SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Environmental Economics

Online and Distance Learning Programme

Duration: MSc/PGDip min. 2 years / PGCert min. 1 year

  • Overview
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Employment
  • How to Apply

Overview

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Minimum Entry Requirements: A good first degree in an appropriate subject area, as accepted by the University of London, and a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

Start of programme: February / May

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Who is this programme for?:

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.


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

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. 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. 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.

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

Email: cedepadmin@soas.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7898 4050

Structure

Environmental Economics is available as a Master of Science, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate. The table below outlines the programme structure of each level.

Core Elective Research Duration
MSc 4 3* 2 2-5
PGDip 4 4* 2-5
PGCert 3 1* 1-5

* including one free choice from across all programmes (subject to approval on the Programme Convenor)

Core modules
Elective modules
  • Ethics for Environment and Development
Research component (MSc only)
Strengthening quantitative skills

It is recommended that students whose basic quantitative analysis skills are weak should also take a non-examined module:Quantitative methods (CF04) at or near the start of their studies. Study materials may be obtained from CeDEP’s online learning environment.

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning


Academic level


All CeDEP programmes are taught to Master’s (Second Cycle) level, which involves building upon existing knowledge and understanding typically associated with the Bachelor’s (First Cycle) level or its equivalent. Study at Master’s level requires:

  • originality in developing and/or applying ideas, and extending or enhancing previous learning
  • application of knowledge and understanding, including problem solving in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts
  • integration of knowledge and handling of complexity
  • formulating judgements with incomplete or limited information, including reflection on social and ethical responsibilities
  • clear and unambiguous communication of conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • learning skills to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous.

Prospective students should note that distance education of this kind demands a high degree of commitment, determination and self-discipline. Whilst CeDEP provides significant support through the tutorial system and by other means, students taking on programmes of this nature should possess a strong measure of self-reliance.

Study Expectations

How long will it take?

For students in full time employment, the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma usually take three or four years to complete and the Certificate 2 years.


Master of Science (MSc)
Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Certificate
Minimum registration period 2 years 2 years 1 years
Minimum registration period 5 years 5 years 5 years


Below is a recommended progression pathway for those intending to complete an MSc in three years:

1st Year
(February / May)
2nd Year
(February / May)
2nd Year
(November)
3rd Year
(February / May)

Modules
3 x core modules

1 x core module

Research Methods
1 x elective module

Dissertation 2 x elective modules


Students wishing to register for more than three modules in their first year should satisfy their academic programme convenor that their personal circumstances will allow sufficient study time for this on a weekly basis (e.g. those students not in employment or in part-time employment).

When can I study?

You can begin your studies in either February or May. The examinations for all students are in late September or early October. The study periods are 30 weeks for students starting in February and 15 weeks for those starting in May.

How many hours a week?

For the 30 week study period starting in February, you will need to allocate 5 hours of study time per module, per week. For students starting their studies in May with the shorter 15 week session, 10 hours per module, per week is recommended.

Assessment


How you will be assessed

The final assessment for each module is a two-hour unseen examination held on a specific date in late September or early October. This exam is worth 80% of your total module mark.

The remaining 20% of your mark is determined by an Examined Assignment. This assignment is submitted during the study year and marked by your tutor. Assignments are submitted to CeDEP electronically via the virtual learning environment.

Examination arrangements

Examinations are held in students’ countries of residence, using the University of London’s network of approved Overseas Examination Authorities. Fees for taking examinations are the responsibility of the student.

Assessment of the Research Component

The Research Component comprises two modules:

  1. Research Methods, and
  2. Dissertation.

Research Methods is assessed through two examined assignments (each worth 50% of the module mark) submitted during the study year.

The Dissertation is assessed through a proposal (worth 20% of the module mark) submitted in February, followed by a 10,000 word dissertation (worth 80% of the module mark) submitted in September.

In order to qualify for an MSc, it is mandatory for CeDEP students to pass the Research Component.

Research Component (MSc students only)

The Dissertation is usually carried out during the final year of registration, once all core modules and the Research Methods module are complete.

The Research Methods module provides skills and techniques which will assist with the subsequent development and conduct of your research and preparation of your Dissertation. Research Methods can only be studied in the February study session. Therefore, if you are intending to complete your MSc in two years, you must register for Research Methods alongside your core modules in February of your first year.

You can apply to study the Dissertation once

  • you have completed all your core modules and Research Methods, or
  • you have submitted all the relevant assignments and exams, and are awaiting results.

 You will be required to submit a short topic form, outlining your initial ideas for your Dissertation research, when you make your application.

The Dissertation involves conducting desk or field-based research in a relevant topic of their choice. All research topics are subject to approval and each student is assigned a personal supervisor. The period between November and February is used for background reading and preparation of the assessed proposal, after which the main research work takes place.

 

Employment

Graduates of this programme will typically find work as environmental economists and advisers in the following fields:

  • government ministries undertaking environmental planning and policy analysis work
  • public and private sector companies conducting analyses of the environmental effects of economic activity
  • international and non-governmental organisations concerned with the environmental implications of economic change and the economic implications of global environmental change
  • consultancy work within the broad arena of environmental economics and policy
  • applied research and teaching in institutions of research and higher education

A Student's Perspective

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How to Apply

Complete our online application form

Not ready to apply? Take a look at our guides on applying below:

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

Session one Session two
Application deadline 1 November 2017 30 March 2018
Enrolment deadline 30 November 2017 13 April 2018
Session start 5 February 2018 21 May 2018
Session end 30 September 2018 30 September 2018 

Your completed application will be reviewed by a member of academic staff. If your application is successful, we will send you an official offer within ten working days and you will be asked to submit the relevant supporting documentation. Once in receipt of our offer, we recommend submitting your documents immediately.

Supporting documentation for applications

Applicants will be required to provide the following supporting documentation giving evidence of the following:
  • Full name and date of birth
  • Qualifications (including English language proficiency, where required)

For details about the acceptable forms of evidence, along with information about getting your documents verified, please visit the supporting documents page.

It is your responsibility to arrange for all the necessary documentation to be obtained in support of your application. We cannot undertake this on your behalf.

Please note that, if necessary, we reserve the right to verify your qualifications with the relevant awarding body and to request further information from you about your background.

All supporting documentation must be received by the application deadline.

Please send your supporting documents to the following address:

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street
London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom