370 academics and researchers. The ambition and quality of our research was reflected in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, where 66% of our research was rated within the top two categories: world-leading and internationally excellent.

All research students are affiliated to one a research institute, which provides a forum for the development of ideas, collaboration, and dissemination of results, and an environment for training, development and mentoring of research students and early-career researchers. Our research institutes each have a very active seminar series drawing distinguished external guests as well as internal speakers, and you will be encouraged to attend and participate.

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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.

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:

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
Management of R&D and Product Innovation
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

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.

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This fresh new programme for 2017 is a collaboration between the School of GeoSciences and the School of Social and Political Sciences. Read more
This fresh new programme for 2017 is a collaboration between the School of GeoSciences and the School of Social and Political Sciences.

The world is facing an ‘energy trilemma’; how to achieve energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability. Whilst equipping students with an active understanding of low carbon technologies, policies and markets, this new MSc programme is focused squarely on analysing the social, societal and environmental dimensions of energy transitions. You will examine how citizens are involved in and are affected by changes in energy systems.

On a more theoretical level, the programme will enable you to relate supply-side issues to geo-politics and political economy, whilst energy demand will be studied in relation to broader challenges of sustainable consumption.

On a more practical level you will explore the potential of ‘smart’ ICT to affect consumption and inform strategic choices in sustainable living at household and community level. With Scotland being a world leader in renewable electricity generation (especially wind and marine), but also being economically dependent on declining North Sea oil and gas and suffering from high levels of energy poverty, this interdisciplinary MSc. benefits from close access to a high number of insightful case studies, which will serve to examine links between global and local issues, explore international best practices and identify locally suited pathways to more sustainable energy management.

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The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment is among the leading centres of civil and environmental engineering research in the UK. Read more

Research profile

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment is among the leading centres of civil and environmental engineering research in the UK. The Institute seeks new technologies to solve real-world problems in order to promote sustainability.

Key research areas include:

behaviour and design of structures in fire and other extreme events
fire science and fire safety engineering
shells and containment structures
nonlinear finite element modelling of complex structures and structural collapses
mechanics and transport of granular materials and multiphase media
computational mechanics and bio-mechanics
fibre-reinforced polymer composites in structural strengthening and repair
high-speed rail
intelligent infrastructure and non-destructive evaluation
sustainable water and wastewater treatment technologies
water supply
waste management and resource recovery

Training and support

Students are strongly encouraged and trained to present their research at conferences and in journal papers during the course of their PhD.

Students are also encouraged to attend transferable skills courses provided by the University and to participate in external courses provided by organisations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

PhD candidates pursue their research projects under continuous guidance, resulting in a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. You will be linked to two academic supervisors, and one industrial supervisor if the project is industrially sponsored.

Facilities

The Institute has excellent laboratory and computing facilities, including the latest instruments for experimental and computational research in structures, granular solids, fire safety engineering, non-destructive testing and environmental engineering.

Research opportunities

We offer a comprehensive range of exciting research opportunities through a choice of postgraduate research degrees: MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD.

Masters by Research

An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to a candidate’s interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either – including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves. It can also be a mechanism for industry to collaborate with the School.

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This programme is designed to equip students with an advanced, interdisciplinary knowledge of the legal issues and techniques related to environmental protection and the management of natural resources, with special emphasis on climate change. Read more

Programme description

This programme is designed to equip students with an advanced, interdisciplinary knowledge of the legal issues and techniques related to environmental protection and the management of natural resources, with special emphasis on climate change.

The programme enables students to analyse and evaluate the historic and ongoing development of international, European and national law for environmental protection, the interrelations between these different levels of law-making, as well as the interactions between environmental law and other areas of law.

It will also allow students to choose option courses complementing their legal studies with an analysis of the scientific and socioeconomic aspects of environmental protection.

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

Programme structure

The programme offers a wide range of subjects across environmental and climate change law from an international perspective, as well as options from other disciplines. This enables you to tailor the programme to meet your specific interests.

The programme structure for 2017/18 is currently being finalised. You will take a total of 120 credits in taught courses, 60 in each semester, which may include the following:

International Environmental Law
European Environmental Law
International Climate Change Law
International Law of the Sea
Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment
EU Climate and Energy Law

You will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired an in-depth understanding of concepts, innovations and challenges characterising the law on environmental protection, natural resource management and responses to climate change, at the international, European and national level.

