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Masters in Applied Environmental Economics

About the course

It is widely recognised that most environmental problems, whether small-scale or global, are the result of a complex interaction of natural processes with economic forces and decisions. This
programme provides graduates with a sound theoretical base and practical appreciation of the concepts and methods of environmental and natural resource economics relevant to policy decisions and research. It is designed to suit students with a primary interest in issues and policies concerning the rural environment.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Program Aims

The programme gives students the opportunity to develop:

  • a critical understanding of the different ways in which economic decisions, market forces and government policies can affect the natural environment
  • a sound knowledge of the theory and techniques of non-market valuation to estimate the demand for environmental quality or the cost of environmental degradation
  • the ability to design and critically evaluate public policies towards the environment and natural resources
  • an appreciation of the usefulness of environmental economics in informing political decision-making
  • enhanced communication and presentation skills
  • the ability to access the environmental economics literature and to pursue their own research.

Structure and Syllabus

MSc: 10 modules (4 core, 4 elective plus 2 research)
Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (4 core plus 4 elective)
Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (at least 3 core plus up to 1 elective)

Core modules

Economic principles (C02) [this module must be taken in the first year]
Economics of environmental policy (C121)
Environmental valuation: theory, techniques and application (C122)
Natural resource economics (C105)

Elective modules

Applied econometrics (C05)
Climate change and development (C124)
Environmental science and management (C200)
Environmental assessment (C207)
Environmental auditing and environmental management systems (C208)
Ethics and environmental practice (C163)
International environmental law (C114)
Project planning and management (C134)
Either Water resources management (C126) or Sustainable land management (C168) or
Sustainable forest management (C185)
One module selected from another programme

Research modules (MSc only)

Research methods (R106)
Research report (RR01)

Short courses

Many modules can also be taken as short courses for professional development or as a taster of the full degree, diploma or certificate programme. To apply please fill in the short course application form available on the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (SOAS) website [external link].

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