Taught course

Ecological Economics

University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

The world’s resources are finite. How can we apply economic principals to make sustainability work for a growing population?

The MSC in Ecological Economics prepares you to contribute to solving sustainability problems by focusing on the intersection between the environment, the economy, and economic decision-making.

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme links environmental, social and economic systems together, and focuses on the mutual dependences between them. This gives you a unique understanding of the consequences of human economic activity on the planet’s limited resources.

You will participate in sustainability problem-solving with an emphasis on practical experience and ‘hands on’ learning. You will experience training in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and the associated data analysis using real world case studies.

The annual study tour, in which you will implement a small research project designed collaboratively with staff members in response to real-world sustainability problems, gives you first-hand experience conducting the work of an Ecological Economist.

This programme is delivered in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). You will not only benefit from being a fully matriculated student at The University of Edinburgh, but also access to all of complementary staff, expertise, and resources at SRUC. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded your degree by The University of Edinburgh.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Elspeth Martin
+44 (0)131 535 4198