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Economics and Sustainability MSc (with Study Abroad)

Economics and Sustainability MSc (with Study Abroad)

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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Economics Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

Northumbria’s MSc Economics and Sustainability is suitable for those who have a background in economics, as well as those who don’t have a background in economics but wish to follow a career in the field of environmental economics.

Whether you are looking to further specialise and build on previous economic knowledge, or change direction into a new area, studying economics together with sustainability is an emerging field, and one which has excellent employment prospects.

As governments around the world begin to prioritise de-carbonisation and more environmentally friendly ways of meeting their population’s needs, economics is becoming ever more important to environmental policy makers.

When you choose to study Northumbria’s MSc Economics and Sustainability you will get pioneering training in economics and policies for sustainability and climate change, as well as a thorough grounding in both resource and environmental economics.

In the second year of this programme you will study in another country. Choosing to study abroad can increase your international awareness, cross-cultural understanding and potentially make you more attractive to employers, as well as being a valuable life experience.

Demand is growing in the environmental sector for well-trained economics graduates, and our MSc Economics and Sustainability is specially designed to prepare students for specialist careers in government, international organisations, industry, NGOs and consultancy, in addition to the possibility of continuing on an academic path and pursuing a research career.

The course combines the very latest theory and sustainability strategies with contemporary economics, giving students the change to explore the fields of Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometrics and Environmental Economics.

As well as gaining a detailed understanding of economics and sustainability issues, you will learn how to apply theory to real world problems and graduate with a solid set of specialist and transferable skills which will set you apart.

Newcastle Business School is proud to be a member of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) global compact. Through our membership of this organisation, the School commits to providing distinctive education for our students that is relevant to global sustainability challenges.

Graduates of the MSc Economics and Sustainability will be perfectly prepared to pursue a wide range of careers in the field of environmental economics, as well as in economics, finance and related areas.

Potential job roles this programme could prepare students for include environmental economist, policy adviser, analyst, journalist, researcher or academic, and employers range from government, international organisations, industry, NGOs and consultancy.

As part of this course, you will build a portfolio of materials that can be presented to employers to demonstrate your development and appropriateness for roles in the fields of economics and sustainability, the content of which will be informed by the work you undertake in the modules you study.

This course is also ideal if you’re interested in a career in academic research, and successful graduates may be eligible for advanced entry onto our PhD or DBA programmes.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.


This module will provide you with an understanding of the basic tools of econometrics, with emphasis on techniques and the interpretation of results. It will start with a review of probability and distribution theory, statistical hypotheses testing, and estimation and inference in classical linear regression models. This content will be followed by selected topics in applied econometrics, with a focus on connecting theory with practical application. The lectures will be supported by computer classes using secondary data to explore the various estimation techniques. The module will introduce you to the use of econometrics software packages. At the end of this module, you will be acquainted with a wide range of topics in modern econometrics, which are vital for doing and understanding empirical work. This will be useful to you in empirical work in any field of economics as well as many disciplines outside of economics.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline, or substantial experience of working in a business organisation. It is recommended that your previous studies have included quantitative elements.

University information

Northumbria is an innovative and pioneering university with a mission to ‘Take on Tomorrow’. Through cultivating the next generation of visionaries and innovators, Northumbria empowers students to challenge the status quo and tackle tomorrow’s challenges head on. Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused university with a keen focus on professional practice and a global reputation for academic excellence. It is also renowned for its...more

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