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MSc Ecological Economics

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- Understand the main concepts of both ecological and environmental economics, and the differences between them
- Analyse economic activities from a biophysical, social, and financial perspective
- Apply tools including input-output analysis and system dynamics modelling to understand the relationships between the economy, society, and environment
- Appreciate the relationship between economic activity and its real-world impacts
- Critically assess current economic theories and pathways
- Appreciate heterodox approaches, and understand alternative models such as degrowth and steady-state economics
- Propose policy tools to address environmental and social problems
- Use a variety of research methods that are pertinent to ecological and environmental economics

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- A practical and working understanding of the tools used to assess issues related to sustainability, including data analysis, modelling, and computer programming
- The skills required to conduct multi-disciplinary research on ecological economics related topics
- The skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or an area of professional practice
- Evaluating their own achievement and that of others
- Self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
- Independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development
- Written communication skills


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:

- Demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and depth of knowledge on the interaction between the economy, society, and the environment
- Drawing on a range of perspectives in ecological and environmental economics
- Evaluating and criticising received opinion
- Making sound judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data


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