Sustainability and the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

Learn about the principles of sustainability, its impact, and its success in policy application at international, national, and local levels

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Key Facts



(MSc) Sustainability and the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy


Degree Duration

12 months


Pathways Available

Pre-Master's open_in_new

15 months :

3 months pathway + 1 year degree

18 months :

6 months pathway + 1 year degree


Start Dates

January | September

Degree Overview

Explore the relationship between energy, environment, and climate change and how they relate to sustainability throughout all sectors in society.

This course gives you insights and skills in key areas of transition, such as energy, mining, agriculture, waste management, and the reduction of plastics in the circular economy. You will study the law, policy, and economics of energy transition across the energy cycle.

You’ll learn about:

  • The promotion of renewable energy forms and the ways to reduce carbon emissions from conventional and unconventional fossil fuels
  • The social dimension of the transition to cleaner energy, which must deliver access for all, be socially just, and fair for all countries
    environmentally and socially sustainable mining in producer countries
  • You will develop your ability to analyse, evaluate, and critically review theory and policy debates relating to sustainability.
  • You will be able to draw on international perspectives and examples of best practice in relation to methods of evaluation and assessment of sustainability.
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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

As societies move to become more sustainable and develop low-carbon economies, this course will place you in the fast-growing area of energy, environment, society and governance (EESG) sections of firms.

This course will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to take up a wide range of careers in:policy, practical management and training and research

Your Pathways

The Pre Masters Program will prepare you for the UK, EU or US study system, giving you the confidence and skills that you’ll need to go further in your studies. Depending on your academic qualification and English language level and chosen programme, you can study the IIM over one or two terms.

What’s the difference between the one or two terms?
One Term Two Terms
3 months of study Six months of study
Additional academic English and subject-related support


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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.