Ecological Economics focuses on how to make sustainability and environmental management work in practice by applying economic principles.
This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). 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.
Applicants who applied after 12 December 2016 receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.
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 typically will be:
Foundations in Ecological Economics
Applications in Ecological Economics
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses^. We particularly recommend:
Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
Principles of Environmental Sustainability
Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
Understanding Environment and Development
Marine Systems and Policies
Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
Culture, Ethics & Environment
Frameworks to Assess Food Security
Integrated Resource Management
International Development in a Changing World
Introduction To Spatial Analysis
Principles of GIS
Society and Development
Soil Protection and Management
Environmental Impact Assessment
Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
Participation in Policy and Planning
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Water Resource Management
Case Studies in Sustainable Development
Management of Sustainable Development
Ecosystem Values and Management
Forests and Environment
Further Spatial Analysis
Integrated Resource Planning
Interrelationships in Food Systems
Introduction to Environmental Modelling
Sustainability of Food Production
Understanding the City
Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change
To experience and understand conflict between ecosystem conservation and human development needs at ground level, this programme typically includes a unique 7-10-day study tour, usually overseas and in the developing world (previous destinations have included South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania).
Being able to identify ecological economic problems, and apply economic principles and methods to solve these problems is increasingly valued by employers.
Our graduates are working in a variety of sectors, including environmental consultancies; international and governmental agencies; NGOs; financial institutions; multinationals; environmental education and research.
Additionally around a quarter of our masters students go on to doctoral research programmes.
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