University of Leeds

Ecological Economics, M.Sc.

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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


You will join one of the largest and most renowned centres of ecological economics research in the world on a programme that challenges conventional thinking and introduces a real-world approach to teaching economics. The MS Ecological Economics programme from University of Leeds combines modules that help you build strong conceptual foundations in sustainability with 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.

Course highlights
  • Study topics ranging from the value of ecosystem services to managing an economy without growth.
  • Learn analytical tools such as input-output analysis and system dynamics modelling.
  • Gain skills that are in demand by organisations ranging from government and academia to international NGOs and social enterprises, and have access to career opportunities through our vibrant alumni community.
  • Potentially carry-out your research dissertation project with a partner organisation. This collaborative arrangement is designed to help you to deliver research that generates a real-world impact, while at the same time creating high employment prospects. Please see the Career Opportunities section for a list of organisations you could possibly partner with.
Career opportunities

You are encouraged to carry-out your research with a partner organisation. This collaborative arrangement is designed to help you to deliver research that generates a real-world impact, while at the same time creating high employment prospects.

Potential organisations for research partnerships include:
  • Carbon Trust
  • Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BiS)
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
  • Leeds City Council
  • New Economics Foundation
  • Oxfam

Programme Structure

Compulsory Modules

  • Research methods
  • Introduction to Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics
  • Research Project

Optional Modules

Choose three:

  • Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy
  • Comparative Economics
  • Global Economics Co-ordination and Governance
  • Understanding the Global Economy: Capitalist Institutions, Growth and Crises
  • Business, Environment and Sustainability
  • Environmental Policy and Governance
  • Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development
  • Environment-Development Overseas Field Course
  • Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in social sciences, natural sciences, environmental studies, economics, management, engineering or a related subject.

Mature applicants without a first degree or with a lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of relevant industry experience and their potential to benefit from the course. A previous degree in economics is not required.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17750 International
  • GBP 7500 EU/EEA


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