School of GeoSciences

Taught Masters

Full details of all our on-campus and online postgraduate taught degree programmes.

The School of GeoSciences has around 18 taught Masters programmes. With many programmes with an established heritage (including GIS, Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Protection and Management), we also add to our offering regularly with new MScs in Marine Systems and Policies and Earth Observation and GeoInformation Management as well as innovative online distance learning opportunities, for example, in Carbon Management.  Additionally, 5 programmes are run collaboratively with Scotland's Rural College.


New programme surveys

We are developing two new Masters Programmes- one in GeoEnergy and one in Sustainable Energy - if you might be interested in these subject areas please take five minutes to share your views.

GeoEnergy - take our survey now

Sustainable Energy - take our survey now

MSc Carbon Capture and Storage

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Developing the next generation of leaders who will implement the large-scale decarbonisation of the energy sector, meeting our energy demands while reducing CO2 released into the atmosphere.

PgCert Carbon Innovation (online)

Study this part-time programme by itself or as part of our MSc Carbon Management. Includes courses on Carbon Economics, Climate Change Measurement, and Energy and Climate.

MSc Carbon Management

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Tackle the challenges of global climate change, and study a degree ranked in the “Top 5 UK Sustainable Development and Environmental Management Masters” (Eduniversal)

MSc Carbon Management (online)

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Learn from world-leading experts in climate change and carbon management. Part-time flexible study that fits around you. We'll even offset your carbon footprint with Plan Vivo.

PgCert Climate Change Management (online)

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Flexible, part-time, online learning - includes courses on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Climate Change Mitigation, and Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility.

MSc Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management

Gain a broad understanding of the use of Earth observation data within the context of geographical information science and its associated methods.

MSc Ecosystem Services

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Discover how the natural environment contributes to human well-being, using tools from economics and the social sciences. Gain skills cited as 'most-wanted' in the environmental sector.

MSc Environment, Culture and Society

Acquire new skills to address urgent environmental challenges across environmental policy, conservation, education, public consultation and the arts.

MSc Environment and Development

An interdisciplinary programme exploring the inter-dependencies between pressing environmental concerns and development pressures.

MSc Environmental Sustainability

This programme encourages thinking across different disciplines to blend scientific, socio-economic and policy perspectives for a stronger understanding of sustainability and how it can be achieved.

MSc Geographical Information Science

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One of the best known GIS programmes in the world, developing strong practical skills with fundamental theoretical knowledge to support the application of GIS skills in any software environment.

MSc Marine Systems and Policies

Understand the Earth's diverse marine ecosystems, and the roles society plays in shaping the current and future resilience of our global coasts and oceans.

MSc Sustainable Resource Management

Learn how to co-ordinate and balance the social, economic and environmental demands on resource use, perfect for a career in planning and managing environmental and economic demands.

MSc Ecological Economics

Applying economic principles to focus on how to make sustainability and environmental management work in practice, to create an economically secure and environmentally sustainable future.

MSc Environmental Protection & Management

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Develop strategies to protect our natural environments with this Masters degree, and understand natural resource management and the processes that cause environmental degradation.

MSc Food Security

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Gain an understanding of the technical, agronomic, environmental, economic and socio-political factors that influence food security, and help feed the world in the 21st century.

MSc Soils and Sustainability

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Aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in land based management or environmental protection, who are seeking an understanding of soil within sustainable management.

MSc Sustainable Plant Health

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This degree is for graduates planning a career in plant protection in agriculture, horticulture, forestry or urban settings, or policy development, plant health inspection, research, consultancy and conservation management, and private industry.

Online Distance Learning

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Our range of part-time and unique Online Distance Learning qualifications, designed to offer you access to a flexible Masters-level qualification whilst still being able to work or undertake family commitments.

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