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Ecological Economics MSc

Level: SCQF 11

Available at these campuses: Edinburgh

About the Course

SRUC and University of EdinburghThis course links both the theory and practice of economics with that of natural ecosystems. The programme aims to give students the opportunity to learn about the role that economics can play in the design and implementation of sustainable policies for ecosystem management.

Ecological Economics focuses on how to make sustainability and environmental management work in practice by applying economic principles. Graduates with postgraduate training in this area are in greater demand than ever before in business, industry and government.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Global Environment & Society Academy

On completion of this course, students will gain an understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of the environmental problems an appreciation of the interaction between ecology and economics; the means to develop expertise in the design and implementation of sustainable environmental policies; enhanced skills in specialist topics.

The MSc Ecological Economics degree is awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

Contact us

SRUC Postgraduate Student Administration
Elspeth Martin
Phone: +44 (0)131 535 4198

Programme Director
Corinne Baulcomb
Phone: +44 (0)131 535 4031

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or equivalent from outside UK in any subject A UK 2.2 may be considered. Evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent). Check University of Edinburgh web site.

Course Content

For more information please download our course leaflet.

You will learn through lectures, group work, informal group discussion and individual study, as well as the spring study tour. After two semesters of taught courses, you will begin work on your individual dissertations. You will be able to choose from a wide selection of option courses to suit individual interests and career goals.

Compulsory courses:

  • Foundations in Ecological Economics 
  • Applications in Ecological Economics
  • Ecological Economics Field Methods in Research and Practice
  • Environmental Valuation.
  • Dissertation

Elective courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. To find out more, and to apply, please visit the University of Edinburgh page for the course.

Field trip

To experience and understand conflict between ecosystem conservation and human development needs at ground level, we offer a unique 7-10-day study tour, usually overseas and in the developing world (previous destinations have included Kenya and Tanzania).