Taught course

Energy, Society and Sustainability

Institution
University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in the natural or social sciences or other relevant subject areas.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This fresh, new programme for 2017 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,800
International students
£23,700

Please find the information with regards to fees and funding for this programme on our website: Programme costs & funding options

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Rachel Jacgung
Email
rachel.jacgung@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1316 517274