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Sustainable Resource Management (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

Sustainable resource management is a planning and decision making process that seeks to coordinate and balance the social, economic and environmental demands on resource use to achieve long-term sustainable benefits and reduce conflicts among resource users.

The MSc in Sustainable Resource Management is designed for people with career interests in organisations with responsibility for environmental planning, resource allocation and overseeing the impact of resource management decisions.

Students will benefit from practical knowledge and hands-on experience from government and non-government experts, and explore questions surrounding society’s coordination of natural resources; how we can manage them better and prioritise their use.

The programme will equip you with the necessary tools to pursue a range of international career paths in planning and managing environmental and economic demands.

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

Programme structure

This programme involves two semesters of taught courses and an individual research project.

Compulsory courses typically include*:
•Integrated Resource Management
•Integrated Resource Planning

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
•Frameworks to Assess Food Security
•Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
•Principles of Environmental Sustainability
•Principles of Geographical Information Science
•Environmental Valuation
•Understanding Environment and Development
•Foundations in Ecological Economics
•Geology for Earth Resources
•Ecosystem Services 1: Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
•Marine Systems and Policies
•Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
•Energy Policy and Politics
•Environmental Impact Assessment
•Participation in Policy and Planning
•Sustainability of Food Production
•Waste Reduction and Recycling
•Applications in Ecological Economics
•Forests and Environment
•Water Resource Management
•Interrelationships in Food Systems
•Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change
•Case Studies in Sustainable Development
•Land Use/Environmental Interactions

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

Learning outcomes

This programme will:

•provide an understanding of the integrated nature of natural resource use interactions and the need for integrated intervention and management
•enhance an appreciation of the challenges of developing integrated policy and management practices
•develop skills in using planning and management decision support tools in natural resource utilisation
•improve the knowledge base of policy directives and instruments affecting natural resources.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to give graduates career options in any organisation that needs to consider its environmental or resource decisions. Graduates of this programme have gone on to work across industry and government organisations.

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Visit the Sustainable Resource Management (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent. Applicants holding a UK 2:2 degree, or its international equivalent, may also be considered, especially with evidence of relevant work experience.

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