Studiengang Details

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics MSc

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Taught language

Business and Economics, Naturwissenschaften

Program Emphasis
Nachhaltigkeit, Natürliche Ressourcen, Rohstoffe

Course options
Part-time study, full-time study

Environmental and natural resource economists deal every day with the most challenging problems facing mankind: global climatic change, environmental pollution, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and food poverty, to name but a few. This programme is aimed at providing you with the skills necessary to understand the fundamental causes of contemporary environmental problems, and to design policies to solve them.

Our programme is unique in that it combines a solid foundation in key areas of economics, with specialized field courses. Our students receive a thorough grounding in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics, alongside an in-depth knowledge of the economics and policy of environmental pollution, renewable and non-renewable resource use, as well as the interaction between globalization and environmental degradation. In addition, we emphasize the development of the quantitative skills necessary to understand and perform empirical work in economics, with particular attention to the valuation of environmental goods in monetary terms.

Over your stay at the University of Birmingham, you can expect to learn about global environmental pollutants and climate change, emissions trading schemes, the links between trade and the environment, the role of innovation and technological change policy in securing a transition to a low carbon economy, the optimal management of fisheries and forests as well as fossil fuels and mineral resources, hedonic analysis and choice experiments as methods of valuing intangible goods, and how to modify national accounts to reflect resource depletion and pollution.

Requirements / Application

We welcome applications from students with a good honours first degree (or overseas equivalent) in Economics or a related discipline. We expect our students to have received a good training in economics, to at least intermediate level, and to have sufficient knowledge of calculus and statistics. However, we are willing to consider applications from a diverse range of highly motivated applicants, and will also consider previous work experience alongside academic qualifications. We encourage all applicants to submit a detailed CV.

Tuition / Fees

£9,000 (Home/EU)
£17,730 (Overseas)

Duration of study

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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