Your chance to play a vital role to protect and conserve the environment starts here.

Our actions have had and continue to have a significant impact on our planet:

  • the use of natural resources,
  • deforestation
  • soil erosion
  • the release of pollutants and pathogens
  • invasive species
  • the increase in greenhouse gases

These human impacts 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 but 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.

Study Details:

1 year full time, 2-3 years part time

Module Details:

You must take these courses
Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
Land Use/Environmental Interactions
Dissertation – Environmental Protection & Management
Professional and Research Skills in Practice
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Environment

Programme Funding

Please visit

Student Destinations

Our graduates have a strong record of finding employment in the environmental sector around the world.

Global climate change, our growing population and unprecedented consumption of finite resources are rising higher and higher on the political agenda across the world.

Graduates with the knowledge to apply the principles of effective management of limited resources with the protection of our fragile environment are in high demand to find answers and solutions to problems such as:

  • reducing environmental footprints
  • deforestation, pollution
  • soil erosion
  • natural resource management
  • and more.

In particular, addressing such issues requires graduates who can take a holistic and flexible approach to problem-solving, often working with or across other disciplines.

You could be working in roles such as:

  • environmental protection officer
  • lecturer
  • policy officer
  • planning consultant
  • scientific publisher
  • catchment management officer
  • ecological/environmental consultant

There are also many consultancy opportunities with environmental regulators, governments, non-government organisations (NGOs) and private environmental consultancies.

You can also progress to further research and academia.

Recent PhD subjects pursued include:

  • carbon sequestration by agriculture
  • air pollution modelling
  • human-wildlife conflicts
  • use of UAV (drones) in environmental monitoring
  • Arctic ocean circulation systems

Our graduates

Examples of the organisations our graduates have gained employment with include:

  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Talisman Energy
  • Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
  • Vegware
  • Tearfund
  • Global Green Growth Institute
  • Water Witness International
  • IUCN
  • Veolia UK


Please see our website

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological science, environmental science, physical science, geography, engineering, economics or other relevant subject.

We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant industry experience.

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website Add to Compare List

Key Information

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website

Add to Compare List

University Hub

Edinburgh, The University of

More Information