University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Ecosystem Services

This programme aims to enhance students' comprehension of the ecosystem processes that support us and other life forms. It also provides an intellectual basis for evaluating the contribution of ecosystems to human well-being, using tools from economics and the social sciences.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section); TOEFL-iBT total 100 (with no score lower than 20 in each section); a degree from an English speaking university may be accepted in some circumstances.

Course modules

Core courses: ecosystem services 1 (ecosystem dynamics and functions); analysing the environment; ecosystem services 2 (ecosystem values and management); analysing the environment study tour; research project in ecosystem services. Suggested option courses may include: Applications in ecological economics; climate change and corporate strategy; encountering cities; energy and society; environmental geochemistry; environmental impact assessment; forests and environment; foundations in ecological economics; frameworks to assess food security; fundamentals for remote sensing; human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability; integrated resource management; integrated resource planning; introduction to radar remote sensing; land use/environmental interactions; marine systems and policies; novel strategies for carbon storage in soil; participation in policy and planning; political ecology; principles of environmental sustainability; principles of geographical information science; research skills in the social sciences (data collection); soil protection and management; soil science concepts and application; sustainability of food production; understanding environment and development; values and the environment; waste reduction and recycling; water resource management.

Assessment methods


Sponsorship information

Ecosystem Services has historically secured several Scottish Funding Council Full Fee Scholarships as well as �5,000 Head of School Scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 21,350 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,825 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 10,675 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,220 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months
MSc Part-time £ 7,120 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Programme Director
Telephone number: 
0131 650 7722