Postgraduate study

Carbon Capture & Storage

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Carbon Capture & Storage

This is the only programme of its kind in the UK, giving you high-level skills and training across the rapidly developing area of carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Global energy demands are still rising, and fossil fuels remain central to meeting those demands in the medium term. CCS is a recognised solution to reducing CO2 emissions until fossil fuels are entirely replaced by renewable energy technologies.

With commercial trials under way, countries and industries are investing in this new technology. In the UK, all existing power stations must have a full-scale retrofit of CCS within five years of the technology being independently judged as technically and commercially proven.

This MSc draws on our world-class interdisciplinary academic research and the insights we have gained from projects involving our industrial stakeholders.

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

The MSc has two semesters of lectures and practical classes, followed by a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words. The programme includes industry guest lectures as well as opportunities for fieldwork and industry site visits to a range of locations.

Designed for graduates of engineering or geoscience-related subjects, the programme provides high-level skills and training in the entire value chain of CCS, including combustion, transport, geoscience and legal aspects.

Compulsory courses:

  • Carbon Economics
  • Carbon Capture and Transport
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Carbon Storage and Monitoring
  • Dissertation
  • Geology for Earth Resources (compulsory for students without a geoscience background)

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:

  • Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
  • Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
  • SeismicReflection Interpretation
  • Energy & Society
  • Geology for Earth Resources
  • Principles of Geographical Information Science
  • Spatial Modelling
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
  • Energy Policy and Politics
  • Hydrocarbon Reservoir Quality
  • Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing
  • Political Ecology
  • Separation Processes For Carbon Capture
  • Technology and Innovation Management

Graduates can enter into all manner of jobs due to the transferable and highly desirable nature of the skills gained. However, typically our graduates pursue careers in business, industry, government and non-governmental organisations in the field of low-carbon energy production.

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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 an engineering or geosciences subject, for example geology, geochemistry, or geophysics.

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.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • School of GeoSciences
  • Grant Institute
  • West Mains Road
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JW

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.

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Further information

  • School of GeoSciences
  • Grant Institute
  • West Mains Road
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JW