Taught course

Ecological Economics

University of Leeds · School of Earth and Environment

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in social sciences, natural sciences, environmental studies, economics, management, engineering or a related subject.

Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered on a case by case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Many of the most serious environmental and social problems we face can be traced to root causes in our economic system. Experts in ecological economics are in huge demand to help solve these problems, which range from the climate emergency to deforestation, from rising inequality to declining public services.

Our Ecological Economics MSc will equip you with the expertise and skills in understanding how economic activity gives rise to environmental and social problems and be introduced to the main tools to tackle them. This course challenges conventional thinking and introduces a real-world approach to teaching economics, focusing on critical problems whilst integrating a wide range of different perspectives.

You’ll be taught by leading experts and academics from the School of Earth and Environment with some modules being delivered by the Leeds University Business School — both of which conduct internationally excellent research that feeds directly into the course.

This means you’ll be learning knowledge and developing a specialist skill set sought after by employers worldwide, opening the door to many career paths in areas like sustainability, policymaking, research, resource management — and beyond.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Our globally-renowned research conducted right here in our School of Earth and Environment and Leeds University Business School feeds directly into the course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking in ecological economics.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in critical areas in ecological economics including policies to achieve sustainability and how to manage an economy without growth.
  • Tailor your degree to suit your career interests with a broad selection of optional modules available in topics like macroeconomics, environmental policy, global economic coordination, human wellbeing, the biosphere and behavioural economics.
  • Conduct your own individual research project as part of your course and gain experience in researching and delivering a project that focuses on a real-world problem and allows you to explore your specific interests.
  • Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team who are leading economists and social scientists from within the School of Earth and Environment and the Leeds University Business School.
  • Enhance your career prospects and gain skills that are in demand by organisations ranging from government and academia to international NGOs and social enterprises.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 8109