Taught course

Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics (MSc)

University of St Andrews · Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. No previous training in sustainable development is required, and the course is open to those from a range of academic backgrounds including geography, politics, sociology, environmental sciences, biology, mathematics or economics.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics is a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Geography and Sustainable Development.

Sharing teaching elements from the MSc in Sustainable Development, this programme takes an interdisciplinary approach and draws on economic analysis and thinking to understand the links between people and their environment, resulting in a programme of study which is both intellectually stimulating and highly relevant to today’s job market.


  • Interdisciplinary teaching provides multiple perspectives. Students are taught by experts from disciplines across the University.
  • Field trips, such as to a Scottish highland estate, bring the subject alive by exploring practical applications of sustainable development. (Field trips are at no additional cost.)
  • Practical experience supplements leading theory. The lecturers and visiting speakers all have practical experience of advising government, businesses and communities on aspects of environmental economics and sustainable development as well as being leaders in their academic fields.

Teaching format

During the taught portion of the programme, students take seven modules which are taught via lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, student-led workshops, as well as field trips and away days. Modules are assessed through written examinations and coursework including class tests, presentations and review essays.

Over the course of the programme, but with particular focus during the summer months, students will research a project area and produce an academic literature review, a professional policy brief and a reflective essay.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £8,500  Overseas: £20,980

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1334 46 2894