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MSc Ecological Economics

Programme code:MSC-ENVI/EEUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Daniel O'Neill Contact

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 ideas ranging from how to value ecosystem services to how to achieve a post-growth economy. They learn analytical tools such as input-output analysis and system dynamics modelling to understand the relationships between the economy, society, and environment.

Students are encouraged to conduct their dissertation on a real-world problem 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 ecological and environmental economics, with a range of options in sustainability and heterodox economics. It’s open to all students with an interest in economic issues, and does not require a previous degree in economics.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits for the MSc after their re-sits, 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 the dissertation, and achieve an average mark of 50 across 180 credits. A Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) can be obtained if 90 credits are passed. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) can be obtained if 60 credits are passed.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5010MResearch Methods15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5020MResearch Project60 credits1 Jan to 31 Dec (12mth), 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
SOEE5094MIntroduction to Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5095MEnvironmental Economics and Policy15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5582MTools and Techniques in Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

LUBS5101MMacroeconomics15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5116MEconomics of Globalisation and the International Economy15 creditsNot running in 202122
LUBS5134MEconometrics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
LUBS5140MGlobal Economic Coordination and Governance15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5142MDistributional Analysis in Economic Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5144MBehavioural Economics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5146MMoney, Monetary Policy and the Global Financial Crisis15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5148MEconomics of Wellbeing15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5051MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5281MIntroduction to Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5472MEnvironmental Policy and Governance15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5540MClimate Change: Physical Science Basis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5561MClimate Change Mitigation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5060MWelfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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