Taught course

Carbon Capture and Storage

University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in an engineering or geosciences subject, for example geology, geochemistry, or geophysics. Please visit http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/country to check equivalents to UK qualifications. Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English. A degree from an English speaking university may be accepted in some circumstances. For information about qualifications we accept, please visit http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/english


Months of entry


Course content

This is the only programme of its kind in the UK, giving you high-level skills and training across the rapidly developing area of carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Global energy demands are still rising, and fossil fuels remain central to meeting those demands in the medium term. CCS is a recognised solution to reducing CO2 emissions until fossil fuels are entirely replaced by renewable energy technologies.

With commercial trials under way, countries and industries are investing in this new technology. In the UK, all existing power stations must have a full-scale retrofit of CCS within five years of the technology being independently judged as technically and commercially proven.

This MSc draws on our world-class interdisciplinary academic research and the insights we have gained from projects involving our industrial stakeholders.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

The MSc has two semesters of lectures and practical classes, followed by a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words. The programme includes industry guest lectures as well as opportunities for fieldwork and industry site visits to a range of locations.

Designed for graduates of engineering or geoscience-related subjects, the programme provides high-level skills and training in the entire value chain of CCS, including combustion, transport, geoscience and legal aspects.

Compulsory courses typically include*:

  • Carbon Economics
  • Carbon Capture and Transport
  • Hydrocarbons (compulsory for students without a geoscience background)
  • Carbon Storage and Monitoring
  • Dissertation
  • Geology for Earth Resources (compulsory for students without a geoscience background)

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:

  • Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
  • Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
  • Geology for Earth Resources
  • Principles of Geographical Information Science
  • Spatial Modelling
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Hydrocarbon Reservoir Quality
  • Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing
  • Political Ecology
  • Separation Processes For Carbon Capture
  • Technology and Innovation Management

*Please note: all courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.


Graduates can enter into all manner of jobs due to the transferable and highly desirable nature of the skills gained. However, typically our graduates pursue careers in business, industry, government and non-governmental organisations in the field of low-carbon energy production.



Information for international students


To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

For additional information about funding opportunities visit our GeoSciences Scholarships webpage

Or visit the Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24,36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

MSc Programme Secretary Susie Crocker
+44 (0)131 651 7126