MSc Environmental Sustainability
Why choose this course?
Extremely relevant in today's climate-aware world, this course is aimed at graduates from a wide range of disciplines. Whether you're an engineer, architect, lawyer or accountant, it will give you the qualifications you need for a career in either the renewable and traditional energy industries.
With an emphasis on sustainable development principles and practice, the course takes an industry-focused approach, with particular application to the water sector, property development and building design. You'll also study national and international environmental legal principles, opening the door to a possible career in sustainability-based projects worldwide.
You'll graduate with the ability to analyse and plan environmental sustainability solutions, particularly relating to water, building and property. You'll develop your communication skills, and be able to exchange theory and ideas on a wide range of sustainability issues, including environmental law, building design and waste management.
As Edinburgh's top university for Graduate Employability (HESA 2010) and one of the top in the UK for Graduate Prospects (The Independent and The Times University Guides for 2009), we can offer you a valuable head-start in your chosen career.
Once qualified, you'll be well placed to take on an analytical or developmental position in any company or institution that incorporates an aspect of environmental sustainability, such as:
local and central government
service sector organisations.
What can Edinburgh Napier offer?
We have developed this course to provide a balanced blend of theory and practice, preparing you for a rapid entry into the workplace on graduation. Our links with industry - predominantly through our Industrial Liaison Committee, which meets regularly to discuss course syllabus and promote student/professional interaction - encourage the formation of networks and contacts that will help you take your first step towards a successful career.
The course is supported by:
specialist laboratories, so you can benefit from practical experience that reinforces the knowledge you gain from lectures and tutorials
an online working environment, giving you instant access to lecture notes, coursework, exams and reading lists
24 hour access to the 500-seat Jack Kilby computer centre, where you will have use of relevant software packages, plus unrestricted email and web access
Based over one year, the course will involve lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. This course can also be studied part-time.
Sustainability and Environment, Environmental Law, Sustainable Building Design
Waste Management, Integrated Management Systems, choice of: Sustainable Urban Property Development, Sustainable Water Resources Management
On completion of Trimester 1 you will be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate. After Trimester 2, a Postgraduate Diploma.
access to our fully-networked library, offering an extensive collection of materials and required course texts
specialist staff who are on hand to offer support in learning, language development or personal issues, including a personal development tutor
our Library Information Service, which can provide a number of useful aids that will help develop study skills - ideal if you are returning to study.
This course is based at Merchiston Campus in the lively Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh. The campus is well catered for by local amenities including cafes and bars, and is a short walk from the beautiful Meadows Park. Merchiston Campus is a unique blend of the past and present. It is home to modern computing facilities as well as the 13th century Napier Tower.
Please ensure that if you are seeking a course which leads to accreditation with a professional body you have checked what the requirements are or have contacted us for specific advice.
International Student Requirements:
You'll require a recognised honours degree (or other qualification at equivalent level), or a lower level qualification and appropriate experience.
This course is broad based and targeted at a diverse student body, including civil engineers, electrical engineers, building services engineers, mechanical engineers, architects, architectural technologists, quantity surveyors, lawyers, accountants, estate managers, etc.
Candidates with a background in the social sciences seeking to gain an understanding of sustainable development are encouraged to apply.