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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


MSc in Global Environment, Politics and Society

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The application deadline for this programme will be 6 July 2020.

2020: We've updated our list of career destinations of recent GEPS graduates.  To find out what are alumni are doing, go to 'What can I do with a GEPS degree?'

Message from the Programme Directors 

Welcome to Global Environment, Politics and Society: this is your opportunity to understand and evaluate global environmental challenges from a political, moral and societal perspective. It is taught by research-driven experts in the field, in one of the most vibrant intellectual cities in the world.   GEPS is a truly interdisciplinary degree, combining environmental politics and environmental sociology with normative philosophy. As such, it provides a uniquely comprehensive social scientific perspective on global environmental issues such as climate change, sustainable development, energy, and biodiversity.  The degree combines theoretical rigour with a practice-orientated approach. It gives students the option of specializing in one of three core areas (politics, society, ethics), and the chance to apply to do a Placement-Based Dissertation or a conventional research dissertation. The blend of theory and practice will leave graduates equipped for careers in environmental politics, research or advocacy, or ready to pursue postdoctoral research.   We're delighted to offer this exciting degree, and hope you will enjoy browsing the microsite. Just click on the tabs to the left for further information on the aims, structure, career prospects, teaching staff, and how to apply.  We'd also be happy to answer any specific questions about the programme, the wider graduate school, university or city.
Prof Elizabeth Bomberg ( / @eebomberg)  (photo on left);   Dr Liz Cripps ( twitter: @ebcripps)(photo on right, currently on research leave). 

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How to Apply

Guidance on how to apply and entry requirements, as well as Scholarship information is available on the Graduate School website. Please feel free to contact the Programme Director with any further queries.

Fees and Scholarships

  • Full fees information, including part time fees, is available here.
  • Information on how to pay is available here.
  • Information on funding and scholarships is here.

Bologna Compatibility

Like all University of Edinburgh Masters programmes, the degree is fully Bologna compatible, and is recognised across Europe and beyond under the principles of the Bologna framework. The programme comprises 180 Edinburgh credits, which are equivalent to 90 ECTS credits.


Edinburgh4Learning offers an intuitive and easy to use funding information tool which allows students to search using a series of handy drop-down lists. Students can access the Edinburgh4Learning portal direct from the Scholarships and Student Funding Services website. Registration requires a valid university of Edinburgh e-mail address and in a matter of moments students can access numerous funding opportunities to help them during their studies.

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