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Decarbonising the energy sector
Our MSc programme is the first of its kind in the UK, providing high-level skills and training across the entire breadth of this rapidly developing area. As global energy demands are set to rise for the foreseeable future, fossil fuels will remain a central part of the way we generate energy. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has been increasingly recognised as a technology that can help minimise the amount of CO2 we release into the atmosphere. This MSc programme incorporates two streams, suitable for different career aims and backgrounds and drawing on inter-disciplinary research.
The challenge of global climate change
A collaboration between the Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School, providing expertise and skills in the business, economics and science of carbon management. Carbon management is now at the heart of tackling climate change and has rapidly become a central part of the global business environment with Edinburgh as one of the most important global centres in this new discipline. This programme is for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification to launch careers in carbon and climate change management in business or government and is taught by world-leading experts.
The world’s first MSc in ecosystem services
Human welfare depends on many ecosystem services, for example the provision of clean water and food, flood control and the control of pests and diseases. But consumption of natural resources continues to increase and major ecosystems are becoming unable to function. Ecosystem services is now firmly rooted in many international initiatives in government and non-governmental organisations and this MSc gives comprehension of ecosystem processes and provides an intellectual basis for evaluating the contribution of ecosystems to human well-being, using tools from economics and other disciplines.
Nature and society's relationships
Bridging disciplinary divides and tackling environmental issues, this MSc provides insight into contemporary issues about nature, culture and society. It draws on expertise from geography, philosophy, theology, science and technology, and development studies. Graduates are equipped to think critically across multiple disciplines, to generate new knowledge related to the environment, and to use this knowledge effectively to address urgent environmental challenges in a range of contexts and practices, including environmental policy, conservation, education, public consultation, the arts, and PhD research.
Environmental management, development agendas and socio-ecological questions
This is an interdisciplinary programme exploring how the environment can be managed to achieve fair and sustainable development. It focuses on the economic, political and cultural links between environmental change and social inclusion at the local, national and global levels. ‘Global South’ is a key term for studying poverty, but in many cases the root causes of poverty are driven by factors far beyond the borders of a particular area. Among subjects studied are biophysical dynamics, food insecurity, environmental governance, river basin management, cultural studies, climate change and multiple scarcities and inequalities.
New approaches to sustainability
The environmental sustainability of society is the major challenge facing humanity in the 21st century and an increasingly important issue for public agencies and other organisations. This MSc programme encourages thinking across different disciplines, providing the opportunity to blend scientific, socio-economic and policy perspectives for a stronger understanding of sustainability and how it can be achieved. Develop the critical thinking, policy analysis and interdisciplinary environmental perspective needed by organisations seeking to promote sustainable development and improve environmental performance.
The ‘big picture approach’ to resource use
IRM is a planning and decision-making process that balances the social, economic and environmental demands on resource use, to achieve long-term sustainable benefits and reduce conflicts among resource users. The programme is designed for people who hope to work in organisations responsible for environmental planning and resource allocation.It supplies practical knowledge and hands-on experience, aimed to equip the student with the necessary tools to pursue a range of international career paths in planning and managing environmental and economic demands.
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.
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.
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. This PG-Cert forms 1/3 of an MSc in Global Challenges - the two other Certificates are: Global Health Challenges and Global Development Challenges.
Quantitative geoscience for integrated subsurface exploration and development
This programme is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University, and Heriot-Watt University)
Petroleum GeoSciences provides to develop skills in 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 (CO2 or toxic wastes).
Feeding the world in the 21st Century
This is a critically important issue for societies around the globe. Interaction between demographics, changes in diet, trade liberalisation, increased focus on conservation, technological innovations including GM crops, the impact of climate change - all affect food security. Qualified experts to work with policy creation and legislation are in demand.
This programme is a collaboration between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences.
Deforestation and soil erosion, human use of natural resources, the release of potentially toxic compounds and pathogens and the increase in greenhouse gases are all examples of pressures that have serious consequences for all life on Earth. This programme provides an in-depth understanding of natural resource management and the processes that give rise to environmental degradation, and prepares graduates for work in this field. The School of GeoSciences has a long history of collaboration SRUC and other major research institutes, each of which have a strong interest in the science related to pollution in rural areas.
This programme focuses on how to make sustainability and environmental management work in practice by applying economic principles. Our graduates are working in environmental consultancies, non-governmental organisations, government, financial institutions and multinational companies all over the world and many have gone on to do PhDs. The programme includes field trips and a 10-day study tour, usually overseas and in the developing world, to experience instances of conflict between ecosystem conservation and human development needs at ground level. This programme is a collaboration between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the School of GeoSciences.
Essential for food production, soils also store water, provide biological habitats, impact the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, absorb society’s waste, are a source of minerals and provide the foundations for housing and roads that we depend on. A programme for students who wish to pursue a career in land-based management or environmental protection and gain a greater understanding of soil within the context of sustainable management. The degree is designed to provide a preparation for an industry or academic research career, or a professional career in soil science and environmental management.A collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).
This article was published on Dec 9, 2013