School of GeoSciences

Programme structure

This MSc programme involves two semesters of taught courses followed by an individual research project.

The curriculum consists of taught courses (September to April) worth a total of 120 credit points (including both compulsory and option courses) followed by a period of individual dissertation project work (May to August) worth 60 credit points. If you are a part-time student, you can discuss your individual programme of study with the Programme Director.

You will experience a range of teaching styles while you are studying, depending on the subject matter and courses you are taking. Courses can be delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, practicals, laboratory work, short field trips and longer field courses. Please view each relevant course for teaching and assessment methods.

Compulsory & Option Courses

We link to the latest information available via our Degree Programme Table.

Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.   Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.


Degree Programme Table: MSc Energy, Society, Sustainability 

Teaching and assessment

Information on the way you are taught and assessed.


This MSc has a 60 credit dissertation.

Please note that field trip locations may change based on availability or for reasons outwith our control including those of a political nature.