Ecological Economics, M.Sc.

Many of the most serious environmental and social problems that we face can be traced to root causes in our economic system. On this MS Ecological Economics programme offered by the University of Leeds, you will develop an understanding of how economic activity gives rise to environmental and social problems, and be introduced to the main tools to tackle them.


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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

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
    • Average duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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.


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