Taught course

Environment & Sustainable Development

Institution
University of Glasgow · Adam Smith Business School
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in economics, engineering, earth sciences, geography or a related discipline, with at least two courses in economics. Students with other qualifications and/or relevant work experience can also be considered.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This multi-disciplinary programme is designed for those intending to pursue careers in environmental project management, and will give you the tools to apply economic analysis to a range of environmental management problems with a focus on developing countries

Why Glasgow

  • You will gain a scientific perspective on how environmental and resource constraints impact upon development.
  • You will develop an understanding of why certain environmental problems occur and the possible options available for their resolution, and you will be able to recognise and analyse the relationships between economic and ecological systems.
  • The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme Structure

You will take four core and two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation. A pre-sessional refresher course in economics is also available for those who wish to revise their economics. This non-credit bearing course takes place during induction week.

Core courses

  • Development policy
  • Environmental economics
  • Policies for sustainability and development
  • Theory and principles of sustainability.

Optional courses may include

  • Aid and development
  • Basic econometrics
  • Behavioural economics: theory and applications
  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
  • Growth and development
  • IMF, World Bank and economic growth
  • International trade
  • Money, finance and growth
  • Project planning, appraisal and implementation
  • The economics of inequality and deprivation
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

Career prospects

The programme is designed to equip you for a career as professional planning staff in private or public sector organisations concerned with the design and implementation of environmental policies, working on environmental issues in international agencies or academic and research institutions, or managing environmental projects. Recent graduates have embarked on roles such as technology analysts, development practitioners, environmental policy analysts, and company directors.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • two sub-tests no less than 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7700
International students
£17250

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Adam Smith Business School
Email
business-economics@glasgow.ac.uk