We are pleased to announce the creation of our new MSc Ecological Economics. The 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'll 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'll 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 economic issues with a focus on their social and environmental consequences, but you don't need to have completed a previous degree in economics.
You are expected to complete 8 modules (6 compulsory including the research dissertation project, plus 3 options).
You'll have 3 terms of lectures and seminars followed by approximately 4 four months of individual work leading to the submission of a dissertation in late August.
You can 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.
Please see the Career Opportunities section for a list of organisations you could possibly partner with.
When completed on a full-time basis, this Masters is a 12-month course split into 3 semesters. When undertaken on a part-time basis, the course runs for 2 years with 2 taught modules completed in each semester.
Choose 3 from the following list:
You'll learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, discussion seminars, computer-based practicals, presentations, one-to-one supervision, group projects, and self-led study.
Teaching is research-led so that you are learning about and working on real-world problems, using cutting-edge research approaches and data in practical applications.
The School of Earth and Environment’s £23m building gives you access to world-class research, teaching and facilities.
You'll be assessed through a variety of ways including essays, group and individual projects, presentations, computer-based practicals and exams.
You are encouraged to carry-out your research 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.
Potential organisations for research partnerships include:
Recent graduates have pursued a research career, either moving on to a PhD, or working for local government or NGOs. While others are now working for consultancy companies.
We offer extra support and activities to help you stand out in your chosen field and achieve your career goals.
The School of Earth and Environment has a strong commitment to enhancing student employability and has its own dedicated Employability Officer. Read more about our careers and employability.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.