University of Edinburgh: Environmental Sustainability

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of GeoSciences
Study type Taught


Ensuring the environmental sustainability of society is one of the most significant 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?

With the MSc Environmental Sustainability, you can explore these questions and other significant challenges affecting our world today, and in the future.

What will I learn?

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.

You can explore key social and global issues and ways to address these to benefit individuals, communities, societies and our world.

The programme gives you an international perspective, with a focus on regions in both the ‘Global South’ and ‘Global North’.

Reputation, relevance and employability

Our world is facing a variety of significant and complex challenges from rising inequality and a rapidly growing population, to environmental issues and global climate change.

Because of these challenges, more organisations are working to promote sustainable development or reduce human impacts on the environment, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Edinburgh is a hub for these organisations seeking to influence national and international environmental sustainability debates, giving you access to exciting case studies and opportunities for networking.

We also have excellent relationships with a variety of organisations, providing access to potential employers, and opportunities to collaborate on dissertation projects that provide valuable real-world experience.

This MSc programme is also associated with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

ECCI brings together experts in law, business, social science, technology, and policy to help develop a low-carbon society.

Through ECCI, you will have the opportunity to be working and networking alongside professionals and potential employers within this high-demand field.


University of Edinburgh 

 University of EdinburghInspiring the world since 1583 
The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and ranked 20th in the 2020 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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