Global Environment, Politics and Society at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

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Course summary

The Global Environment, Politics and Society (GEPS) programme offers interdisciplinary exploration and immersion in social scientific inquiry used to understand and address environmental issues. Students have a great amount of latitude to design their own course of interest, and can take many methodological, disciplinary, and integrative approaches. The core coursework combines the following:

  • environmental politics
  • environmental sociology
  • normative philosophy
But many students engage with a range of other social science disciplines as well. Students take coursework from fields across the University. Understanding issues such as climate change, sustainable development and biodiversity requires knowledge about the political, moral and societal dimensions of environmental problems and solutions. The Global Environment, Politics and Society degree provides a social science-based, practice-oriented exploration of these global environmental challenges and solutions. Prospective applicants should note that whilst we broadly focus on social sciences, and this can stretch beyond the disciplines listed above, our particular programme does not focus on economics, business, or finance. There are other strong programmes in these areas at the University of Edinburgh. In the GEPS programme, students will develop the knowledge and analytical tools to address questions such as:
  • Are meaningful environmental agreements possible in a system of sovereign states?
  • Is the environment more than an economic resource for human exploitation?
  • What drives groups, individuals or institutions to take action on environmental issues?
  • What is the effect of such mobilisation?
  • What does environmental justice look like and to what extent is it achievable, and how?
Students on this programme can also take advantage of the many climate and sustainability activities offered by the University's Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department and new Earth Initiative.


See our website for detailed programme information.

Entry requirements

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Global Environment, Politics and Society at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS