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Placements and business projects

ECCI matches Masters and PhD students with start-ups, SMEs and third sector organisations.

Working with the University of Edinburgh and partner organisations, we help facilitate long and short-term placements across sectors in industry, policy and third-sector settings.

Could your start-up, SME or third sector organisation benefit from the expert research or consultancy skills a student placement can provide?

Are you a student or professional looking for opportunies?

Explore our annual placement opportunities below, or get in touch with ECCI Project Officer Kristin Hopfe to enquire about a specific programme.

Masters programmes

One of the many strengths of our Masters programmes is how we bring together learners with practitioners to share skills and experience and work on real climate problems through partnership dissertations.

We host a range of postgraduate courses at ECCI, designed to help build a low carbon society. Our hub is home to around 200 Masters students, studying everything from carbon management to environmental sustainability.

"Taking on a Masters student to deliver a project for your organisation is a great way to bring the very latest climate knowledge into your team.” ECCI Co-director, Dr Kate Crowley

The online Carbon Management MSc is a ground-breaking development of our award-winning campus-based programme, providing students worldwide with high-level knowledge, skills and training in the business, economics and science of carbon management.

SAGES & NERC industry and policy placements

Since 2017, ECCI has worked with SAGES - a multi-disciplinary alliance that promotes collaboration between top earth and environmental researchers - and the Natural Environment Reserach Council (NERC) to offer pioneering career enhancement opportunities for PhD students.

The programmes are at the forefront of bringing academia, business and policy makers together to tackle global environmental challenges, linking students with relevant host organisations for short and longer term opportunities ranging from two weeks to 6 months.

A range of business, third and public sector organisations, working in priority areas of interest for SAGES and NERC, are matched with PhD students to work together on meaningful consultancy projects.

Find out more about NERC E3/E4 DTP placements, from the 2-week annual placement scheme part-managed by ECCI, to the 3-month student led placement scheme, available throughout the year.

Check out some recent case studies below and explore the work of SAGES at the link above.

Climate Solutions MOOC

The Climate Solutions course is designed and delivered by award-winning climate change experts and educators, including ECCI's director Professor Dave Reay. It tackles the biggest challenge of our time – climate change – by giving learners the knowledge and tools we need to make a real difference. Designed to be accessible and engaging throughout, it provides the facts about what climate change is, and the solutions you need to know so you can be part of fighting it.

Climate Solutions: India

On this five-week course, launched in November 2021, students gain the knowledge and tools they need to make a real difference and help tackle climate change, specifically focusing on India.