A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any subject. We will also take any professional experience into account. 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
Drawing from the University’s unique breadth of expertise, students on this programme develop an in-depth appreciation of how human activity drives environmental change.
Human activity is changing the natural environment at an unprecedented rate. As a result, humanity faces a range of complex and interrelated challenges: global warming, ecosystem disruption, biodiversity loss, and, for many, increasing difficulty in meeting the basic human needs for energy, food, water and shelter.
This part-time, online distance learning programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding these contemporary environmental issues and will also develop our students’ capacities to address these in professional life.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.
The certificate is split into three taught courses, which are delivered through an exciting mixture of online modes, including video lectures, study guides, self-directed and guided reading as well as a range of interactive online reflection and discursive activities.
- Global Environment Challenges (offered from September to December): this course introduces the nature and relevance of key environmental challenges.
- Climate Change Mitigation (offered from January to March): this course examines climate change mitigation at a range of scales from geo-engineering to microgeneration, often focusing on the UK and Scotland as a case studies.
- Ecosystem Values and Management (offered from March to June): this course considers the roles that ecosystems play in providing a range of ‘services’, including climate regulation, water, food, shelter as well as cultural and spiritual values.
MSc Global Challenges
After taking this programme, graduates can also take two further postgraduate certificates in Global Development Challenges and Global Health Challenges. Completion of all three certificates leads to an MSc in Global Challenges.
This certificate will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for work with governments, NGOs, international aid organisations, United Nations agencies, the private sector, universities, other research institutions and elsewhere.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Funding may be available to students applying to this PgCert.
For 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
- Programme Director Karolina Galera
- +44 (0) 131 651 2572