Students will also develop the critical skills necessary to carry out independent analysis of the activity of international and supranational legal and political institutions, national governments and domestic courts, NGOs and the private sector in this field.

Openness to different scholarly approaches within law will be encouraged, by offering the opportunity to complement specialised law courses with courses offered by the School of Social and Political Science, the Business School and the School of Geosciences addressing questions related to the scientific and socio-economic aspects of environmental protection.

The programme is suitable to prepare students for the increasingly broad range of specialised job opportunities offered at the national and international level by the public and private sector, as well as for advanced research.

Career opportunities

The Global Environment & Climate Change Law programme has been designed as a gateway to a range of employment opportunities and specialised academic work, such as specialised legal drafters, government advisers, international negotiators, legal advisers to private companies and NGOs, international civil servants, specialised researchers in academic and think-tank institutions and independent consultants.

Teaching staff will be available to support students in identifying internship opportunities in international and non-governmental organisations, academia and think tanks.

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In this programme, leading academics encourage students to think across different disciplines to blend scientific, socioeconomic and policy perspectives for a stronger understanding of sustainability and how it can be achieved. Read more

Programme description

In this programme, leading academics encourage students to think across different disciplines to blend scientific, socioeconomic and policy perspectives for a stronger understanding of sustainability and how it can be achieved. This wider perspective is attractive to organisations which promote sustainable development or seek to reduce humanity’s effect on the environment.

Ensuring the environmental sustainability of society is one of the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. How can the needs of the world’s growing population be met without threatening the ecological processes that support human wellbeing?

How can the economy and energy systems be restructured to combat climate change? What policies foster sustainability? How can the necessary changes in the behaviour of organisations and individuals be promoted? This MSc programme explores these and related, topical questions.

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

Programme structure

This programme consists of six taught courses, studied over two semesters. Students will also undertake a research project leading to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words.

Compulsory courses typically include:

Principles of Environmental Sustainability
Case Studies in Sustainable Development
Dissertation

Option courses:

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

Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
Ecosystem Services 1: Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
Foundations in Ecological Economics
Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
Integrated Resource Management
Project Appraisal
Marine Systems and Policies
Development: Principles and Practices
Understanding Environment and Development
Energy Policy and Politics
Environmental Impact Assessment
Forests and Environment
Global Environmental Politics
Participation in Policy and Planning
Political Ecology
Sustainability of Food Production
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Water Resource Management
Climate Change and Corporate Strategy

*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availablity and are subject to change each year.

Learning outcomes

Students will be equipped to:

assess the sustainability of policies, programmes and projects at scales ranging from the local to the global
analyse environmental problems using knowledge from different disciplines, leading to well-founded and effective solutions
advocate sustainable development and engage in informed debate on current environmental controversies

Career opportunities

This programme prepares students for a wide range of roles within environmental consultancy, national and local government, non-profit organisations, education or research. The choice of option courses and dissertation projects can be tailored towards your chosen career path.
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The MSc in Environment and Development (E&D) is an interdisciplinary programme exploring the inter-dependencies between pressing environmental concerns and development pressures. Read more

Programme description

The MSc in Environment and Development (E&D) is an interdisciplinary programme exploring the inter-dependencies between pressing environmental concerns and development pressures. It explores these themes, the disputes around it and practical issues from an informed theoretical perspective, with an abiding concern for social justice claims. Conventional academic approaches focus on development or the environment as separate categories, while this programme looks at socioeconomic development as a socio-ecological and politicoecological process.

In particular this E&D programme focuses on:

- grounding students in an awareness of the contested development paradigm;
- inculcating an awareness of economic, political and cultural links between environmental change and social inclusion.

Those issues will be studied at the local and national level, but also taking into account the global scale of environmental and development agendas. In many cases the root causes of inequality and poverty, both in the Global South and in the Global North, are driven by regional or global economics far beyond the borders of a particular country, village or region.

The programme will teach you to critically evaluate the multiple dimensions of the relationship between development and the environment. Teaching, fieldwork, group and practical exercises will use examples of relevance to Northern and Southern countries.

The breadth and depth of the School of GeoSciences enables students to explore a variety of environment and development issues relevant to the programme: e.g. biophysical dynamics, food insecurity, environmental governance, river basin management, cultural studies, climate change, multiple scarcities and inequalities, gender and development,etc. Students are challenged to cultivate research thinking that is cross-cutting and globally relevant, but also grounded in cases that focus on particular issues, places or systems, providing insights to effective solutions.

