Taught course

Environmental Protection and Management

Scotland's Rural College · Department of Environmental Studies

Entry requirements

Preferably a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its equivalent if outside of the UK, in a biological, environmental or physical science, geography, engineering, economics or other relevant subject. Applicants holding a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its equivalent from outside the UK, may also be considered. Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

The course will be particularly attractive to:

  • graduates in natural sciences who wish to work in fields relating to environmental protection;
  • students from disciplines such as ecology, agriculture, forestry and related disciplines who are keen to understand the scientific basis of environmental management;
  • students from developing countries as well as from advanced economies.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme aims to provide both an understanding of the processes that give rise to environmental degradation and pollution problems, and a capability in management of natural resources. Climate change is a particularly important threat, and is an issue that is dealt with in-depth in a number of the course modules.

Graduates will become equipped to devise and enact strategies to protect and conserve environments that face a wide range of threats.

On completion of the course, students will

  • develop a scientific understanding of some of the major processes which influence the quality of land, air and water resources;
  • acquire knowledge of the most effective methods of environmental protection;
  • develop expertise in the design and implementation of programmes of environmental protection;
  • have the opportunity to study the integrated protection and management of particular ecosystems or resources.

This programme is delivered by SRUC and awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Alistair Hamilton
0131 535 4066