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Applied Earth System Sciences MSc

Heriot-Watt University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Edinburgh Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

The MSc in Applied Earth System Science is designed to equip the next generation of Earth and Environmental Science graduates and professionals with the multidisciplinary skills needed to tackle complex global issues associated with climate change and societal challenges. The course provides the highly integrated level of fundamental, applied and communication-based knowledge which is needed to identify, characterise, and effectively communicate these challenges. From a basic understanding of how the planet works as a holistic unit to socio-economic interactions between business and the environment, including the ability to communicate this knowledge to a broad spectrum of academic researchers, policy-makers and the general public. Students will have the opportunity to perform their dissertation projects in collaboration with one of several world-leading research organisations (e.g. British Geological Survey (BGS), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)). Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.

This course is designed to lead to career opportunities for academic earth system and environmental scientists (e.g. future PhD students, University Staff), non-academic environmental researchers (e.g. BGS, CEH, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), British Antarctic Survey (BAS)), industrial and political stakeholders (e.g. Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)), Environmental Agency (EA), Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), environmental consultants, Scottish and UK government departments, (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair (DEFRA), Department for International Development (DFID)) and their consultants (e.g. Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe)), all dealing with fundamental scientific knowledge, its practical application and development of environmental policy and regulation. International equivalents of such organisations include examples such as NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US), WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, US), NIO (National Institute of Oceanography, India), CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia) and GEOMAR (Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany). These include both national and international employment opportunities and hence the graduates from this program will have global employment and career opportunities.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,800per year

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University information

Heriot-Watt University

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    Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 4AS, Scotland

Highly regarded around the world with a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical and life sciences.
Culturally diverse, warm and welcoming, Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's most international universities with a global footprint.
Global companies actively seek out Heriot-Watt graduates due to the nature of the university's research-informed education.

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