Taught course

Ecological Economics

University of Leeds · School of Earth and Environment

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in social sciences, natural sciences, environmental studies, economics, management, engineering or a related subject. Mature applicants without a first degree or with a lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of relevant industry experience and their potential to benefit from the course. A previous degree in economics is not required. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content


Our new MSc Ecological Economics course is based in the School of Earth and Environment with some of the modules being taught by the Leeds University Business School. It reflects a new approach to teaching economics that focuses on real-world problems and integrates a wide range of different perspectives.
Many of the most serious environmental and social problems that we face can be traced to root causes in our economic system. On this course, you will develop an understanding of how economic activity gives rise to environmental and social problems, and be introduced to the main tools to tackle them.
You will join one of the largest and most renowned centres of ecological economics research in the world on a course that challenges conventional thinking and introduces a real-world approach to teaching economics. You can combine modules that help you build strong conceptual foundations in sustainability with specialist modules in ecological, environmental, and heterodox economics. The course is ideal if you have an interest in analysing economic issues with a focus on their social and environmental consequences, but you don't need to have completed a previous degree in economics.
Course Highlights
  • Study topics ranging from the value of ecosystem services to managing an economy without growth.
  • Learn analytical tools such as input-output analysis and system dynamics modelling.
  • Gain skills that are in demand by organisations ranging from government and academia to international NGOs and social enterprises, and have access to career opportunities through our vibrant alumni community.
  • Potentially carry-out your research dissertation project with a partner organisation. This collaborative arrangement is designed to help you to deliver research that generates a real-world impact, while at the same time creating high employment prospects.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For more information please refer to our School course page.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Home / EU / International PGT Scholarships available from the School of Earth and Environment.

Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on a School of Earth and Environment Masters degree programme.

For more information about our awards place visit our Fees and Scholarships page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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