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While the ESI is an institute built around research, education plays an important role in what we do. Our staff’s roles in TEF Gold level teaching and world class research have a symbiotic relationship, each feeding and benefiting the other.

Academics from the ESI teach onto over 70 modules across the Penryn Campus. These include degree and post-graduate taught courses across Mathematics, Politics, Biosciences, Business, Geography, and Renewable Energy 

The ESI leads on five of the University’s interdisciplinary Masters programmes:

MSc Sustainable Development

The MSc in Sustainable Development takes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to exploring the economic, environmental, and social issues surrounding sustainability policy. It takes a practical and problem-based approach to learning, focusing on both the study of sustainable development and its implementation in a range of professional contexts. It balances theory and its application to explore the outcomes of recent policy making, engaging in applied analysis of international policies, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Optional modules allow students to cover wider debates in fields of change, energy, human health, wellbeing and environmental governance.

MSc Conservation Science and Policy

This interdisciplinary programme examines both scientific and policy-oriented aspects of conservation and explores how conservation goals may be achieved under climate change scenarios, in combination with food security requirements, while taking social justice issues into account. Fundamentally, the ethos of the programme is that successful conservation depends on understanding both wildlife and people. The programme has been designed in consultation with multiple external conservation agencies to ensure training that maximises graduate employability. It is delivered by internationally-recognised experts with input from conservation practitioners.

MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

Climate change and the need to manage diminishing fossil fuel reserves are two of the biggest challenges facing the planet and it is widely accepted that we must act now to reduce energy consumption, switch to renewable energy sources and substantially cut greenhouse gases. This requires Renewable Energy Engineers with the right interdisciplinary skillset to pioneer the design, building and management of its infrastructure. Drawing upon our particular research strengths in marine, solar and wind based generation alongside specialist modules in energy storage, this programme prepares students for a career in a variety of energy-related roles across the sector.

MSc in Mining Environmental Management

Mining is necessary for the production of goods, for economic growth and employability, but in many cases it comes with an environmental cost. The work of geoscientists with specialist knowledge in theory and technologies in environmental management before, during and after mining is essential for reducing the impacts of this cost.

This MSc programme provides students with training in the management, remediation and mitigation of the environmental impacts of mining.

Most high-grade orebodies have already been exploited, and contemporary mining focuses on the extraction of lower-grade ores with higher volumes of wastes. Trained geoscientists are needed to help mining companies and governments carry out mining as sustainably as possible, and to protect the environment from its potentially negative impacts.

MRes Sustainable Futures

The MRes in Sustainable Futures seeks to produce a new generation of researchers who can address the pressing social issues of sustainability in the face of a growing global population and rapid environmental change. Through a broad interdisciplinary approach, gain an understanding of the economics, law, politics and psychology of sustainability, as well as the geography and demographics of those affected. The programme will prepare you for a career as a professional researcher, in either academic or non-academic environments, with core training in interdisciplinary social scientific philosophy, epistemology, methodology and analysis. Through a range of optional modules you will apply key concepts and skills to contemporary topics of enquiry in sustainable futures.

See how the ESI supports Interdisciplinarity for Students and Early Career Researchers.

Click here for a list of current opportunities within the ESI.