Taught course

Sustainable Resource Management

University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Applicants holding a UK 2:2 degree, or its international equivalent, may also be considered, especially with evidence of relevant work experience. Undergraduate students and individuals with backgrounds in business, economics, geography, engineering and agricultural and environmental sciences, as well as many others, have all studied and benefited from this masters degree: http://www.ed.ac.uk/international/country . 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


Course content

Programme Despcription

Sustainable resource management is a planning and decision making process that seeks to coordinate and balance the social, economic and environmental demands on resource use to achieve long-term sustainable benefits and reduce conflicts among resource users.

The MSc in Sustainable Resource Management is designed for people with career interests in organisations with responsibility for environmental planning, resource allocation and overseeing the impact of resource management decisions.

Students will benefit from practical knowledge and hands-on experience from government and non-government experts, and explore questions surrounding society’s coordination of natural resources; how we can manage them better and prioritise their use.

The programme will equip you with the necessary tools to pursue a range of international career paths in planning and managing environmental and economic demands.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Programme Structure

This programme involves two semesters of taught courses and an individual research project.

Compulsory courses typically include*:

  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Integrated Resource Planning
  • Dissertation

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:

  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Frameworks to Assess Food Security
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • Principles of Environmental Sustainability
  • Principles of Geographical Information Science
  • Environmental Valuation
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Foundations in Ecological Economics
  • Ecosystem Services 1: Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
  • Marine Systems and Policies
  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Energy Policy and Politics
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Participation in Policy and Planning
  • Sustainability of Food Production
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Applications in Ecological Economics
  • Water Resource Management
  • Interrelationships in Food Systems
  • Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change
  • Case Studies in Sustainable Development
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions

*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.


This programme is designed to give graduates career options in any organisation that needs to consider its environmental or resource decisions. Graduates of this programme have gone on to work across industry and government organisations.

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Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students applying for Sustainable Resource Management may be eligible to apply for funding.

For information about funding opportunities visit our GeoSciences Scholarships webpage

Or visit the University's Scholarships and Student Finance Office.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24,36 months

Course contact details

MSc Programme Secretary Susie Crocker
+44 (0)131 651 7126