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MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change

Department of Geography and Environment


Houghton Street




Programme Administrator:

Sam Colegate

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6089

Fax:+44 (0)20 7955 7412


Programme Director:

Dr Ben Groom







MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change Core Courses

Students of the MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change programme are required to take four compulsory core courses (equivalent to the value of 3 units) and one or two optional courses to the value of 1 unit.  The core course descriptions are below:

Compulsory courses

GY426  Environmental and Resource Economics

This course covers the key principles and concepts in environmental and resource economics. It begins with the basic principles of microeconomics and how these might be applied to environmental and resource-use issues, for example, consumer behaviour, welfare economics, and market failure. The course will then focus on environmental economics, with topics covered ranging from property rights approaches to environmental policy, to concepts of sustainable development. The final part of the course introduces the economics of natural resources. Applications covered throughout the course include biodiversity conservation, forests, fisheries and energy resources.

GY428  Applied Quantitative Methods

This course will provide an introduction to the essential statistical and econometric methods required for undertaking empirical work in environmental and resource economics. It will include computer classes with an introduction to the STATA software package. The material will be accessible to students with basic statistical training. Topics covered include data collection and handling, hypothesis testing; multiple regression models, discrete choice models (binary choice models; models for multiple choices, ordered data, count data), and basic panel data methods.

GY427  Climate Change:  Science, Economics and Policy

This course is an interdisciplinary analysis of the issue of climate change. It will begin with an overview of the science of climate change, which will be accessible to students training in the social sciences. It will go on to consider the economic, political and social implications of climate change, drawing on economic analysis, as well as insights from other disciplines such as human geography and political science.

GY499  Dissertation

Students will be required to write a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice within the fields covered by the course.

Along with these core courses, students will be required to select optional units to the value of 1 unit to complete the required 4 units for the programme.  The optional courses can be seen here.|