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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Ecological Economics focuses on how to make sustainability and environmental management work in practice by applying economic principles. This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). Graduates with postgraduate training in this area are in greater demand than ever before in business, industry and government. This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment and Society Academy.

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 go on to doctoral research programmes.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 1 year | SEP

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

Students need to have 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.