A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in the natural or social sciences or other relevant subject areas.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
- IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Months of entry
This fresh, new programme for 2018 is a collaboration between the School of GeoSciences and the School of Social and Political Sciences.
The world is facing an ‘energy trilemma’; how to achieve energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability. Whilst equipping students with an active understanding of low carbon technologies, policies and markets, this new MSc programme is focused squarely on analysing the social, societal and environmental dimensions of energy transitions. You will examine how citizens are involved in and are affected by changes in energy systems.
On a more theoretical level, the programme will enable you to relate supply-side issues to geo-politics and political economy, whilst energy demand will be studied in relation to broader challenges of sustainable consumption.
On a more practical level you will explore the potential of ‘smart’ ICT to affect consumption and inform strategic choices in sustainable living at household and community level. With Scotland being a world leader in renewable electricity generation (especially wind and marine), but also being economically dependent on declining North Sea oil and gas and suffering from high levels of energy poverty, this interdisciplinary MSc. benefits from close access to a high number of insightful case studies, which will serve to examine links between global and local issues, explore international best practices and identify locally suited pathways to more sustainable energy management.
- Energy & Society I: Key Themes
- Energy in the Global South
- Energy & Society II: Methods & Applications
- Energy Policy & Politics
- Dissertation in Energy, Society & Sustainability
- Technologies for Sustainable Energy
- Climate Change Management
- Energy and Environmental Economics
- Applications in Ecological Economics
- Principles of Environmental Sustainability
- Human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability
- Case Studies in Sustainable Development
- Economic Issues in Public Policy
- Political Issues i Public Policy
- Global Environmental Politics
- Governance, Development and Poverty in Africa
- Science, Knowledge and Expertise
- Global Environment: Key Issues
- Controversies in Science and Technology
- Resource Politics and Development
- Development, Science and Technology
Information for international students
To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://wwww.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.
Fees and funding
Please find the information with regards to fees and funding for this programme on our website: Programme costs & funding options
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Programme Contact, Karolina Galera
- +44 (0)131 650 2572