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Master in Economics and Ecology

Toulouse School of Economics
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Master in Economics and Ecology

Program description

Master in Economics and Ecology

Living species are now disappearing at an accelerating rate because of human action, and ecologists agree that the survival of human societies is intimately dependent on the survival of other species.

Countries and international organizations are taking action to address this problem:

  • In France: new law on biodiversity, creation of the French Agency for Biodiversity...
  • At the international level: the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the European Union's Biodiversity Strategy and the designation of 2011-2020 as the "Decade on Biodiversity".

In this context, Toulouse School of Economics, in partnership with the University Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier, offers a new interdisciplinary specialization: the Master in "Economics and Ecology".

In the 1st year, Students attend a rigorous academic program in the different economic disciplines and quantitative techniques for social sciences. The common core courses allow them to deepen their knowledge and the elective courses allow students to build up their careers projects, taking into account the specializations in the second year of the master’s programs.

In the 2nd year, this master provides students with a unique set of skills aimed at measuring both the impact of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and at assessing, analyzing and recommending economic policies that influence human behavior and its consequences on biodiversity and ecosystems.

Admission requirements

First year admission: 

  • Aimed at English speakers
  • Students should hold a BSc in Economics, Applied Mathematics within a recognized curriculum considered as consistent with the program and approved by the TSE selection committee.

Second year admission:

  • Admission is based on academic excellence criteria.
  • Applicants from the French system must have passed the TSE International track Master 1 (1st year Master’s) in Economics or another French University master in Applied Mathematics or an equivalent degree (e.g., engineering school)
  • For foreign degree holders, the required degrees are either a BSc, M.A., or MSc, within a recognized curriculum regarded as consistent with the program and approved by the TSE Selection Committee. 
  • Some brushing-up in Economics or Maths might be advisable in some cases. Working knowledge of English is obviously required.

Note: student can apply to either to the full program (i.e. the two years) or directly to the 2nd year (refer to the Admission section) TSE also offers an other master in Environment: Master in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Courses first year

Semester 1

  • Game Theory
  • Theory of Incentives
  • Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Econometrics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • R programming
  • Professional Development
  • French as a Foreign Language

Semester 2

  • Public economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Program Evaluation

Courses second year 

Semester 3

  • Applied project in Ecology and Economics
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Structures & Dynamics of Ecological Systems
  • Population Demography & Life-history Theory
  • Ecology - concepts and experiments
  • Datanomics: regulation of data spreading and data protection

Semester 4

  • Sustainable management and evaluation of ecosystems
  • Ecosystem Management and Policies
  • Stage ou Mémoire

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

For the academic year 2021-2022, the enrollment fees amount to:

  • 209 euros for a master's degree + 34 euros for the commun documentation service (payable only once for the same academic year)
  • Master's degree - international track: additional training fees of 5,500 euros.

Non-EU students will have to pay the differentiated registration fees from 2021-2022 academic year:

  • €3,770 per year at the master’s level

Career opportunities

Students will be put in an excellent position to work in any public or private organization that seeks to evaluate both the ecological and the economic consequences of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystems. Examples of such organizations include:

  • Large companies
  • Governmental bodies (both at the national and at the local level)
  • NGOs
  • Supranational organizations

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About this institute

Toulouse School of Economics

Toulouse School of Economics is a world-leading centre for research and higher education, chaired by Nobel Prize Laureate Jean Tirole and the economics department of Toulouse Capitole University. TSE offers world-class undergraduate and graduate programs delivered by renowned researchers. TSE's...

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Toulouse School of Economics offers high-quality teaching in economics with high employability rates in a very international atmosphere.

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Toulouse School of Economics

1 Esplanade de l'Université
31080 Toulouse Cedex 06

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