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Environmental Sustainability MSc, PgDip

Open Day: 21 November 2014

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MSc Environmental Sustainability - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Environmental Sustainability - 2 Years (Part-time)
MSc Environmental Sustainability - 3 Years (Part-time)
PgDip Environmental Sustainability - 9 Months (Full-time)

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Contact information
Natasa Honeybone (Postgraduate Secretary)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 7274
Dr Marc Metzger (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 4446
Address: School of GeoSciences
Geography Building
Drummond Street
Central Campus

Ensuring the environmental sustainability of society is the major challenge facing humanity in the 21st century.

How can the needs of the world’s growing population be met without threatening the ecological processes that support human well-being? How can the economy and energy systems be restructured to combat climate change? What policies foster sustainability? How can the necessary changes in the behaviour of organisations and individuals be promoted? This MSc programme explores these and related questions.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a biological, environmental or physical science, geography, social science or other relevant subject. Due to the focus, business-related degrees are, unfortunately, not suitable for entry.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS: 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each section)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: 100 (at least 20 in each section)
  • PTE: 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections - "Enabling Skills" section scores are not considered)
  • CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

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Programme description

In this programme, leading academics encourage you to think across different disciplines to blend scientific, socio-economic and policy perspectives for a stronger understanding of sustainability and how it can be achieved.

This wider perspective is an advantage for organisations that promote sustainable development or seek to reduce our effect on the environment.

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

Programme structure

This programme consists of six taught courses, studied over two semesters.

You will also undertake a research project leading to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words.

Compulsory courses

  • Principles of Environmental Sustainability
  • Case Studies in Sustainable Development

Optional courses

We particularly recommend:

  • Applications in Ecological Economics
  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Culture, Ethics & Environment
  • Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
  • Energy Policy and Politics
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forests and Environment
  • Foundations in Ecological Economics
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • Integrated Resource Management
  • International Development in a Changing World
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions
  • Participation in Policy & Planning
  • Political Ecology
  • Project Appraisal
  • Sustainability of Food Production
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Water Resource Management

Learning outcomes

Students will be equipped to:

  • assess the sustainability of policies, programmes and projects at scales ranging from the local to the global
  • analyse environmental problems using knowledge from different disciplines, leading to well-founded and effective solutions
  • advocate sustainable development and engage in informed debate on current environmental controversies

Career opportunities

This programme trains you for a wide range of roles within environmental consultancy, national and local government, non-profit organisations, education or research. Your choice of courses and your dissertation project can be tailored towards your chosen career path.

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