MSc Environmental Sustainability

Postgraduate, Part-time

Whether you’re an engineer, architect, lawyer or accountant, studying this course will give you the qualifications you need for a career in the sustainability sector.

  • Napier code:

    52742MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

This course takes an industry-focused approach, with particular application to buildings, property development, sustainable technologies as well as the waste and water sectors.

Part-time study is flexible. Normally students will take three years to complete the programme if they undertake one module per week but the length of the course can be reduced to two years, if two modules are taken each week. Many part-time students undertake projects in their place of work.


environmental sustainability

Extremely relevant in today’s climate-aware world, this course is aimed at graduates from a wide range of disciplines.

Explore national and international environmental legal principles, opening the door to a possible career in sustainability-based projects worldwide.

You will also graduate with the ability to analyse and plan environmental sustainability solutions, particularly relating to buildings, property, waste and water. You will develop your communication skills, and be able to exchange theory and ideas on a wide range of sustainability issues.

Subjects include

  • Sustainable energy technologies
  • Renewable energy finance and environmental law
  • Sustainable building design
  • Waste management
  • Sustainable water resources management
  • Choice of: integrated management systems, sustainable urban property development or building performance 3
  • MSc project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

You will be well-placed to take on an analytical or developmental position in any company or institution that incorporates an aspect of environmental sustainability, such as:

Career opportunities

  • construction contractors
  • consulting engineers
  • quantity surveyors
  • architects
  • local and central government
  • housing associations
  • management consultants
  • manufacturers
  • service sector organisations


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme, however sufficient mathematical ability is required.

This course is broad based and targeted at a diverse student body, including civil engineers, electrical engineers, building services engineers, mechanical engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, lawyers, accountants, estate managers, etc.

Candidates from all backgrounds seeking to gain an understanding of sustainable development are encouraged to apply.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

English language requirements


If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£570
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £350
Overseas-Taught modules *£1,893 *£1,893
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,262 £1,262
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 120 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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