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Course summary

Your chance to play a vital role in protecting and conserving the environment starts here. We continue to have a significant impact on our planet through actions such as:

  • the use of natural resources
  • deforestation
  • soil erosion
  • the release of pollutants and pathogens
  • invasive species
  • the increase in greenhouse gases
These are the result of human behavior and are all examples of pressures that have potentially severe consequences for humanity and other life on Earth. The MSc Environmental Protection and Management will give you an in-depth understanding of natural resource management based on a scientific understanding of the issues that is also linked across disciplines. We will equip you with advanced skills and knowledge about the processes that give rise to environmental degradation and the strategies to affect sustainable change. Reputation, relevance and employability Our programme has been successfully delivered for over 25 years and continues to grow from strength to strength. You will be taught by world-leading experts in key fields and benefit from our excellent relationships with industry and relevant employers. Is the MSc for me? This degree is for you if you want to develop or enhance your scientific understanding of environmental issues, but in parallel, learn about complementary and essential disciplinary approaches required for successful environmental management. You may tailor the content of the degree through assessment, course choices and - most importantly - dissertation choice to develop the skills and knowledge desired for different career paths. As a result, students from a variety of backgrounds are attracted to the program. Our diversity will give you exceptional opportunities to learn from one another and become part of a strong and well-developed alumni network around the globe. Scotland's Rural College This programme is delivered in collaboration with Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). You will benefit from being a fully enrolled student at the University of Edinburgh, as well as access to all of the complementary staff, expertise, and resources at SRUC. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded your degree by the University of Edinburgh. What is it really like to study with us? No one knows what it is like to study here better than the students themselves. Our students are sharing their experiences - from studying to living in Edinburgh and everything in between. Get social with us:
  • Student experience blog
  • School of GeoSciences Instagram
  • School of GeoSciences TikTok
When to apply Please note: Due to high demand for this programme, we operate on a series of early application deadlines. We strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. For dates and details, please refer to 'Application Deadlines' and 'How to apply ' on the right panel of this page. You should also avoid applying to more than one degree. Applicants who can demonstrate their understanding and commitment to a specific programme are preferred. If you plan to apply to more than one programme, you should discuss your choices with us before you submit your application. Where possible, we may make an alternative programme offer if you have been unsuccessful in your chosen programme. Accreditation The MSc Environmental Protection and Management through Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), allowing students on this programme to become members. The IES provides access to news about jobs and events, free journal access and free or reduced entry to IES events. Upon completing our MSc programme, you can upgrade for free to become an Associate of the Institution.


See our website for detailed programme information.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

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Environmental Protection and Management at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS