School of GeoSciences MSc Programmes

Virtual Open Days

Want to find out more about our new MSc Carbon Management (Online) without leaving your desk?

Prospective students will have the chance to hear talks from our Postgraduate staff followed by informal chat sessions with other prospective students, and members of our academic and administrative support teams.

Date: 27th May 2015 Time: 11am - 12pm GMT

GeoSciences MSc Films

Hear from recent students and Programme Directors about what it's like to actually study one of our exciting MScs.

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MSc Carbon Capture & Storage

The UK's first MSc in Carbon Capture and Storage

Decarbonising the energy sector - an exploration of the technology that can help to minimise the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere

MSc Carbon Capture & Storage

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MSc Carbon Management

Find solutions to the challenge of global climate change

Study towards an degree ranked among the “Top 5 UK Sustainable Development and Environmental Management Masters” (Eduniversal)

MSc Carbon Management


NEW PgCert Climate Change Management

For graduates who want an advanced academic qualification in tackling climate change. The online delivery means that you can study to be balanced alongside full-time employment and family commitments.

PgCert Climate Change Management


MSc Earth Observation & 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 Earth Observation & Geoinformation Management

Bee and Flower

MSc Ecosystem Services

The world’s first MSc in ecosystem services

Discover how the planet's natural resources contribute to human well-being

MSc Ecosystem Services


MSc Environment, Culture and Society

An interdisciplinary approach

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

MSc Environment, Culture and Society


MSc Environment and Development

Environmental management, development agendas and socio-ecological questions

A uniquely interdisciplinary programme exploring how the environment can be managed to achieve fair and sustainable development

MSc Environment and Development

green forest

MSc Environmental Sustainability

New approaches to 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 Environmental Sustainability


MSc Geographical Information Science (GIS)

An important technology that solves real-world problems

A programme developing strong practical skills with fundamental theoretical knowledge to support the application of GIS skills in any software environment. Our unique modular structure enables you to tailor the programme around your individual interests and career goals. Demand for skilled GIS expertise continues to develop at an unprecedented rate, and our programme is held in high regard by employers. Its reputation ensures that our graduates receive favourable consideration when they begin looking for work.


GIS Archeology

MSc Geographical Information Science & Archaeology

Build a unique set of skills and boost your career prospects

At the interface of archaeology, information and survey technologies, this programme aims to develop and improve the understanding of GIS by mixing practical skills with fundamental theoretical knowledge, in order to support the application of GIS skills to any software environment. Our unique modular structure enables you to tailor the programme around your individual interests and career goals. Demand for skilled archaeologists with GIS expertise continues to develop, and our team is held in high regard by employers.

MSc Geographical Information Science & Archaeology

Marine Systems and Policies

MSc Marine Systems and Policies

The first MSc of its kind in Europe

A holistic and interdisciplinary approach to understand the functionality of marine environments, and the roles humans play in relying upon marine ecosystems for survival and prosperity.

MSc Marine Systems and Policies

Wind turbine

MSc Sustainable Resource Management

The ‘big picture approach’ to resource use

(Formerly Integrated resource management) Giving students the practical knowledge and hands-on experience to pursue a range of international career paths in planning and managing environmental and economic demands

MSc Sustainable Resource Management

Global Challenges

PgCert Global Environment Challenges

Humanity currently faces a range of complex and interrelated challenges: global warming, ecosystem disruption, biodiversity loss, and, for many, increasing difficulty in meeting basic human needs for energy, food, water and shelter. This part-time, online distance learning programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding these issues and will develop your capacity to address them in your professional life.

PgCert Global Environment Challenges

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SRUC Collaborative Programmes

The School of GeoSciences offers a suite of Programmes in collaboration with Scotland's Rural College (SRUC):

Ecological Economics

Environmental Protection and Management

Food Security

Soils and Sustainability

More info about MSc Programmes offered in collaboration with SRUC

Petroleum GeoScience

MSc Petroleum Geoscience

Quantitative geoscience for integrated subsurface exploration and development

There has never been a better time to be an industrial geologist. Society remains heavily reliant upon the Earth’s subsurface for resources such as hydrocarbons and water, and also for waste disposal.

MSc Petroleum Geoscience

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