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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The MPhil/PHD in Environmental Economics programme offers the chance to undertake a substantial piece of research which makes an original contribution to the field of environmental economics and is worthy of publication.

Students are first registered on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD student status. The programme culminates with an examination/viva in which your work is scrutinised by two experts in the area of research in which you have specialised.

Over the last two decades, the tools of economic analysis have become indispensable in analysing environmental problems and providing the basis for developing sustainable policy solutions. With rising employment opportunities in this field, student demand has also grown for doctoral courses offering rigorous, state-of-the-art training in environmental, natural resource and climate change economics. The MPhil/PhD Programme in Environmental Economics responds to this increased demand and builds on growing research at LSE in environmental, resource and climate change economics, and other related subjects. In particular, the Department of Geography and Environment currently has the largest group of full-time academic environmental economists in any UK university, and one of the largest internationally. Importantly, the Department enjoys close links with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

The MPhil/PhD Environmental Economics aims to:

  • provide advanced knowledge of the principles and conceptual foundations of environmental economics
  • equip you with the analytical tools and methodological understanding needed to develop original research in the field
  • expose you to the most recent developments and debates in environmental and natural resource economics
  • prepare you for careers in research and academia, international organisations, the private/consultancy sector, NGOs, or governmental institutions.

Progression and assessment

Once on the MPhil/PhD programme you will go through a First Year Progress Review taking place in the Summer Term of your first research year. This is Year 1 for students in the +3 programme and Year 2 for students in the 1+3 programme. For the First Year Progress Review, you must submit a written progress report containing an extensive and updated research proposal (typically including an introduction to the topic and motivation for the research; aims and objectives/research questions; contribution to knowledge; summary of methods to be used; and outline of the work to be done) and either a comprehensive literature review or a substantive draft of a chapter/paper as evidence of progress made during the year.

Careers

We prepare students for a variety of careers: in academia; international organisations such as the World Bank, OECD, UNEP or European Commission; private/consultancy sector (eg, renewable energy firms, water companies, environment consultancies, etc), NGOs or high-profile positions in governmental institutions.

Previous graduates of the programme have gone on to positions in the following institutions:

  • International institutions: World Bank in Washington DC, The European Commission
  • Academia and research: Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Virginia; Brighton University; Grantham Research Institute.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,368per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

  • University League Table

    4th

  • Campus address

    London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, Houghton Street, Westminster, WC2A 2AE, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    5th out of 78

    7th out of 72

  • Entry standards

    / Max 233
    178 80%

    10th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%

    8th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.74 75%

    74th

    1
  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    164 78%

    12th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88 88%

    2nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%

    64th

    8

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