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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.

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.

The course is ideal if you have an interest in economic issues with a focus on their social and environmental consequences.

Course highlights

  • Study topics ranging from the value of ecosystem services to managing an economy without growth.
  • Learn analytical tools such as input-output analysis and system dynamics.
  • Gain skills that are in demand by organisations ranging from government and academia to international NGOs and social enterprises, and have access to career opportunities through our vibrant alumni community.
  • 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.

Programme Team

You will be taught by a world-leading team of economists and social scientists from within the School of Earth and Environment and the Leeds University Business School.

Instructors are part of some of the UK’s most important research centres:

Course content

You are expected to complete 8 modules (5 compulsory plus 3 optional) and a research dissertation.

You'll have 2 semesters of lectures and seminars followed by approximately 4 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.

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.


Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Introduction to Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Macroeconomics
  • Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy
  • Econometrics
  • Global Economics Co-ordination and Governance
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Money, Monetary Policy and the Global Financial Crisis
  • Business, Environment and Sustainability
  • Environmental Policy and Governance
  • Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development
  • Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Learning and teaching

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.


You'll be assessed through a variety of ways including essays, group and individual projects, presentations, computer-based practicals and exams.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply



This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

 If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


  • UK/EU: Please see our website.
  • International: Please see our website.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Scholarships are available.

Career opportunities

There is an increasing demand for professionals with an interdisciplinary understanding of economics as it applies to real-world environmental and social problems.

You will learn the skills to pursue a successful career in government, business, or in a non-governmental organisation. Many of our graduates also pursue a research career and continue on to a PhD.

This Masters is ideal if you are looking to build upon a previous degree in the social or natural sciences, by developing an understanding of economics. It is designed to equip you with both a conceptual and applied understanding of critical issues in economics and sustainability.

Visit the Ecological Economics MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!





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