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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Both core and optional MPhil modules are reviewed on an annual basis.  This review may lead to either a change to the core and/or optional modules offered on a particular MPhil course.  Modules may be rescinded permanently or withdrawn on a temporary basis at any time.

Any information provided on Land Economy modules offered and their content is therefore subject to change and provided as guidance only to assist applicants with their choice of course.  Reading lists are also provided for information purposes only and do not constitute a final or definitive list. 

M.Phil. in Environmental Policy 2020-2021

The MPhil in Environmental Policy provides advanced training in environmental economics, environmental law and quantitative/qualitative methods designed to give you a solid grounding in the concepts and theories that shape environmental policy.

The foundations are laid in two compulsory pathway core modules which are taken over the Michaelmas and the Lent Terms: International Environmental Law (EP01) and Environmental economics and; policy (EP02).

There is also a compulsory Research Methods (RM01) module taught in Michaelmas Term and the Dissertation, Research Design and Structure

(DRDS) module (that runs over the course of the MPhil).

The MPhil also allows you to tailor your course of study to your own interests and to emphasise the legal or the economic aspects of environmental policy. This is made possible through the selection of modules in Michaelmas and Lent Terms as well as through your choice of the dissertation topic.

Course structure

The MPhil in Environmental Policy is modular and the examination consists of 10 units. The core pathway modules (Environmental Economics and International Environmental Law) count as 2 units each. The Research Methods module counts as 1 unit. The Dissertation, Research Design and Structure module counts as 2 units. This allows students to choose 3 optional modules (1 in Michaelmas Term and 2 in Lent Term). Each optional module counts as 1 unit.

Compulsory modules

EP01 International environmental law (Michaelmas and Lent Term) (2 units)
EP02 Environmental economics and policy (Michaelmas and Lent Term) (2 units)
RM01 Mixed research methods (Michaelmas Term) (1 unit)
Dissertation, Research Design, and Structure (Michaelmas Term) (2 units)

Optional modules

Students are required to choose 1 optional module in Michaelmas Term (examined by coursework) and 2 optional modules in Lent Term (examined by examination). The optional modules are as follows:

RM02 Further topics in quantitative methods (Lent Term) (1 unit)
RM03 Spatial Analysis and Modelling (Lent Term) (1 unit)
EP06 Energy and climate change (Lent Term) (1 unit)
EP07 National, Comparative, and European Environmental Law and Policy (Lent Term) (1 unit)
EP08 Comparative environmental policy (Michaelmas Term) (1 unit)
PGR03 Spatial economics (Lent term) (1 unit)
PGR04 Institutions and development I (Michaelmas Term) (1 unit)
PGR05 Institutions and development II (Lent Term) (1 unit)
RE03 Real estate development process (Lent Term) (1 unit)
RE04 The macroeconomy and housing (Michaelmas Term) (1 unit)
RE05 Legal Issues in Land Use and Finance (Lent Term) (1 unit)

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