• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Training in theory and critical analysis along with practical skills to facilitate the transformations needed to deliver secure low carbon futures.

Sustainability has emerged as one of the defining issues of the 21st century. Achieving enduring and fairer societies requires viable economies, sound science and good governance.  This course provides training in theory and critical analysis along with the practical skills to facilitate the transformations needed to deliver secure low carbon futures.

The MSc in Sustainability is being introduced in recognition of the grand challenges of water, food, energy and health security facing the planet. The portfolio of environmental disciplines is exceptionally strong in the University as are its traditions of cross-disciplinary collaboration and cooperation.

Along with the flagship MSc in Sustainability, there are three specialised pathways:  

  • MSc in Sustainability and Water Security
  • MSc in Sustainability and the Green Economy
  • MSc in Sustainability: Climate Change and Low Carbon Futures

The University of Dundee includes both the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law Policy and the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (under the auspices of UNESCO) both of which have long standing international reputations. Specialist high-level speakers sourced from international organisations are invited to present throughout the year, these sessions provide a vital opportunity for students to become connected with industry so continued communication is encouraged after the events.

CECHR similarly have an extended programme of guest lectures and speakers and through xcechr there are multiple events bringing Masters and PhD students together by a common interest in environmental change research. Examples of the activities that result include Student-Supervisor-Seminar-Series, ‘change-maker workshops’ and a national show-case ‘Facing the Future’ Symposium.

Who should study this course?

This course is suitable for a wide range of graduates from;

  • environmental backgrounds (e.g. geography, planning, environmental studies) looking to upskill and achieve a deeper understanding
  • natural science graduates (e.g. chemistry, maths) and engineers looking to develop a more rounded understanding of environmental issues, especially in relation to regulation and policy
  • arts and social science students wishing to use their social, economic and political perspectives to take on the challenges associated with complex environmental systems and their management.

Meet our MSc Sustainability students

"MSc Sustainability is made up of only five and a half students, but its small size is a big reason why I love this unique program."


  • Hello. I'm Courtney.

    MSc Sustainability,
    University of Dundee

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