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MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
19344 GBP
National
12504 GBP
EU
12504 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Geography & Environment
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

Environmental economics is playing an increasingly central role in understanding the causes of, and designing policy solutions to, contemporary environmental problems. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of human-induced climate change. Economic analyses have be en used to determine the net costs/benefits of different policy scenarios, to better understand how to achieve and sustain international co-operation, and to evaluate the efficiency of different environmental policy instruments.

Environmental economics has been instrumental in informing policy across the world: in market creation (such as for carbon), or the design of new interventions (such as payments for ecosystem services (PES)). In these, and across a wide range of other issues, from biodiversity and ecosystem loss, air pollution and the link between the environment and sustainable economic development, the theory and applied tools of environmental economics are uniquely placed to inform and guide decision-makers in addressing environmental challenges.

As a world-leading specialist MSc, the Environmental Economics and Climate Change programme at LSE enables students to develop an important set of skills with practical applications, including:

  • A strong understanding of environmental and resource economics, its conceptual foundations and practical tools of analysis, including state-of-the-art quantitative methods
  • An ability to apply economic concepts and quantitative methods to the analysis, appraisal and valuation of a wide range of environmental problems and policies
  • An awareness of the importance of context, both from an institutional and policy perspective, when applying the concepts and tools of environmental economics
  • An in-depth understanding of climate change, including its scientific, economic and political dimensions

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Eligibility Criteria

2:1 degree in any discipline, preferably social science. Will consider appropriate work experience in addition to sound academic background background.

English Language Requirments:

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • Your first language is English, or
  • Your current or previous degree is taught/assessed entirely in English (we will need official confirmation of this if it is not stated on your transcript), or
  • You have passed a recognised Standardised English Language Test (SELT) at an appropriate level.

For degree programmes outside the UK you will need to obtain at least 70 per cent of the available marks in your final year examinations. If your institution uses the cumulative grade point average (GPA) system you should normally have a GPA of at least 3.5 (out of 4) or above.

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Course Modules

Compulsory courses
(* half unit)

  • Environmental and Resource Economics examines the foundations of environmental and resource economics, the economics of pollution control, the economics of renewable and non-renewable resources and the study of international environmental problems and agreements.
  • Applied Quantitative Methods* provides an introduction to quantitative methods in use in modern environmental and resource economics.
  • Climate Change: Science, Economics and Policy* is an interdisciplinary analysis of the issue of climate change.
  • Dissertation:  Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one full unit from a range of options. If you are planning to apply for a PhD within the Department, please be advised that you need to take some methods training as part of the MSc. Contact your MSc programme director and the Director of Graduate studies to discuss this requirement.

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How to Apply

You must apply early, as competition for programmes at LSE is intense. Your application will not be considered until we have received all your supporting documents. Wherever possible you should submit all of your documents with your online application. You should expect to wait an average of 8 weeks for a decision when applying for a taught programme, decisions for a research programme may take longer than this.

Important: LSE expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

You should also upload your supporting documents with your application. You should scan and upload your transcripts and request references to be submitted online. The online application allows you to submit your complete application securely and quickly. Your application will not be processed until we have received all the required documents.

Supporting documents

All applications must be accompanied by supporting documents. Some of these are required by all applicants, others are only needed for specific programmes. Details of specific requirements are given on the programme pages.

  • Use common sense when reading this information. We are being as clear as we can about our requirements and there are no trick questions or hidden traps.
  • We ask you to provide the documents as requested (or as close to them as you can manage) so that we can make a good decision on your application.
  • Don't overload your application with extra documents - the selectors won't have time to read them and we really don't need them.
  • Don't panic about the length of your personal statement or research proposal - just be sensible about what you want to write and how much a selector might want to read.
  • We offer guidance to help you. Read it and act sensibly on it.
  • Please do not send supporting documents directly to departments as this will delay your application.

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