Research course

Environmental Economics

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Geography and Environment

Entry requirements

If enrolling for the +3 route, a taught master's degree in related disciplines with a minimum of 65% average mark and 70% or higher in the dissertation component. If enrolling for the 1+3 route, a minimum of an upper-second class honours (or equivalent) undergraduate degree

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

Over the last two decades, the tools of economic analysis have become indispensable in analysing environmental problems and providing the basis for developing sustainable policy solutions. With rising employment opportunities in this field, student demand has also grown for doctoral courses offering rigorous, state-of-the-art training in environmental, natural resource and climate change economics. The MPhil/PhD Programme in Environmental Economics responds to this increased demand and builds on growing research at the LSE in environmental economics and related subjects. In particular, the Department of Geography and Environment currently has the largest group of full-time academic environmental economists in any UK university and one of the largest internationally. Importantly, the Department enjoys close links with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

The MPhil/PhD Environmental Economics aims to:

  • provide advanced knowledge of the principles and conceptual foundations of environmental economics, and equip students with the analytical tools and methodological understanding needed to develop original research in the field;
  • expose students to the most recent developments and debates in environmental and natural resource economics;
  • prepare students for careers in research and academia, international organisations (e.g. World Bank, OECD, UNEP, European Commission, etc.), private/consultancy sector (e.g. renewable energy firms, water companies, environment consultancies, etc.), NGOs or high profile positions in governmental institutions.

Research in Environmental Economics at LSE is undertaken by Department of Geography and Environment staff as well as by colleagues in the Department of Economics. The MPhil/PhD in Environmental Economics is offered by Geography and Environment, but potential applicants are advised to consider the research themes and staff expertise of both Departments before applying to the MPhil/PhD programme.

Department specialisms

Economic Geography and Regional Science; Environmental Economics and Policy; Cities and Development

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0, TOEFL: 107

Fees and funding

LSE scholarships and studentships, ESRC

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Further details of qualification

1 (MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change) + 3 (MPhil/PhD Environmental Economics) suitable for those individuals who do not hold a relevant postgraduate degree or +3 (MPhil/PhD Environmental Economics) for individuals who have already completed a graduate degree in a relevant subject

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613