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Overview Explore sustainable solutions for environmental problems


1 year full-time

You'll develop the skills needed by today's environmental managers, policymakers and scientists to tackle environmental issues at local, regional and global levels. You'll be prepared for a wide range of careers across the public and private sectors. This Masters also provides a good basis for further study at PhD level.

The core modules will provide you with knowledge in Environmental Economics and a appreciation of the challenges to which economic analysis can be applied. You'll also be equipped to incorporate environmental feedback into economic decision making in a way that satisfies both ecological managers and economists.

This Masters is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds, including economics, human geography, business, sociology, politics, environmental science and more. You'll be taught by a range of interdisciplinary staff with varied Environmental research interests.


Our state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

Course content What you’ll study


You'll learn about the economics and management of natural resources and develop your critical and analytical skills in these areas. You'll gain both theoretical and practical experience of issues in environmental economics and management. You will be trained in suitable research methods and relevant ethical and legal issues. You'll develop your research skills and experience through completing a large research project.


For the Masters you will need to take a 100 credits of taught modules.

There are four core modules, which amount to 50 of your 100 required credits:

  • Current Research in Environment, Economics and Ecology (10 credits)
  • Applied Environmental Economics (10 credits)
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Areas (10 credits)
  • Research Skills and Statistical Methods (20 credits)

You'll also choose 50 credits from a range of optional modules:

  • Business and Environment (10 credits)
  • Development Economics (20 credits)
  • Economics for Natural Resources and Environmental Management (20 credits)
  • Environmental Governance (10 credits)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (10 credits)
  • Spatial Analysis (10 credits)

Full list and descriptions of modules.

These modules will be run in 2016-17. Modules may change in later years to reflect the latest research.


You'll also complete a 8,000 word dissertation, worth 80 credits, as part of the MSc. Staff will suggest a range of possible subjects and titles, but you can also devise your own dissertation title. You'll have a dissertation supervisor who will provide regular guidance and will be able to comment on your first draft of the dissertation.

Previous dissertations include:

  • What makes people satisfied with their neighbourhoods?
  • Fighting windmills: participation and fishermen’s attitudes towards offshore wind farms within the German EEZ
  • An investigation into the drivers and barriers of urban agriculture in the United Kingdom
  • The efficacy of ecosystem service valuation, using benefit transfer methods, as a tool for decision-making in the context of a developing country: a case study of the Kilombero wetlands, Tanzania.

The dissertation will allow you to demonstrate your skill at independent research and apply insights from the taught modules to solve issues in environmental economics and environmental management.

​We have a number of partnerships with major environmental organisations that will be of benefit to our students through lectures, workshops and research and internship opportunities. 

The Stockholm Environment Institute has one of its seven international centres here in our department. SEI is an independent research organisation that has been engaged in environment and development issues for more than 25 years. 

The CIRCLE Institute is a jointly funded venture between our department and Flamingo Land, a Yorkshire-based zoo and theme park. CIRCLE carries out research into the conservation of wild animals and places and aims to communicate the results in a fun and accessible way.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

This Masters combines formal lectures, practicals, seminars and field trips.

  • Guest lecturers from external organisations, including other universities and environmental organisations, provide a view of the current state of Environmental Economics and Environmental Management.
  • You'll use the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to supplement lectures and practicals with additional material.
  • Some modules offer optional drop-in help sessions.


Types of assessment in this course include:

  • Essays of around 3,000 words
  • Models, maps and accompanying reports
  • Presentations
  • 8,000 word dissertation.

Formative assessment as you study modules will allow you to receive feedback on your progress and understanding.

Our teaching and research span the natural social and economic sciences in an integrated way. Postgraduate teaching is informed by our research which includes work in areas as diverse as coral reefs, tropical rain forests, atmospheric science, pollution, biodiversity conservation and wildlife management. 

Careers Where you’ll go from here

You'll develop the skills and knowledge you will need to follow a career in an environmental organisation in both the public and private sectors. The Masters in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management also provides an ideal basis to progress to further study at PhD.

Career opportunities

Graduates have gone on to work in a range of public sector bodies, including Defra, the Food Standards Agency, the Environment Agency and the OECD. Graduates also work in environmental consultancies, non-governmental organisations and research agencies.

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of trasferable skills during the course, including:

  • Geographic and Information Systems skills
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Design of protected areas
  • Practical experience designing and conducting field-based surveys
  • Econometric analysis of natural resource management.

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

You should have at least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 honours degree and relevant work experience. 

Ideally you will have studied both some ecology and some economics as part of your degree but applications from students from either discipline are welcome. If you did not have a significant quantitative component to your degree you may also be considered with a requirement to attend a Summer School in Microeconomics and Quantative Methods.

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system, which allows you to save your progress and return later to finish. If you're unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application.

International options

General guidance on international entry requirementsemail for details for this course.

English language

If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS : at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

We also accept other English language tests and evidence of fluency.

You may also want to attend the University's Pre-sessional Courses.

Enquire Contact our admissions tutor if you have any questions

Dr Dean Waters

Dr Dean Waters

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