SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Environmental Economics

Programme Convenor: Professor Laurence Smith

New module available

Biodiversity, Conservation and Development (P131) explores the interdependent relationship between these areas, tracing how historical and theoretical roots have influenced current practice.

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 you 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 environmental issues and public policy. The elective modules provide you with the opportunity to develop research skills, expertise in environmental management relevant to the needs of business and consultancy, and applied sector specific expertise. You will complete core modules and choose elective modules that you find of greatest professional, academic or personal interest.

Programme aims

The programme gives you 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 the sustainable use of natural resources
  • an appreciation of the usefulness of environmental economics in informing political decision-making
  • skills in environmental impact assessment and environmental auditing
  • the ability to access the environmental economics literature and to pursue your own research

Programme structure

QualificationNumber of modulesDuration
MSc in Environmental Economics 4 3* 2 9 Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGDip in Environmental Economics 4 4*   8 Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGCert in Environmental Economics 3 1*   4 Minimum of 1 year and maximum registration of 5 years
* Includes one free choice across all programmes subject to the approval of the Programme Convenor.