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Environmental Protection and Management MSc

Level: SCQF 11

Available at these campuses: Edinburgh

About the Course

SRUC and University of EdinburghThis programme aims to provide both an understanding of the processes that give rise to environmental degradation and pollution problems, and a capability in management of natural resources. Climate change is a particularly important threat, and is an issue that is dealt with in-depth in a number of the course modules.

Graduates will become equipped to devise and enact strategies to protect and conserve environments that face a wide range of threats.

On completion of the course, students will

  • Develop a scientific understanding of some of the major processes which influence the quality of land, air and water resources.
  • Acquire knowledge of the most effective methods of environmental protection.
  • Develop expertise in the design and implementation of programmes of environmental protection.
  • Have the opportunity to study the integrated protection and management of particular ecosystems or resources.

This programme is Edinburgh based and run in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.

Contact us

SRUC Postgraduate Student Administration
Elspeth Martin
Phone: +44 (0)131 535 4198

SRUC Programme Director
Alistair Hamilton
Phone: +44 (0) 131 535 4066

Entry Requirements

Preferably a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its equivalent, in a biological, environmental or physical science, geography, engineering, economics or other relevant subject. Evidence of English proficiency.

Course Content

For more information please download our course leaflet.

The MSc consists of 6 taught modules, followed by a period of dissertation project work. The study tour, which takes place in Spring, is also an integral part of the programme.

Three modules are compulsory:

Atmospheric Quality and Global Change

The module covers air chemistry, pollution, renewable energy, global change and impacts on marine and biological systems, transport and planning.

Land Use / Environmental Interactions

The module examines the effects of land use on water quality and wildlife, and covers pesticide management, catchment management, pollution control, acidification, and a variety of land uses.

Professional and Research Skills in Practice

The course develops key transferrable skills for professional working and in preparation for the dissertation research project.  The course includes the overseas study field trip.

A further three modules are chosen from a wide range of options delivered by a number of departments across the University of Edinburgh and SRUC including The Centre for Environmental Change and Sustainability, the College of Humanities & Social Science, and the College of Science and Engineering. For more information please refer to the course page on the University of Edinburgh's website.

Study Tour

Part of this programme is a week-long study tour in spring. Past study tours have been held in France, Greece, Portugal, Israel and Morocco.

Course Format

The taught component of each course, leading to the Postgraduate Diploma, comprises 6 modules studied over a period of 9 months, starting in October. Each course is made up of core modules, together with recommended and elective modules chosen with the approval of the Director of the programme.

Students progressing to the MSc will undertake a further 3 month period of directed study leading to the production of a dissertation in late September. Each module will be assessed by a combination of course work and examination. The examination paper will administered at the end of this period.