M.Sc. Carbon Capture & Storage

The University of Edinburgh

Tuition fee:
  • £ 9,300 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 20,550 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The University of Edinburgh is home to the first Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Masters programme in the UK. It has two streams, designed to be suitable for students with differing career aims and backgrounds.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has been increasingly recognised as a technology option that could be critical to avoiding dangerous climate change. Commercial-scale demonstration projects are being considered across the world and a number of companies in a broad range of industrial sectors are developing increasingly large teams of people to develop and deliver these projects.

On 30 October 2012 the UK Government short listed four bids for the next phase of the UKs £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage competition.

The UK Government is committed to providing funding to support the development of CCS technology.

Stream 1 - Carbon Capture & Storage
Geological reservoirs are vital for the hydrocarbon industry, drinking water supply and geological carbon storage. The first stream of the Edinburgh CCS Masters programme provides training in reservoir geology, and an overview of geological carbon storage including capture and economic aspects. It is designed for science graduates in Engineering or Geoscience related subjects seeking an advanced academic qualification as a launch pad for careers in the business, industry and government in the field of low carbon energy production and hydrocarbon production.

Programme Objectives

Formation and evolution of geological reservoirs for geological carbon storage, the hydrocarbon industry and drinking water supply.

Key carbon capture and storage techniques and technologies through the entire CCS supply chain (capture, transport, storage, monitoring).

Development of conceptual and analytical skills to enable critical evaluation of projected reservoir utilisation.

Enable dialogue with specialists in the complex CCS supply chain, such as geoscientists, engineers, regulators.

Understanding of environmental and economic issues surrounding hydrocarbons and CCS.

Completion of a tailored research project of a standard suitable for publication in the peer-reviewed literature, to provide graduates with high-level experience in the exploitation of geological reservoirs.

Stream 2 - Carbon Capture & Storage Engineering
The second stream aims to develop understanding of the technology, processes, economics and policy that underpin CCS with a particular focus on the carbon capture part of the CCS chain. This stream is designed for graduates in engineering and physical sciences, allowing them to acquire the necessary skills to accelerate their career into the rapidly expanding industry of low-carbon energy production from fossil fuel through CCS, but will also provide an excellent opportunity to pursue a career in the conventional power generation sector.

Global Environment and Society Academy
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment and Society Academy.


Both MSc streams have two semesters of lectures and practical classes, followed by a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Stream 1: Carbon Capture and Storage
This stream gives you interdisciplinary skills across the entire field of CCS.

The compulsory courses are:

* Carbon Economics
* Carbon Capture and Transport
* Carbon Storage and Monitoring
* Reservoir Engineering

You also choose from a wide range of optional geoscience courses. Geology for Earth Resources is mandatory if you do not have a degree in geoscience.

Stream 2: Carbon Capture and Storage Engineering
This stream develops your understanding of carbon capture with a focus on engineering. This stream is particularly designed for graduates in engineering and physical sciences.

The compulsory courses are:

* Engineering Aspects of CO2 Capture and Transport
* Geology for Earth Resources
* Thermodynamics for Power Plant Engineering with CO2 Capture
* CCS Group Design Project
* Separation Processes for Carbon Capture
* Advanced Power Plant Engineering with Carbon Capture
* CCS Systems and Economics
* Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
* Geological Carbon Storage

You also choose two optional courses from the School of Engineering.


The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in an engineering or geosciences subject for the Carbon Capture and Storage programme, and in engineering or physical sciences for the Carbon Capture and Storage Engineering programme. Evidence of numeracy is also required.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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