Postgraduate study

Carbon Management

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Carbon Management

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.

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:

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.

See what some of our MSc Carbon Management alumni are doing now:

Would you like to know what it’s really like to study at the School of GeoSciences?

Visit our student experience blog where you can find articles, advice, videos and ask current students your questions.

Proposed new programme: Sustainable Energy Management

We would like to hear your views on a potential new Masters in Sustainable Energy Management. Our survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete, and your answers will help inform the development of this exciting new programme.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in either economics, management, social sciences, physical sciences, geology, geography, environmental sciences, astronomy, biology, health sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, engineering, business administration, or accounting and finance.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
  • UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

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For detailed information on fee status, policies and payment see:

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500 within 28 days to secure their place on the programme.

  • School of GeoSciences
  • Institute of Geography
  • Drummond Street
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9XP

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • School of GeoSciences
  • Institute of Geography
  • Drummond Street
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9XP