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

Programme structure

This MSc consists of two semesters of taught courses. Students take two compulsory and four option courses, each a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits, followed by an individual dissertation.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

Understanding Environment and Development
Development: Principles and Practices
Dissertation

Option courses:

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

Applications in Ecological Economics
Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
Case Studies in Sustainable Development
Ecosystem Services 1: Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
Energy & Society
Energy Policy and Politics
Environmental Impact Assessment
Forests and Environment
Foundations in Ecological Economics
Gender and Development
Global Environment and Society
Global Environmental Politics
Governing Mineral Extraction in Africa
Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
Integrated Resource Planning
International Political Economy
Interpreting Development: Institutions and Practices
Interrelationships in Food Systems
Land Use/Environmental Interactions
Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change
Marine Systems and Policies
Participation in Policy and Planning
Political Ecology
Principles of Environmental Sustainability
Principles of Geographical Information Science
Research Design in Human Geography
Soil Protection and Management
South Asia: Roots of Poverty and Development
The International Politics of Money
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Water Resource Management

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

Career opportunities

This programme is suitable for students seeking roles within international and national development agencies, thinktanks, NGOs, environmental consultancies or the private sector, or those going on to PhD research.

Student experience

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This programme will give you a fundamental understanding of the issues affecting the Earth enabling you to play a vital role in devising and enacting strategies to protect and conserve the environment, both in Europe and beyond. Read more

Programme description

This programme will give you a fundamental understanding of the issues affecting the Earth enabling you to play a vital role in devising and enacting strategies to protect and conserve the environment, both in Europe and beyond.

Human activities are recognised as having an increasingly significant effect on the Earth’s biosphere. Our use of natural resources, deforestation, soil erosion, the release of potentially toxic compounds and pathogens, and the increase in greenhouse gases are all examples of pressures that have potentially serious consequences for humanity and other life on Earth.

On this programme you will learn about the issues that face the Earth and gain an in-depth understanding of natural resource management and the processes that give rise to environmental degradation and pollution problems.

It will allow you to play a vital role in planning and putting into action strategies to protect and conserve the environment.

This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

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

Programme structure

This programme involves two semesters of taught courses, which are a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits, plus a research dissertation project of about 16,000 words.

Compulsory courses typically include:
•Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
•Analysing the Environment
•Land Use/Environmental Interactions
•Analysing the Environment Study Tour
•Dissertation

Option courses:


In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:
•Soil Protection and Management
•Integrated Resource Management
•Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
•Marine Systems and Policies
•Archives: History, Geography, Politics
•Carbon Capture and Transport
•Culture, Ethics & Environment
•Encountering Cities
•Environmental Geochemistry
•Foundations in Ecological Economics
•Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
•Principles of Environmental Sustainability
•Principles of GIS
•Project Appraisal
•Understanding Environment and Development
•Values and the Environment
•Environmental Impact Assessment
•Waste Reduction and Recycling
•Sustainability of Food Production
•Participation in Policy and Planning
•Forests and Environment
•Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy
•Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
•Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
•Integrated Resource Planning
•Introduction to Environmental Modelling
•Political Ecology
•Ecosystem Values and Management
•Soil Science Concepts and Application
•Water Resource Management

Field trip

This programme typically includes a week-long study tour in spring. Past study tours have been held in France, Greece, Portugal, Israel and Morocco.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

•develop a scientific understanding of some of the major processes which influence the quality of land, air and water resources
•acquire knowledge of the most effective methods of environmental protection
•develop expertise in the design and implementation of programmes of environmental protection
•have the opportunity to study the integrated protection and management of particular ecosystems or resources

Career opportunities

Our graduates have a solid record in finding employment in the environmental sector while some choose to further their studies through a PhD.

There are also opportunities in consultancy positions and with environmental regulators, government and NGOs.

Student experience

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Ecological Economics focuses on how to make sustainability and environmental management work in practice by applying economic principles. Read more

Programme description

Ecological Economics focuses on how to make sustainability and environmental management work in practice by applying economic principles.

This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Graduates with postgraduate training in this area are in greater demand than ever before in business, industry and government.

