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The University of Edinburgh: Environment, Culture and Society

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of GeoSciences
Study type Taught


The MSc Environment, Culture and Society provides up-to-date knowledge of the contemporary issues and debates on the relationships between the environment, nature, culture and society.

Welcoming students from a variety of backgrounds, this exciting MSc will explore the core perspectives, concepts, and practices from the arts, humanities and social sciences needed to imagine and enact sustainable environmental futures.

You will develop the critical and creative skills and abilities to assess the importance and implications of geographical and other conceptual debates which shape environmental policy and practice.

Reputation and relevance

Taught by world-leading experts, the programme draws on expertise from across the University, especially from:

  • geography

  • social and political studies

  • landscape architecture

  • literature

  • archaeology

  • philosophy

  • theology

  • science and technology studies

  • development studies

It provides you with a unique critical and creative perspective on current environmental issues and possible futures.

You will learn to think critically, engage creatively and generate new knowledge related to the environment. In addition, you will be able to use this knowledge effectively to address urgent environmental challenges across a range of specialities such as policy, conservation, education, public consultation and the arts.

Is the MSc for me?

The programme's interdisciplinary nature is ideal if you have a background in environmental humanities, social sciences, or creative arts.

It is also suitable if you desire to understand the roots of our current environmental emergency and the possibilities for a better future.

There is a lot of flexibility in the programme, enabling you to customise your learning in areas you are most passionate about. For example, philosophy, policy, creative practice and political action.


This programme is affiliated with a variety of University networks, including:

  • School of GeoSciences Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group

  • Global Environment and Society Academy

  • Energy and Society Network

  • Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network


University of Edinburgh 


Inspiring the world since 1583 
University of EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 16th in the 2022 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from some 156 countries, creating a unique Edinburgh experience.

We provide a stimulating working, learning, and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities and attract the world's best, from Nobel Prize winning laureates to future explorers, pioneers and inventors.

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