Motivation and understanding of this degree is an important factor in securing admission. Your personal statement/statement of purpose should focus on covering the following points:
- clear understanding of the degree and its underlying principles
- previous relevant experience in relation to conservation, environmental partnerships or sustainability
- information on how the degree will help with future career development
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
2:2 (Honours) degree in Agriculture, Business, Ecology, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Environmental Economics, Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Geography, Geology, Law, Marine Science, Planning, Politics, Sociology, Soil Science, Zoology.
Candidates with degrees in other subject areas will be considered if they can demonstrate interest, aptitude and experience in a field relevant to the application of environmental studies and management and/or have experience in data analysis.
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English Language Requirements
To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
Read more about specific English Language requirements here.
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Graduates of this programme will possess analytical, interdisciplinary and problem-solving skills that are in high demand from all employers, from the largest global corporations to small community based organisations.
Consultants from businesses, government development agencies and NGOs who were engaged in drawing up the programme said:
- “I am very impressed by the breadth of topics and skills, and the fact that they are so clearly interlinked.”
- “...the new MSc looks really interesting and very pertinent in all sorts of ways. Nothing I do now can really be effective without partnership.”
- “Partnerships or what we call ‘alliance building’ is an important part of our organisation’s work – so I can see the merit of an academic course directed specially at this”
- “I like the way in which the MSc complements technical environmental knowledge by providing participations with the skills they need to engage with the wider world and ... to function as a manager”
"Over the placement Marnie was efficient, diligent and professional. By being thorough in an approach to work and conscientious in planning the outputs were far beyond expectation and will be of real benefit to the development of the project. In addition Marnie was a pleasure to work with, enthusiastic and a real credit to the University."
MSc project with Aberdeen City Council, Planning & Sustainable Development