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Circular Economy

Circular Economy

Circular Economy


The circular economy is a way of thinking, researching and acting on climate change. A ‘circular economy’ means moving away from the world’s current, predominantly wasteful economic model where resources are extracted, manufactured, used, and discarded to one where waste is designed out and products and materials kept in use for as long as possible. Beyond the need for design innovations, a circular economy also means investigating how to change the way we consume and use goods and services, both locally and globally.

On this interdisciplinary programme, you will have the opportunity gain skills and knowledge of circular economy in order to support communities, businesses, and policymakers to create a more sustainable and equitable future.

The core courses will focus on both practical and theoretical approaches to:

  • the fundamentals of a circular economy, including foundational literature and concepts
  • designing for a circular economy
  • the circular economy business perspective
  • the evolving field of circular economy
  • responsiveness to the climate and environmental crisis

You will be able to shape your learning to meet your own interests and objectives, particularly through option course selection and your final project. This programme offers lots of opportunities to think differently, examine our finite global resources in the context of our changing world and society, and to act as an agent of change.

This programme is aimed at recent graduates and early-to mid-career professionals from across the globe, and from a wide range of backgrounds and skill sets. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you will be able to explore and nurture your ideas for disrupting the status quo and rethink how we currently design, make, and use resources in the world. The programme is designed to support student entrepreneurship, with an opportunity for you to explore your own circular business ideas through course work and the final project.

Online. On campus. Fusion.

This programme is available full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. You can register for a full MSc, a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

Our teaching model allows choice as to how you study – with options to study online or on-campus at the level of each individual course. Please note, we may not always be able to guarantee your first choice of study mode for every course you take. International students coming to Edinburgh on a study visa, are required to take all their courses on-campus due to immigration restrictions.

If you are planning to study mostly or completely on-campus follow the ‘Find out more about on-campus study’ link below. If you wish to study mostly online, follow the ‘Find out more about online study’ link.

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