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.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
- IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
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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
- Environmental Valuation
- Ecological Economics Field Methods in Research & Practice
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
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Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- MSc Programme Secretary Elspeth Martin
- 0131 535 4198