UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


New name for ISR's successful MSc in Sustainable Resources

9 January 2018

The MSc Sustainable Resources programme is changing its name


UCL ISR is changing the name of its successful MSc Sustainable Resources programme to better reflect its offering to students.

Now known as the MSc Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions, the programme will further focus on a broad, pro-active approach to resource management.

The unsustainable use of resources has implications for all sectors of activities and all world regions. The MSc Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions goes beyond conventional damage limitation approaches, giving you the tools to take positive action.

Traditionally, resource management has looked at the management of natural resources, focussing on reducing the damage. The MSc Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions takes a broader, pro-active approach. We want our graduates to be able to understand the complex dynamics driving resource use, identify the change that is needed, and the instruments ​that are needed to successfully implement those changes.

The new name for this MSc programme more accurately describes the skills and knowledge graduates will have to help them go and make a positive difference 


You will learn how to identify and understand the economic drivers behind unsustainable use of resources and identify systemic changes to improve sustainability, exploring market and system failures explaining current dynamics. 


Policies are needed to correct market and system failures. You will learn about policy approaches and instruments to alter current framework conditions and be able to anticipate impacts and unintended consequences of those policies. You will gain an understanding of policy mixes that can transform the economic system. 


You will learn about transition management, ways to move from current status quo towards more sustainable patterns of resource use. This will require understanding of how to transform current systems, manage change and adapt/modify governance structures towards a more sustainable future.