University of Edinburgh

MSc in Global Challenges


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc in Global Challenges

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Climate change, natural disasters, political instability, conflict and wars, rapid population growth, poverty and underinvestment in low-income countries are leading to a range of challenges on a scale and at a frequency not experienced before . Tackling these issues requires a multidisciplinary approach with sustainability at its heart. Our Masters will equip you with the understanding, knowledge and skills to tackle the inter-related global challenges of development, health and environment. 

This unique masters is made up of 3 different Postgraduate Certificates, which can also be studied on their own. Studying the three components of our MSc will give you the comprehensive insight into global challenges necessary to take a leading role in a variety of areas involving International Cooperation, Sustainable Development, International Development, and Corporate Social Responsibility, amongst others.

Taught entirely online, this part-time programme is specifically designed so you can study while you work. Whether you’re already working in a related field and looking to broaden your expertise, or seeking to move into a new area of work, we provide opportunities to not only bring your experience into your studies, but also to apply your new insights and skills to your work while you study.

Structure and courses:

Each of the 3 certificates building-up to our masters takes a multidisciplinary approach to global challenges from its own distinct perspective. As you progress through the programme you will integrate your learning from each certificate you study, adding depth and richness to your experience. About the components of the masters:

  • PG Certificate in Global Development Challenges considers the increasing economic, social and political inequalities in many parts of the world, and the need for new ways of thinking about and addressing international development. 
  • PG Certificate Global Environment Challenges considers how human activity is changing the natural environment at an unprecedented rate and the impact of this on human wellbeing and development. 
  • PG Certificate Global Health Challenges considers the connections between local and global health challenges, and our changing understanding of health and wellness, illness and health care.  


Using their skills and knowledge acquired through the MSc Global Challenges, graduates will be able to pursue careers in:

NGOs and charities
Multinational organizations
Corporate managerial positions in CSR, environmental and social governance
Civil Service, strategy and managerial positions

Graduates from this programme will be uniquely equipped to advise and guide on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The goals emphasize the need for a coherent connection across many challenges and this programme will give you the language, and knowledge to understand the complexity of the challenges and to look at innovative solutions and approaches.


Fully accredited by The University of Edinburgh and internationally recognized

International Student Requirements:

For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website. Our website will also inform you which international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 72.50

In State Tuition (per year): 725/1445 EUR

Out State Tuition (per year): 725/1445 EUR

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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