M.Sc. On Campus

Energy, Society and Sustainability

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
29900 GBP/year
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This Energy, Society and Sustainability programme at The University of Edinburgh equips you with an understanding of how different societies can address the challenge of balancing energy with sustainability. It brings together a social, political, economic, and environmental understanding of low-carbon technologies.


How do we achieve energy security, energy justice and environmental sustainability across different contexts, timescales, places and people?

This question we all face is the ‘energy trilemma’.

With the Energy, Society and Sustainability programme at The University of Edinburgh, you can explore these challenges affecting our world today and in the future.

Energy - at the heart of sustainability

Energy comes in many forms. First, its availability in the landscape, such as coal, wind or the sun, must be transformed into electricity. It is then carried in pipes and grids to where it is needed to power our everyday lives.

All this takes materials and has an economic, environmental and human cost. Yet, energy is essential to everyday human life and at the heart of sustainability. To address global climate change, the world needs a fast but fair transition to a low-carbon society.

Scotland and Edinburgh are prime contexts in which to investigate such dynamics. Scotland is a world leader in renewable electricity generation. It has a history of hydroelectricity and North Sea oil and a future in tide and wave energy. However, it also has high levels of energy poverty, a challenge faced by many.

Career opportunities

Demand has never been higher for sound evidence on behavioural change, public engagement with energy issues and public support for community and commercial investments in low-carbon energy generation.

The MSc will enable you to translate complex social and technical issues into effective arguments, policies and innovative business opportunities.

We are committed to helping you meet prospective employers and network with those active in the field. Our network is comprised of many organisations seeking graduates who possess the skills gained in our MSc programme. We have links with government departments, energy-relevant NGOs, and key industry players from community energy organisations to start-up renewable energy companies.

We also organise careers events and encourage dissertations conducted in partnership with external organisations.

Programme Structure

This MSc programme comprises:

  • compulsory and option courses
  • dissertation

Throughout your studies, we will work with you to prepare you for the dissertation project. This will be your opportunity to explore a topic of your choice in relation to the programme and prepare a dissertation that you can use to demonstrate your work to potential employers.

Part-time study

As we are committed to helping people into education while continuing to work or managing family and personal commitments, you may study this programme part-time.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are 3 application rounds.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
  • We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant work experience, a strong personal statement and supportive reference.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    29900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Home fees have still to be agreed

Part-time fees 2 years / year 

    • International/EU: £14,950

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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