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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

The world’s resources are finite. How can we apply economic principals to make sustainability work for a growing population?

The MSC in 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 interdisciplinary nature of the programme links environmental, social and economic systems together, and focuses on the mutual dependences between them. This gives you a unique understanding of the consequences of human economic activity on the planet’s limited resources.

You will participate in sustainability problem-solving with an emphasis on 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.

The annual study tour, in which you will implement a small research project designed collaboratively with staff members in response to real-world sustainability problems, gives you first-hand experience conducting the work of an Ecological Economist.

This programme is delivered in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). You will not only benefit from being a fully matriculated student at The University of Edinburgh, but also access to all of complementary staff, expertise, and resources at SRUC. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded your degree by The University of Edinburgh.

Career opportunities

Being able to identify ecological economic problems, and apply economic principles and methods to solve these problems is increasingly valued by employers.

Our graduates are working in a variety of sectors, including environmental consultancies; international and governmental agencies; NGOs; financial institutions; multinationals; environmental education and research.

Additionally around a quarter of our masters students eventually go on to doctoral research programmes.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This course is organised and delivered using a flipped-classroom design. This means that class time is spent almost entirely undertaking activities that help you practice conducting analyses with the methods covered in the course, and then linking these analyses to particular decision contexts. Ove the course of the semester you will get practice thinking about and communicating what the implications of your analyses are for real-world problems related to Ecological Economics and Sustainability. You will also get the opportunity to practice developing a host of transferable skills related to working in interdisciplinary teams.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with appropriate work experience.

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