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Earth Futures: Environments, Communities, Relationships MSc

University of Glasgow

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

The Masters in Earth Futures is an interdisciplinary programme that bridges knowledge across the social and physical sciences. It aims to equip students with the expertise, experience and skills to tackle the environmental and societal challenges of sustainable development in the anthropocene. Through a compulsory placement module, students will develop practical experience of working in social and environmental governance, activist and community sectors. This will be supported by research-led teaching covering key global challenges and ethical imperatives in sustainable community and environmental development.


  • This programme offers a compulsory work-placement that will expose you to scenarios where you must understand and communicate complex information, deal with change, handle relationships, manage projects, and work with vulnerable communities – providing a thorough grounding and springboard into a professional career.
  • Glasgow is the base for a number of internationally and nationally significant NGOs and development charities, such as Oxfam, British Red Cross, Scottish Refugee Council, RSPB, Friends of the Earth and WaterAid, and a wide range of grassroots community initiatives.
  • A specifically designed, truly interdisciplinary programme lead by world-leading physical and social scientists within the School designed to address the complex challenges highlighted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • A curriculum that encompasses key global challenges and ethical imperatives in sustainable community and environmental development, designed to foster critical thinking and prepare students to forge new spaces, impacts and modes of communities that are less stressed and more caring.
  • A series of carefully designed, well-paced, innovative continuous assessments, including writing professional reports, guided statistical modelling, vlogs and a funded, student-led conference to publicly showcase your work and develop your ability to manage budgets, organise events and communicate effectively.


This programme is ‘challenge-led’ and interdisciplinary, equipping students with skills to work across sectors to address global emergencies. Students will gain the required knowledge, skills and experience to work in a range of positions in environmental and social sectors.

Through the placement and integrated project work, aligned to specific graduate attributes, you will be well qualified for positions in:

  • Environmental governance
  • International non-governmental organisations
  • Charities
  • Corporate, social & environmental responsibility

Application deadline

29 August 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 23,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University of Glasgow

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  • Campus address

    University of Glasgow, The Fraser Building, 65 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G12 8QQ, Scotland

A wide range of international scholarships are available including International Excellence scholarships and postgraduate awards.
Meet students from across the university with over 250 clubs and societies available – ranging from international student societies to the Harry Potter society.
Pre-sessional English language provision available prior to starting university, and English language support options throughout the duration of study.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 71 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    182 91%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68.0 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%



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