Subject area: Sustainable Development
Why choose Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh?
This programme offers specialist courses in sustainable development that benefit from innovative teaching and a strong sense of community.
Our staff and our courses have won Edinburgh University Students’ Association Teaching Awards on many occasions.
The University has an outstanding record of world-leading research and teaching in a wide range of approaches to sustainability and human development, from across the social and natural sciences.
You will be able to engage with sustainability issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives – focusing on the social science analyses that are crucial for sustainable development. There are also opportunities (but no obligation) to study science courses if you wish.
My programme helped equip me for the future by developing my interests. The broadness of the material covered has really helped me see what I enjoy and allowed me to focus my choices, which will help me for life beyond my studies.
Introducing Sustainable Development
Sustainable development refers to the challenges of reducing global inequity and improving wellbeing, while reducing threats to Earth's systems from industrialised production and consumption.
Effective environmental care, in relation to climate stability, biodiversity and renewal of natural resources, requires the examination of how societies organise social, economic and political activity, how they relate to their surroundings and how they ensure the renewal of natural resources for future generations.
Our programme addresses these global issues primarily through multidisciplinary social science teaching, focusing on the social consequences of current patterns of development and opportunities for change.
At the same time, you will develop understanding of the key scientific debates and the ability to evaluate scientific knowledge and practices concerning sustainable development. There are options for students wishing to pursue scientific perspectives on sustainable development, but these are not compulsory.