M.Sc. On Campus

Ecological Economics

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
32300 GBP/year
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The Ecological Economics programme from The University of Edinburgh prepares you to contribute to solving sustainability problems by focusing on the intersection between the environment, the economy and economic decision-making. 


The Ecological Economics programme from The University of Edinburgh aims to equip you with a new way of seeing the world. We will empower you to analyse how the economy and economic decisions affect our progress towards a more sustainable future.

What will I learn?

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme links environmental, social and economic systems together and focuses on the mutual dependences between them.

You will participate in sustainability problem-solving with an emphasis on application, practical experience and 'hands-on' learning.

You will experience training in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and the associated data analysis using real-world case studies.

During your studies, you will implement a small, team-based research project. Designed collaboratively with staff members in response to a real-world sustainability problem, it will provide you with first-hand experience conducting the work of an ecological economist.

Our graduates are working in a variety of sectors, including:

  • environmental consultancies
  • international and governmental agencies
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • financial institutions
  • multinationals
  • environmental education and research

Additionally, around a quarter of our Masters students eventually go on to doctoral research programmes.

Programme Structure

This MSc programme comprises:

  • compulsory and option courses
  • dissertation
How will I learn?

You will experience a range of learning styles while studying, depending on the subject matter and courses you are taking. Our courses feature flipped-classroom designs, team-based learning, and problem-based learning. Engagement will happen both in-person and online with both synchronous and asynchronous elements.

Through this mix of teaching approaches, you will:

  • learn core conceptual and theoretical knowledge related to ecological economics
  • gain a wide range of professional and transferable skills
  • acquire applied knowledge related to research methodologies, data analysis, and project design/implementation.

You can view each relevant course for teaching and assessment methods through the ‘Programme Structure’ link under compulsory and option courses below.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are 3 application rounds.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
  • We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with appropriate work experience.
  • Applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply, but all students will be expected to engage critically with economic and environmental concepts, and will also be asked to engage in both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Students whose undergraduate degrees have not addressed one or more these areas should highlight in their applications their abilities to learn and to engage with these subject areas.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Home fees have still to be agreed

Part-time fees 2 years / year 

    • International/EU: £16,150

Part-time fees 3 years / year 

    • International/EU: £10,770

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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