Research course

Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (Environmental Sustainability)

University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The research degree in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences draws on expertise from the following two Research Institutes: Global Change and Geography and the Lived Environment.

Global Change

Our overarching aim is to improve the scientific understanding of past, present and future changes in the Earth system through measurements, theory and computational modelling. Better understanding of the Earth system allows us to inform policymakers and to develop effective mitigation strategies which, if implemented, would minimise the economic and humanitarian implications of changes in climate and the Earth system.

Our aim incorporates some of the most compelling scientific challenges of the 21st century. To address these questions we nurture a multidisciplinary research and teaching environment, integrating expertise across the Institute, the School and more broadly throughout the University.

Geography and the Lived Environment

We seek to generate agenda-setting research that improves understanding of the inter-relationships between people, society and the environment.

Our research investigates key areas of contemporary and historic societal concern, including development, climate change, inequalities, land-use change, ecosystem services, health and wellbeing and urbanisation. The “lived environment” refers to those aspects of the Earth system that are experienced by people – not as it is purely conceptualised or theorised, but as it is lived. It is a multidisciplinary concept that brings together environmental science, geography, economics, policy, social science and computer science.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 131 650 8556