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

Programme structure

You will learn through lectures, group work, informal group discussion and individual study, as well as the spring study tour. After two semesters of taught courses, you will begin work on your individual dissertations. You will be able to choose from a wide selection of option courses to suit individual interests and career goals.

Compulsory courses typically will be*:
•Foundations in Ecological Economics
•Applications in Ecological Economics
•Dissertation

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:
•Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
•Principles of Environmental Sustainability
•Project Appraisal
•Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
•Understanding Environment and Development
•Marine Systems and Policies
•Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
•Culture, Ethics & Environment
•Encountering Cities
•Frameworks to Assess Food Security
•Integrated Resource Management
•International Development in a Changing World
•Introduction To Spatial Analysis
•Principles of GIS
•Society and Development
•Soil Protection and Management
•Environmental Impact Assessment
•Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
•Participation in Policy and Planning
•Waste Reduction and Recycling
•Water Resource Management
•Political Ecology
•Case Studies in Sustainable Development
•Management of Sustainable Development
•Ecosystem Values and Management
•Forests and Environment
•Further Spatial Analysis
•Integrated Resource Planning
•Interrelationships in Food Systems
•Introduction to Environmental Modelling
•Sustainability of Food Production
•Understanding the City

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

Field trip

To experience and understand conflict between ecosystem conservation and human development needs at ground level, we typically offer a unique 7-10-day study tour, usually overseas and in the developing world (previous destinations have included South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania).

Career opportunities

Being able to identify ecological economic problems, and apply economic principles and methods to solve these problems is increasingly valued by employers.

Our graduates are working in a variety of sectors, including environmental consultancies; international and governmental agencies; NGOs; financial institutions; multinationals; environmental education and research.

Additionally around a quarter of our masters students go on to doctoral research programmes.

Student experience

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This exciting MSc gives you the breadth and background to bridge disciplinary divides and tackle the environmental issues that face us all. Read more

Programme description

This exciting MSc gives you the breadth and background to bridge disciplinary divides and tackle the environmental issues that face us all.

This programme provides up-to-date knowledge of the contemporary issues and debates on the relationships between the environment, nature, culture and society.

This interdisciplinary programme draws on expertise from across the University, especially from geography, philosophy, theology, science, technology studies and development studies, providing a unique critical perspective.

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

Our graduates are equipped to think critically, to generate new knowledge related to the environment, and to use this knowledge effectively to address urgent environmental challenges.

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

Programme structure

This programme consists of six taught courses, including four option courses, studied over two semesters. In addition, students undertake an individual dissertation project.

Compulsory courses typically include*:
•Values and the Environment
•Political Ecology
•Dissertation

Option courses:

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

•Global Environment: Key Issues
•Research Design in Human Geography
•Human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability
•Encountering Cities (PGT)
•Topics in Environmental Humanities
•Ecology, Ethics and Spirit
•Marine Systems and Policies
•Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
•Distributed GIS
•International Development in a Changing World
•Key Concepts in Global Social Change
•Soil Protection and Management
•Principles of Geographical Information Science
•Principles of GIS for Archaeologists
•Archives: History, Geography, Politics
•Green Thoughts: Landscape, Environment and Literature (PG Version)
•Methodological Debates in Human Geography
•Animals and Society
•Anthropology and Environment
•Understanding Environment and Development
•Case Studies in Sustainable Development
•Forests and Environment
•Global Environment and Society
•Sustainability of Food Production
•Global Environmental Politics
•Climate Change, Justice and Responsibility
•Biobusiness
•Environmental Impact Assessment
•ICT for Development
•Interpreting Development: Institutions and Practices
•Land Use/Environmental Interactions
•Innovation in Sustainable Food Systems
•Humans and Other Species
•Time, Place, Belonging: understanding time in society

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

Career opportunities

Graduates have pursued careers in environmental policy, conservation, animal welfare, NGOs (environmental charities and development organisations), public consultation and PhD research.

Student experience

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Unique in Europe, and one of only a few in the world, this internationally respected MSc programme offers you the chance to develop a holistic approach to outdoor education with a specific emphasis on environmental and sustainability education. Read more

Programme description

Unique in Europe, and one of only a few in the world, this internationally respected MSc programme offers you the chance to develop a holistic approach to outdoor education with a specific emphasis on environmental and sustainability education. This programme will prepare you for a career in which you will facilitate learning that focuses on themes of environmental, sustainability, and ecological education.

