A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant industry experience.
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
Exploring and informing the relationships between environment, nature and society
This exciting MSc gives you the breadth and background to bridge disciplinary divides and tackle the environmental issues that face us all.
This programme provides up-to-date knowledge of the contemporary issues and debates on the relationships between the environment, nature, culture and society.
This interdisciplinary programme draws on expertise from across the University, especially from geography, philosophy, theology, science, technology studies and development studies, providing a unique critical perspective.
You will develop the research skills and abilities to assess the importance and implications of geographical, philosophical and other theoretical debates which shape environmental policy and practice.
Our graduates are equipped to think critically, to generate new knowledge related to the environment, and to use this knowledge effectively to address urgent environmental challenges.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.
This programme consists of six taught courses, including four option courses, studied over two semesters. In addition, students undertake an individual dissertation project.
Compulsory courses typically include*:
- Values and the Environment
- Political Ecology
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:
- Archives: History, Geography, Politics
- Culture, Ethics & Environment
- Encountering Cities
- Global Environment: Key Issues
- Research Design in Human Geography
- Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
- Understanding Environment and Development
- Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
- Distributed GIS
- International Development in a Changing World
- Key Concepts in Global Social Change
- Soil Protection and Management
- Principles of GIS
- Principles of GIS for Archaeologists
- Society and Development
- Ecology, Ethics and Spirit
- Marine Systems and Policies
- Climate Change, Justice and Responsibility
- Global Environmental Politics
- Green Thoughts: Landscape, Environment and Literature
- Methodological Debates in Human Geography
- Case Studies in Sustainable Development
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Forests and Environment
- Global Environment and Society
- ICT for Development
- Interpreting Development: Institutions and Practices
- Land Use/Environmental Interactions
- Management of Sustainable Development
- Sustainability of Food Production
*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.
Graduates have pursued careers in environmental policy, conservation, animal welfare, NGOs (environmental charities and development organisations), public consultation and PhD research.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Environment, Culture and Society has historically secured several £5,000 Head of School Scholarships. Details of these and other current opportunities may be found on our website. Deadlines apply so early application is encouraged: www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/geosciences/postgraduate/masters-programme/pgtscholarshipsgeos
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- MSc Programme Secretary Paula Escobar
- +44 (0) 131 650 2543