This programme examines the social, political and cultural implications of environmental science and technology. You will learn to assess scientific and technological innovations as potential solutions to environmental issues.
- This programme addresses the wider social and political dimensions behind our scientific and technological choices concerning the environment, using a global approach
- We provide interdisciplinary teaching, combining solutions from science and engineering with the sensitivities of sociology, history, ethics and politics
- Our programme has an applied focus, and features a programme of guest speakers from relevant fields.
- The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is one of the UK’s foremost centres of expertise in interdisciplinary environmental teaching and research.
- Teaching is closely linked with the Solway Centre for Environment & Culture, a research centre providing opportunity for further research and collaboration.
- Dumfries & Galloway, in south west Scotland, is an excellent location for environmental study and research. The modern campus is ideally situated in proximity to a natural living laboratory, relevant non-governmental organisations, renewable energy companies and a range of partnership organisations.
This programme trains professionals, decision-makers and students in the social implications of environmental issues, particularly in relation to technologies as potential solutions. It focuses on responsible innovation.
Teaching is through a combination of methods including lectures, seminars, case studies and a programme of guest speakers. You will have the opportunity to study alongside students on related postgraduate programmes.
- Environment, technology and society
- Environmental communication
- Environmental ethics and behavioural change
- Environmental politics and society.
You will also complete a dissertation.
You will choose up to two from
- Climate change: impacts on ecology
- Reading the environment: modern and contemporary nature writing
- Tourism, sustainability and climate change
- Writing the environment: old and new world romanticisms.
Other optional courses are available via schools at the Gilmorehill campus.
'Very interesting subject matter taught very well for those new to ethical studies.'
'The global perspective as well as the scientific and technological dimensions of history provided me with a very generous framework for a better understanding of environmental issues, concerns, ideologies, etc.'
'I find the contents very relevant to the professional environment that I have experienced.'
'The subject was completely new to me and was very stimulating. Liked the "mini" assignments. Good teaching styles and very well informed lecturers - very approachable.'
'This course focussed on practical application which was fantastic.'
'This course challenged everything I thought about technology. The course encouraged me to extend my knowledge about how to think about society.'
'The discussions and examples given are efficiently illustrated and... relevant to media.
'I got exposed to a field that made me think. Persuasion is a topic I never would have read on my own. I learnt more about carbon capture and carbon management and the fact that in my career in the field of Sustainable Energy I would need to make a lot of ethical choices.'
'Flip teaching was great...allowed for time during class for discussion and deeper learning.'
'Enriched my ability to analyze and be critical of socio-technical trends.'
'Learn[ed] what ethical implications there are in sustainable energy solutions or carbon management... Learning about behaviour and persuasion is also very significant in this engineering field because of the common NIMBY phenomenon.'
'It has really changed the way I view the world and I'm so glad I had the chance to take this course.'
'I had a better understanding of the role of ethics in environmental decision-making. I liked the weekly homework. It helped with research, reading, developing personal views and understanding the course.'
'I liked the discussions and I had the feeling that it was always open and honest.'
'Made me think in ways that I hadn't previously done.'
'Particularly liked the Problem-Based Learning component.'
'Everyone should take this course.'
for entry in 2015
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
Candidates should have a prior degree in science, engineering, social science or humanities.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should
contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who
offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: email@example.com
Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)
|Home and EU|
|Full time fee||£6800|
|Part time 20 credits||£756|
|Full time fee||£14500|
As a graduate you will be able to pursue careers in technology assessment, environmental management and policy making and analysis with government agencies, environmental consultancies, and private companies. The degree also aims to empower active citizens by providing the skills and understandings to underpin successful environmental campaigns. The degree is also an excellent first step toward a PhD in topics related to the wider implications of our environmental and societal choices.
We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.
You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.
Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?
Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.
Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?
No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.
What documents do I need to provide to make an application?
As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?
Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.
How do I provide my references?
You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?
If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.
You may send them to:
Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Fax: +44 141 330 4045
Can I email my supporting documents?
No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.
What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?
You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.
What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?
If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.
- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
- References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.
Standard application deadlines
- International applications (non-EU) 24 July 2015
- UK and EU applications 28 August 2015
(with the exception of those programmes offering SFC funded places)
Classes start September 2015 for most programmes and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.