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Ecological Economics MSc

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12 months

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Ecological Economics Environmental Management

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Course Summary


Join one of the largest and most renowned centres of ecological economics research in the world on a course that challenges conventional thinking and introduces a real-world approach to teaching economics.

Our Ecological Economics Masters degree is based in the School of Earth and Environment with some of the modules being taught by the Leeds University Business School.

It reflects a new approach to teaching economics that focuses on real-world problems and integrates a wide range of different perspectives.

Many of the most serious environmental and social problems that we face can be traced to root causes in our economic system.

On this course, you'll develop an understanding of how economic activity gives rise to environmental and social problems, and be introduced to the main tools to tackle them.

You can combine modules that help you build strong conceptual foundations in ecological and environmental economics, with specialist modules in heterodox economics and sustainability.

The course is ideal if you have an interest in economic issues with a focus on their social and environmental consequences, but you don't need to have completed a previous degree in economics.

Learning and teaching

You'll learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, discussion seminars, computer-based practicals, presentations, one-to-one supervision, group projects, and self-led study.

Teaching is research-led so that you are learning about and working on real-world problems, using cutting-edge research approaches and data in practical applications.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


You'll be assessed through a variety of ways including essays, group and individual projects, presentations, computer-based practicals and exams.

Career opportunities

There is an increasing demand for professionals with an interdisciplinary understanding of economics as it applies to real-world environmental and social problems.

You will learn the skills to pursue a successful career in government, business, or in a non-governmental organisation. Many of our graduates also pursue a research career and continue on to a PhD.

This Masters is ideal if you are looking to build upon a previous degree in the social or natural sciences, by developing an understanding of economics. It is designed to equip you with both a conceptual and applied understanding of critical issues in economics and sustainability.


This module aims to develop research skills to enable students to carry out quantitative research projects, which integrate environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. Through lectures, seminars and computer exercises, the module will familiarise students with some of the most extensively used methods and research frameworks for the analysis of coupled socio-economic and environmental systems. The content of this module is relevant to some of the most innovative and cutting edge research in ecological economics, effectively paving the way towards a systematic understanding of sustainability. This module will cover both top-down macro-economic approaches and bottom-up social and technical approaches, providing students with a broad foundation for their future work and research. Applications include topics such as the links between population growth, economic growth and environmental impacts, building and testing scenarios of technical pathways towards sustainability, for instance for climate change mitigation, carbon leakage, regional sustainable development, sustainable consumption and production, and analysing emergent behaviour from the bottom-up simulation of socio-ecological systems.

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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in social sciences, natural sciences, environmental studies, economics, management, engineering or a related subject. Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered on a case by case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

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