A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with appropriate work experience. Applicants who have not studied economics are welcome. Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English: IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section), TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (with no score lower than 20 in each section). A degree from an English speaking university may be accepted in some circumstances. More information about other qualifications we accept is online: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/english
Months of entry
Envisioning an economically secure and environmentally sustainable future
Programme description Ecological Economics focuses on how to make sustainability and environmental management work in practice by applying economic principles.
This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Graduates with postgraduate training in this area are in greater demand than ever before in business, industry and government.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.
Programme structure You will learn through lectures, group work, informal group discussion and individual study, as well as the spring study tour. After two semesters of taught courses, you will begin work on your individual dissertations. You will be able to choose from a wide selection of option courses to suit individual interests and career goals.
Compulsory courses typically are*:
- Foundations in Ecological Economics
- Applications in Ecological Economics
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:
- Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
- Principles of Environmental Sustainability
- Project Appraisal
- Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
- Understanding Environment and Development
- Marine Systems and Policies
- Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
- Culture, Ethics & Environment
- Encountering Cities
- Frameworks to Assess Food Security
- Integrated Resource Management
- International Development in a Changing World
- Introduction To Spatial Analysis
- Principles of GIS
- Society and Development
- Soil Protection and Management
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
- Participation in Policy and Planning
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Water Resource Management
- Political Ecology
- Case Studies in Sustainable Development
- Management of Sustainable Development
- Ecosystem Values and Management
- Forests and Environment
- Further Spatial Analysis
- Integrated Resource Planning
- Interrelationships in Food Systems
- Introduction to Environmental Modelling
- Sustainability of Food Production
- Understanding the City
*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.
To experience and understand conflict between ecosystem conservation and human development needs at ground level, we typically offer a unique 7-10-day study tour, usually overseas and in the developing world (previous destinations have included South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania).
Career opportunities Being able to identify ecological economic problems, and apply economic principles and methods to solve these problems is increasingly valued by employers.
Our graduates are working in a variety of sectors, including environmental consultancies; international and governmental agencies; NGOs; financial institutions; multinationals; environmental education and research.
Additionally around a quarter of our masters students go on to doctoral research programmes.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Students applying for Ecological Economics may be eligible to apply for funding.
For information about funding opportunities visit our GeoSciences Scholarships webpage
Or visit the University's Scholarships and Student Finance Office.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- MSc Programme Secretary Elspeth Martin
- 0131 535 4198