Taught course

Environmental Sustainability

University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a biological, environmental or physical science, geography, social science or other relevant subject. Due to the focus of this programme, business-related degrees are, unfortunately, not suitable for entry.

Months of entry


Course content

Ensuring the environmental sustainability of society is one of the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.

  • How can the needs of the world’s growing population be met without threatening the ecological processes that support human well-being?
  • How can economy and energy systems be restructured to combat climate change?
  • What policies foster sustainability?
  • How can the necessary changes in the behaviour of organisations and individuals be promoted?

The MSc in Environmental Sustainability explores these and other related, topical questions. You will be encouraged to think across different disciplines to blend scientific, socio-economic and policy perspectives for a stronger understanding of sustainability and how it can be achieved.

The programme takes an international perspective, with a focus on regions in the global North.

With a rapidly growing population and global climate change, more organisations are working to promote sustainable development or reduce human impacts on the environment. Edinburgh is a hub for organisations seeking to influence national environmental sustainability debates, giving you access to interesting case studies and opportunities for networking.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Programme Contact, Teaching Office
+44 (0)131 650 2543