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.

Environmental issues at local, national and global levels are among the foremost challenges facing society today, and the result of complex interactions of natural processes with economic forces and policies.

Environmental Economics by distance learning 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 professionals with a primary interest in environmental issues and public policy. The elective modules provide opportunities to develop research skills, expertise in environmental management relevant to the needs of business and consultancy, and applied sector specific expertise.

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.