From the biodiversity crisis to the climate crisis, to the question of managing economies during a global pandemic - the topic of sustainability has never been more pressing.
The MSc Ecological Economics prepares you to contribute to solving sustainability problems by focusing on the intersection between the environment, the economy and economic decision-making. The programme aims to equip you with a new way of seeing the world, and to empower you to analyse how the economy and economic decisions affect our ability to progress towards a more sustainable future.
What will I learn?
The interdisciplinary nature of the programme links environmental, social and economic systems together, and focuses on the mutual dependences between them.
You will participate in sustainability problem-solving with an emphasis on application, practical experience and ‘hands-on’ learning.
You will experience training in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and the associated data analysis, using real-world case studies.
During the annual study tour, you will implement a small research project designed collaboratively with staff members in response to real-world sustainability problems, providing you with first-hand experiences conducting the work of an ecological economist.
Graduates of the MSc Ecological Economics have historically been in high demand.
Our graduates are working in a variety of sectors, including:
- environmental consultancies
- international and governmental agencies
- non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- financial institutions
- environmental education and research
Additionally, around a quarter of our Masters students eventually go on to doctoral research programmes.
Examples of the organisations our graduates have gained employment with include:
- New Economics Foundation
- UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
- Centre for European Policy Studies
- Delta Energy and the Environment
- Octopus Energy
- LTS International
- World Wildlife Federation (WWF)
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Department for Environment
- Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
- Conservation International
- EDF Energy
- Scottish Water
- Golder Associates Peru
- University of Leeds
- Price Waterhouse Coopers
- the Uganda Carbon Bureau
This MSc programme comprises:
- compulsory and option courses
Throughout the programme, your teaching team will work with you to prepare for the dissertation project. This will be your opportunity to explore a topic of your choice in relation to ecological economics.
You will experience a range of teaching styles while you are studying, depending on the subject matter and courses you are taking.
Courses can be delivered through a mix of teaching and learning styles including:
- short field trips
- longer field courses
Please view each relevant course for teaching and assessment methods.
Changes to teaching and learning
We are committed to offering a high-quality education to all our students. Please be advised that there may be changes to course options and delivery, including due to Covid-19.
Changes to how we deliver teaching and learning experiences will be made to safeguard the health and safety of our students, staff and community, and to ensure we can maintain the highest standards for educational experience.
Although we endeavour to provide a wide range of optional courses to choose from, these can be subject to change or cancellation at short notice.
Places on optional courses can be limited, due to course capacity and timetabling constraints. It may not be possible to guarantee every offer holder their top choice of optional courses.