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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, MiningBusiness, Geography, and Renewable Energy 

The ESI leads on nine 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 and for a list of current opportunities within the ESI.

MSc Applied Data Science (Environment and Sustainability)

This programme equips students with an understanding of state-of-the-art modelling and emergent data science techniques, and how to apply these to challenge-led problems focussed on economic, environmental, and societal issues surrounding sustainability practices and policies. The programme is hosted by the Environment and Sustainability Institute, where students are immersed in the institute's cutting-edge research on problems of environmental change, with opportunities to work with industry, charities and the public sector. With key data analytic skills and an understanding of sustainable development principles, two top priorities for many industries and many public and non-governmental organisations, the national and international demand for graduates of this programme will continue to grow.

MSc Applied Data Science and Modelling

This programme provides students with an understanding of and confidence in using real-world data and mathematical models to address the big societal issues of the 21st Century. This is an interdisciplinary and outward facing programme run by the department of Mathematics in collaboration with science and engineering, which will encourage and support students to collaborate with industry, charities or public sector organisations. Through hands-on solution-focussed learning, in collaboration with internationally renowned investigators at the university's Environment and Sustainability Institute, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, and Centre for Ecology and Conservation, students will gain skills and experience and so be able to succeed in the fast growing data analytics sectors, particularly in relation to health, energy and environment challenges.

MSc Applied Data Science (Renewable Energy)

Become immersed in the 'Big Data revolution' and develop state-of-the-art data science and artificial intelligence skills alongside expertise in emerging renewable technologies. This interdisciplinary programme is run jointly by the departments of Mathematics and Renewable Energy. Designed in collaboration with internationally renowned researchers and industrial partners, students will benefit from research-led teaching, practical examples and hands-on activities using modern scientific computing software, the hub for data-intensive science and artificial intelligence provided by the Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, a new state-of-the-art Renewable Energy Engineering Facility, and the interdisciplinary climate of the university's Environment and Sustainability Institute. Graduates will develop sought-after, discipline-transcending skills needed to succeed in the fast growing data analytics sectors, alongside specialist knowledge of value to the growing renewable energy sector.

MSc Applied Data Science (Ecology and Evolution)

Students of this programme develop an expertise of data scientific methods in ecology, evolution, conservation, biodiversity, and epidemiology. This interdisciplinary programme is run jointly by the mathematicians and life scientists from the university's Environment and Sustainability Institute, the Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and the Centre for Ecology and Conservation. Students are exposed to a wide variety of data and data analytics approaches, drawing on cutting-edge and internationally renowned research, and will be supported and encouraged to collaborate with industry, charities, and the public sector. Through hands-on solution-focussed learning, students will gain the skills and experience needed to succeed in the fast growing expansion of data analytics in ecology and evolution.

MSc Pathogen Evolution (starting 2022)

A new MSc programme in Pathogen Evolution will be launched in 2022 at the Penryn campus. This programme will reflect the outstanding and world-class microbiology research ongoing at the Penryn campus and uses a unique evolutionary framework to understand pathogens. The COVID19 pandemic has highlighted the immediate importance of training scientists in understanding the evolutionary processes that underlie pathogen infections, and this programme uniquely fills this void. The programme includes a research project at a Penryn microbiology research group of choice, and taught modules covering evolutionary microbiology, AMR transmission in microbial communities, AMR in the environment, bacteria-phage interactions, advanced statistics, new antimicrobial approaches, genomics of infectious diseases, and molecular and evolutionary aspects of host-pathogen interactions. The target audience for this programme would be a broad range of biology, microbiology and zoology graduates, medical science graduates and health care professionals. Graduates of this programme will be in a strong position to move into PGR studies or into employment in governmental organisations, in medical research laboratories and the NHS, and in industry.