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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Ecological Economics

Programme code:MSC-ENVI/EEUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Daniel O'Neill Contact address:d.oneill@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- Candidates should normally be graduates or holders of an equivalent undergraduate qualification. A 2:1 degree classification on first degree will be the normal minimum requirement.
- Consideration will be made for candidates with strong professional experience or who have received a previous Master’s degree with merit or higher.
- Candidates from a broad range of disciplines can apply, including social sciences, natural sciences, environmental studies, economics, management, and engineering.
- Relevant business or professional experience will be taken into account.
- A previous degree in economics is not required.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Programme specification:

Many of the most serious environmental and social problems that we face can be traced to root causes in our economic system. On this programme, students learn the main concepts and tools of ecological economics – a multidisciplinary field that seeks to understand and manage the environmental and social dimensions of economic activity.

There is an increasing need to train social and natural scientists who are literate in ecological economics, and yet there are very few institutions that provide such training. The School of Earth and Environment at Leeds is an exception. We have one of the largest and best-regarded ecological economics research groups in the world, and we have a close working relationship with the Economics division in the Business School, who offer a number of optional modules in heterodox economics.

Students on this programme are given an unparalleled education in ecological, environmental, and heterodox approaches to economics. They study concepts ranging from how to value ecosystem services to managing an economy without growth. They apply analytical tools such as input-output analysis and dynamic modelling to understand the relationships between the economy, society, and environment.

Students have the potential to conduct their dissertation on a real-world problem with a partner organisation in their main area of interest. They acquire strong career prospects, in organisations ranging from government and academia to international NGOs and social enterprises.

This programme combines modules that deliver strong foundations in sustainability with more specialist modules in ecological, environmental, and heterodox economics. It’s open to all students with an interest in economic issues, and does not require a previous degree in economics.


Students who have fewer than 90 credits with an overall credit weighted average of 50% from their taught modules at the end of semester 2, will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their resits the student has achieved the required number of credits to allow them to potentially achieve an MSc, they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity - this is usually in the next academic year.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits to progress to project after their re-sits, or they do not wish to continue to their project, they will be awarded either a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate dependent on the award criteria for their programme.

To obtain the Masters' (MSc) qualification candidates must pass 165 credits of level 5 modules to include all 5 compulsory modules and the dissertation, and achieve an average mark of 50 across 180 credits.
A postgraduate diploma (PGD) can be obtained if 120 credits are passed including all compulsory taught modules (except SOEE5010M)
A postgraduate certificate (PGC) can be obtained if 60 credits are passed including all compulsory taught modules (except SOEE5010M)


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5010MResearch Methods15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5020MResearch Project60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep
SOEE5094MIntroduction to Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5095MEnvironmental Economics and Policy15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5281MIntroduction to Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5582MTools and Techniques in Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 45 credfits from the following optional modules:

Enrolment for the optional field courses SOEE5496M and SOEE5498M is by application only and subject to an additional fee. Further details of the expected pre-requisite qualifications and/or experience for these modules is available by following the link to the Module Catalogue. Students can enrol for ONE of these modules but not both.

LUBS5116MEconomics of Globalisation and the International Economy15 creditsNot running in 201718
LUBS5118MComparative Economics15 creditsSemester 2
LUBS5140MGlobal Economics Co-ordination and Governance15 creditsSemester 1
LUBS5228MUnderstanding the Global Economy: Capitalist Institutions, Growth and Crises15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5051MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5472MEnvironmental Policy and Governance15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5496MEnvironment-Development International Field Course15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5498MSustainability and Local Enterprise: Patagonia Field Course15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5550MClimate Change: Impacts and Adaptation15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5561MClimate Change Mitigation15 creditsSemester 2
TRAN5060MWelfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis15 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 28/04/2017

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