School of GeoSciences


Where can a degree in MSc Environmental Protection and Management take you?

Global climate change, our growing population and unprecedented consumption of finite resources are rising higher and higher on the political agenda across the world.

Graduates with the knowledge to apply the principles of effective management of limited resources and protection of our fragile environment are in high demand to find answers and solutions to problems such as deforestation, pollution, soil erosion and more. In particular, addressing such issues needs graduates that can take a holistic and flexible approach to problem-solving, often also working with or across other disciplines.

Our graduates have a strong record in finding employment in the environmental sector around the world. Recent graduates are working in roles such as environmental protection officer, coral reef fieldwork leader, planning consultant, scientific publisher, and ecological consultancy.


Examples of the organisations our graduates have gained employment include Scottish Environmental and Protection Agency (SEPA), Talisman Energy, and the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. There are also many consultancy opportunities with environmental regulators, governments, NGO’s, and private environmental consultancies.

You can also progress to further research and academia. Recent PhD subjects pursued include deer management, air pollution modelling, human-wildlife conflicts, use of UAV (drones) in environmental monitoring, and Arctic ocean circulation systems.

Links with employers

Students interact with employers in various environmental fields through guest speakers, site visits, SRUC/University of Edinburgh seminars, dissertation projects, and also through our ‘Environment and Society Practitioner and Research Mixer’ - an event in semester 1 at which students, staff and potential employers/dissertation supervisors meet and exchange ideas and contacts.

EPM Network

Edinburgh has a thriving network of organisations working on Environmental Protection and Management. We use this network of organisations to strengthen the MSc programme, both through contributions to teaching, dissertation supervision and opportunities for collaborative research. These organisations include:

  • The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
  • The James Hutton Institute (JHI)
  • Private consultancies
  • Local authorities
  • Environmental and conservation charities



See how the skills and knowledge from this MSc can further your career by looking at current environmental vacancies.



The skills you will gain on this MSc are highly employable.