MSc Applied Earth System Sciences

MSc Applied Earth System Sciences

Master degree
12 months
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: £20,760
Domestic tuition: £8,448

Program overview

Our learning environment seeks to offer you the very best in terms of study programmes which apply knowledge to real world challenges. We are ranked 302nd worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018/19) and 35th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2020). We are top 10 in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact (REF 2014). You can take advantage of opportunities to transfer your study to campuses in Dubai and Malaysia through our Go Global inter campus exchange programme. We are one of Scotland's most international universities, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet the world at our UK campuses. The very nature of a Heriot-Watt research-informed education, underpinned by our values, ensures you will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and confidence to be specialists in your chosen fields and professions. Global companies actively seek out our graduates as they are work ready. This is why more than 95% of our students are in graduate-level jobs or further study six months after completing their programme. When you join Heriot-Watt you become part of a global family. We have over 116,000 alumni worldwide. The Watt Club was founded in 1854 and is the oldest graduate club in the UK. Lifetime membership is automatic upon graduation from Heriot-Watt, and is free to all graduates of the University.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
Masters (MSc) level entry applicants must have one of the following: Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a related subject area. For postgraduate conversion courses, non-related degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered

Career opportunities

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.

Campus location

Edinburgh , United Kingdom

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