Environment, Culture and Society

The University of Edinburgh

Course details

Course description

Our MSc Environment, Culture and Society provides up-to-date knowledge of the contemporary issues and debates on the relationships between the environment, nature, culture and society.

Welcoming students from a variety of backgrounds, this exciting MSc will explore the core perspectives, concepts, and practices from the arts, humanities and social sciences needed to imagine and enact sustainable environmental futures.

You will develop the critical and creative skills and abilities to assess the importance and implications of geographical and other conceptual debates which shape environmental policy and practice.

**Reputation and relevance**
Taught by world-leading experts, the programme draws on expertise from across the University, especially from:

- geography

- social and political studies

- landscape architecture

- literature

- archaeology

- philosophy

- theology

- science and technology studies

- development studies

It provides you with a unique critical and creative perspective on current environmental issues and possible futures.

You will learn to think critically, engage creatively and generate new knowledge related to the environment. In addition, you will be able to use this knowledge effectively to address urgent environmental challenges across a range of specialities such as:

- policy

- conservation

- education

- public consultation

- the arts

**Is the MSc for me?**
The programme's interdisciplinary nature is ideal if you have a background in environmental humanities, social sciences, or creative arts.

It is also suitable if you desire to understand the roots of our current environmental emergency and the possibilities for a better future.

There is a lot of flexibility in the programme, enabling you to customise your learning in areas you are most passionate about. For example, philosophy, policy, creative practice and political action.

This programme is affiliated with a variety of University networks, including:

- School of GeoSciences Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group

- School of GeoSciences Geographies of Social Justice Research Group

- Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network

**Edinburgh Climate Change Institute**
This MSc is associated with the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI).

The ECCI brings together law, business, social science, technology, and policy experts to help develop a low-carbon society.

Through the ECCI, you will have the opportunity to work and network alongside professionals and potential employers within this high-demand field.

**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

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- 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' 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.


  • Cultural studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Geography
  • Ecology
  • Sociology
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Earth sciences
  • Social sciences

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The University of Edinburgh


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Provider website

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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.

Course options

Course details

Part time

1st Sep 2024 to 1st Sep 2026

Cost: Visit the provider's website for details.

Venue details

Central area campus

George Square



Course details

Full time

1st Sep 2024 to 1st Sep 2025

Cost: Visit the provider's website for details.

Venue details

Central area campus

George Square