Carbon Management University of Edinburgh GeoSciences

A key strength of our programme is the employability of our graduates.The programme has won the PricewaterhouseCoopers award for ‘TeachingEmployable Skills’ as well as providing the opportunity to conduct businesscarbon audits, work on placements with major industry groups such asthe 2020 Climate Group, and conduct dissertation research as part ofwork-based projects with a wide range of external collaborators. Our graduates are enjoying roles ranging from government advisers and NGO researchers to renewable energy project developers and commercial carbon management consultants. This programme is also available for part-time studying.

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Are you ready to confront the challenges of the global climate crisis?

Join students from across the globe to tackle the challenges of climate change and create a low-carbon economy.

The MSc Carbon Management will equip you with high-level knowledge and understanding of climate change and how it relates to economics, business, policy, and climate science.

This interdisciplinary programme is fast-paced and dynamic.

Your studies will draw widely on the latest research in the climate change field as well as case studies from Scotland and around the world.

Industry experts, including alumni of the programme, also contribute to the discussions and provide guest lectures.

Throughout this interactive degree, you are encouraged to dive in and join the conversation, participate in group activities, and offer your critical analysis of the topics.

Together, we work to create a culture of positivity in how we think about and act towards the climate crisis challenge.

Is the MSc for me?

The MSc Carbon Management is designed for a diverse range of graduates from the natural, environmental and social sciences, as well as from business, economics, management studies and other related degrees.

This programme is ideal for those who are passionate about combatting climate change and want a career in which they become part of the solution to one of the world’s most complex and greatest challenges.


A key strength of the MSc Carbon Management is the employability of our graduates.

The primary aim of the MSc is to provide businesses, industry, academia and governments with an annual cohort of graduates who have the high-level knowledge necessary to help move the world towards a low-carbon future.

The programme combines the teaching of theory, academic knowledge and understanding with the development of applied and practical skills.

Our graduates have been successful in securing employment in the carbon and climate change sector around the world. Types of roles include:

  • carbon management consultants to companies large and small
  • renewable energy project developers
  • central, regional and local government civil servants delivering a wide range of climate and decarbonisation policies
  • climate policy advisors
  • NGO climate policy researchers and executives
  • climate change adaptation and mitigation specialists
  • PhD researcher and subsequent academic career path

In addition, many alumni have gone on to create their own successful businesses and consultancies.

We have fantastic resources through Edinburgh Innovations to help you successfully nurture your entrepreneurial ideas and launch your own enterprise:

  • Edinburgh Innovations

The MSc in Carbon Management has excellent relationships with relevant employers, as well as an exclusive alumni network on LinkedIn with over 300 members covering more than 30 nations.

This network provides you with unique opportunities to seek out advice from alumni, some of whom have over decades of experience in the job market.

This MSc programme comprises:

  • compulsory and option courses
  • dissertation

Throughout the programme, your teaching team will work with you to prepare for the dissertation project. This will be your opportunity to explore a topic of your choice in relation to climate change and carbon management.

You can even use the dissertation to explore your own business idea for tackling climate change through the business plan dissertation option.

We also work with our wide network to find opportunities for dissertation projects with external organisations, enhancing the real-world relevance of your degree.

Teaching methods

You will experience a range of teaching styles while you are studying, depending on the subject matter and courses you are taking.

Courses can be delivered through a mix of teaching and learning styles including:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • practicals
  • short field trips

Please view each relevant course for teaching and assessment methods.

Changes to teaching and learning

We are committed to offering a high-quality education to all our students. Please be advised that there may be changes to course options and delivery, including due to Covid-19.

Changes to how we deliver teaching and learning experiences will be made to safeguard the health and safety of our students, staff and community, and to ensure we can maintain the highest standards for educational experience.

Although we endeavour to provide a wide range of optional courses to choose from, these can be subject to change or cancellation at short notice.

Places on optional courses can be limited, due to course capacity and timetabling constraints. It may not be possible to guarantee every offer holder their top choice of optional courses.

To study at postgraduate level, you must normally hold a degree in an appropriate subject, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK).

We may also accept equivalent qualifications or work experience.

Specific entry requirements vary between degree programmes and you should confirm you have the necessary qualifications before applying.

You will find the minimum academic entry requirements and more details on your chosen programme in our website.

Voraussetzungen für die Zulassung:
  • Bachelor-Abschluss
  • Gleichwertige Qualifikation
For information on fees for all of our programmes, please visit the Scholarships and Student Funding Services area of our website.
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