There are three possible exit levels: Certificate (60 credits), Diploma (120 credits), or Masters (180 credits). The Certificate programme provides a broad theoretical coverage of the field of study. The Diploma extends this with further academic study and a Professional Development Programme (involving field courses, such as a canoe descent of the River Spey, introduction to group leadership and navigation techniques, a teaching placement/practicum, and a group project), which provides a broad base for a professional career in outdoor environmental and sustainability education. The Masters extends this further still with a dissertation and associated research methods course.

The emphasis — whether Certificate, Diploma, or Masters — is on developing the knowledge, understanding, and judgement necessary to facilitate meaningful learning in, for, and through the outdoors. You will consider a range of connected subject areas as well as the particular demands for teaching these in a variety of settings, from schools, residential centres, and Ranger sites, to charitable/not-for-profit organisations.

You will develop your intellectual skills through critically assessing theoretical, professional, and academic issues while honing transferable skills such as environmental literacy and oral communication. You will also expand your understanding and personal practice of educating outdoors through a range of professional development activities.

Courses take place at our Edinburgh campus and the University’s two residential outdoor centres in the highlands of Scotland, from where you will journey by boat or on foot to live and learn in the outdoors.

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

Programme structure

Learning will take the form of lectures, seminars, group discussions, student presentations, field courses, self-study, and work experience/practicum.

For the Postgraduate Certificate you will complete the following courses:

Outdoor Environmental Education: Concept-based Practice (20 credits)
Interpreting the Landscape (20 credits)
Ecology and Field Studies (20 credits)

For the Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

Education for Environmental Citizenship
Introduction to Learning for Sustainability
Experiential Education (10 credits)
Sources of Knowledge (10 credits)

For the Masters, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

Research Methods – Planning Research (10 credits)
Dissertation (50 credits)

For the Masters and Diploma you will complete a four-week professional placement/practicum, a five-day canoe descent of the River Spey, a three-day land-based group leadership and navigation course, a two-day specialist outdoor first aid course, a group designed, week-long ‘Environmental Education in Practice’ practicum project, and the opportunity to opt-in to other professional development courses (eg. sea kayaking) from the MSc Outdoor Education programme at an additional cost.

The Masters and Diploma programmes can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The Certificate is by nature a part-time programme of study.

Career opportunities

This industry-recognised qualification will allow you to take on roles in outdoor environmental and sustainability education in a variety of settings from schools, to community education, private organisations, or charitable/not-for-profit organisations.

Completion of the MSc degree will enable you to continue onto advanced research, and a possible academic career. However, you will also develop highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied in any field.

Work placement/internships opportunities

To facilitate and broaden direct experience of teaching outdoors, course members undertake a 4-week professional placement. The placement occurs at a stage in the programme when students are able to make a useful contribution to the agencies they choose to work with and are able to relate their experience to theoretical material covered in class. Placement agencies range from those focusing on environmental education, to inner city projects, special needs organisations, management training, outdoor education centres, and many more.

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This internationally renowned degree, based within a world-leading renewable energy research group, equips graduates and professionals with a broad and robust training. Read more

Programme description

This internationally renowned degree, based within a world-leading renewable energy research group, equips graduates and professionals with a broad and robust training.

Wind, marine and solar energy technologies are covered, as well as the wider environment in which they are to fit, including: resource assessment; energy production, delivery and consumption; efficiency; sustainability; economics, policy and regulation.

In addition, our MSc students actively engage in research as part of their dissertation projects either within the Institute for Energy Systems or with industry, with some joining our PhD community afterwards.

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

Programme structure

This programme is run over 12 months, with two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project leading to a masters thesis.

Semester 1
Technologies for Sustainable Energy
Energy Innovation Governance and Strategy
Sustainable Energy Contexts
Either Electrical Engineering Fundamentals of Renewable Energy or Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals of Renewable Energy

Semester 2
Principles of Wind Energy
Marine Energy
Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems
An MSc Dissertation project from May to August

Depending on quotas and timetabling, we can offer further courses from the Schools of Engineering, GeoSciences, Mathematics, and Social and Political Science, and from Scotland's Rural College.

Career opportunities

Graduates go on to a wide range of activities in industry, public organisations or academia. The MSc has well established links with industry, with many graduates finding employment with leading national and international companies involved with energy, consultancy and engineering.

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