A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological science, environmental science, physical science, geography, engineering, economics or other relevant subject. We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant industry experience. Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section); TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (with no score lower than 20 in each section). A degree from an English speaking university may be accepted in some circumstances. More information about other qualifications we accept is online: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/english
Months of entry
Developing strategies to protect and conserve our natural environments
This programme will give you a fundamental understanding of the issues affecting the Earth enabling you to play a vital role in devising and enacting strategies to protect and conserve the environment, both in Europe and beyond.
Human activities are recognised as having an increasingly significant effect on the Earth’s biosphere. Our use of natural resources, deforestation, soil erosion, the release of potentially toxic compounds and pathogens, and the increase in greenhouse gases are all examples of pressures that have potentially serious consequences for humanity and other life on Earth.
On this programme you will learn about the issues that face the Earth and gain an in-depth understanding of natural resource management and the processes that give rise to environmental degradation and pollution problems.
It will allow you to play a vital role in planning and putting into action strategies to protect and conserve the environment.
This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.
This programme involves two semesters of taught courses, which are a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits, plus a research dissertation project of about 16,000 words.
Compulsory courses typically include*:
- Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
- Analysing the Environment
- Land Use/Environmental Interactions
- Analysing the Environment Study Tour
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:
- Soil Protection and Management
- Integrated Resource Management
- Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
- Marine Systems and Policies
- Archives: History, Geography, Politics
- Carbon Capture and Transport
- Culture, Ethics & Environment
- Encountering Cities
- Environmental Geochemistry
- Foundations in Ecological Economics
- Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
- Principles of Environmental Sustainability
- Principles of GIS
- Project Appraisal
- Understanding Environment and Development
- Values and the Environment
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Sustainability of Food Production
- Participation in Policy and Planning
- Forests and Environment
- Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy
- Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
- Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
- Integrated Resource Planning
- Introduction to Environmental Modelling
- Political Ecology
- Ecosystem Values and Management
- Soil Science Concepts and Application
- Water Resource Management
*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.
This programme has historically include a week-long study tour in spring. Past study tours have been held in locations such as France, Greece, Portugal, Israel and Morocco.
Our graduates have a solid record in finding employment in the environmental sector while some choose to further their studies through a PhD.
There are also opportunities in consultancy positions and with environmental regulators, government and NGOs.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Students applying for Environmental Protection and Management may be eligible to apply for funding including Scottish Funding Council Full Fee Scholarships.
For additional information about funding opportunities visit our GeoSciences Scholarships webpage
Or visit the University's Scholarships and Student Finance Office.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- MSc Programme Secretary Elspeth Martin
- +44 (0)131 535 4198