Climate change, deforestation and unsustainable use of resources are all issues at the top of the environmental agenda. An understanding of the interactions between the environment and economics is essential for developing appropriate policies to tackle global issues in the long term.
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.
The Environmental and Natural Resource Economics MSc 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 emphasise 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.
During your time studying the Environmental and Natural Resource Economics MSc at Birmingham Business School, you can expect to learn about:
The Department of Economics boasts a large group of academics highly active in the field of Environmental Economics.
You will be taught by senior members of staff, who regularly publish in the leading journals in their fields, such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Ecological Economics.
We also value excellence in teaching; all our lecturers have received outstanding teaching evaluations, and one of them is a co-author of the best-selling environmental economics textbook in Europe.
The Department of Economics also has numerous PhD students, many working on environment related projects, some of which graduated from our MSc course. We foster a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment by regularly hosting a range of visiting speakers, running a specialized seminar series, and organising postgraduate workshops inviting students from other leading universities
Set in landscaped gardens this multi-million pound home to Birmingham Business School is equipped with the latest facilities and technology to ensure your studies are inspired by their surroundings. Lectures and teaching will take place in a variety of versatile lecture theatres and breakout rooms which, as well as the traditional whiteboard and pen, are equipped with wireless connection and constantly updated technology including all the audio-visual equipment that you would expect from one of the UK’s premier insitutions.
This programme provides rigorous training in environmental and resource economics. This will prove valuable to employers in local and national government, government agencies, environmental organisations, business and academia.
In recent years, our students have gone on to take up positions in;
Some of our graduates pursue further studies either in Birmingham or elsewhere, and go on to research and teaching careers in institutions of research and higher education.
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The internationally recognised Camborne School of Mines is offering a brand new Mining Professional Programme, comprising a suite of courses for international mining staff giving an insight into every part of the mining business.
You will start by getting a flexible, industry-relevant immersion into the mining value chain and this can be followed by more detailed study of Mining Engineering: an integrated postgraduate programme delivered by mining experts and aligned with industry needs.
This is the future of mining education; industry aligned courses, learning while you work, forming interdisciplinary industry wide professional networks and exposure to diverse international mining practices.
Open to experienced mining industry staff; even without degrees but with appropriate experience, the course opens up the entire mining value chain, from finance, mineral deposit geology and exploration through mining and mineral processing methods to environmental & social impacts and mine closure.
The overall aim is to equip students with the business knowledge of the entire mining pipeline and the technical knowledge to support career progression in the area of mining operations. Students will gain interdisciplinary mine-site problem solving, and critical industry insight.
The programme is suitable for mining, engineering and geology graduates currently employed in the minerals industry, and other commercial and technical mining staff with suitable experience. The course cohort will ideally comprise those with widely differing roles across the mining industry. The blended learning approach allows these industry staff to undertake accredited educational studies while maintaining their industry work roles.
In addition to gaining the headline qualification, the programme will also deliver the following unique benefits:
• The course is particularly designed for those currently working in industry
• Establishing networks with industry professionals and across specialisms
• Opportunity to view world class mines during the mine study tour
• A value chain view of the mining industry
• Industry focused using real world case studies and examples
• Involves both technical and professional skills development
Diverse course delivery methods and assessment types are utilized to develop well-rounded Mining Professionals with broad industry knowledge.
This programme provides a robust understanding of the complete mining life cycle, from exploration and development to extraction and processing methods to waste management and mine closure. It is an excellent programme for new entrants into the mining business as a fast-track career induction.
The following are examples of the modules you might expect to study;
• Module 1 - Discovery: Introduction to the Mining Value Chain; Introduction to Geology, Rock Properties and Ore Forming Processes; Mineral Exploration; The Mining Business and Mineral Economics.
• Module 2 - Design: Deposit Evaluation and Resource Estimation; Introduction to Mining Methods and Mine Method Selection; Mine Planning and Mine Construction and Pre-production Decision Making
• Module 3 - Recovery: Principles of Surface Mining Operations; Principles of Underground Mining Operations; Mineral Processing; Mine Waste Management and Mineral Products
• Module 4 - Impacts: Environmental and Social Impacts of Mining; Economic Impacts of Mining (downstream and side stream investment); Mine Closure and Remediation and Corporate and Social Responsibility and the License to Operate
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. Please see the website for up to date information http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/mining-engineering/pgcert-mining-professional/#Programme-structure
You gain two complementary areas of knowledge in studying Oil and Gas Law and Economics to understand the complex environment of state controlled hydrocarbon and mineral extraction in a high risk industry in terms of extraction safety, risks, reliability, environment and returns. On the legal side you understand the regulation of the oil and gas industry from the heart of the industry in Aberdeen gaining valuable teaching rooted in research and learning from decades of studying and collaborating with the energy industry. On top of this huge knowledge base across the supply chain you gain further knowledge of managing uncertainty, licensing, taxation, and contracts which require a degree of legal and economic knowledge. University of Aberdeen is already well known and highly regarded due to its ability to interpret the needs of the industry and close collaboration often with Advisory Boards from the industry.
Within the world of academia the programmes of note are MSc Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance, LLM International Commercial Law and LLM in Oil and Gas and Energy which have consistently trained top professionals in the industry.. Aberdeen provides a high international profile of energy specialists in the University and expertise in the industry. You benefit from world leading researchers in Energy Economics such as Professor Alex Kemp, OBE. You benefit from access to the Aberdeen Institute of Energy, powered by the University and our strong links with industry and policymakers.
Our MSc in Law and Economics of Oil and Gas is intellectually challenging and provides career-ready credentials to help increase your employability in legal and financial oil and gas contexts. If you want to improve your oil and gas knowledge, work globally or locally to specific hubs career opportunities could include: Commercial Adviser, Energy and Business Consultant, Investment Analyst, Market Analyst, Oil and Gas Associates, Project Manager
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This full time 12 month intensive programme is designed to provide advanced specialised training for earth science graduates, leading to excellent employment opportunities in the extractive industry. It is suitable for those who already have an honours degree in geology, mining/minerals engineering or a related subject.
You will attain a comprehensive understanding of the role of a geoscientist working in the mining industry. New skills include underground geological and geotechnical mapping, surveying, mineral exploration, ore microscopy, ore deposit modelling and mine planning. In-depth coverage of mineral resource estimation and grade control, mineral extraction and management, mining law and the environmental impact of mining, enable skills in quantifying the economic value of an ore body and assessing its potential for exploitation to be attained. There is emphasis on acquiring knowledge of the geological characteristics and genesis, methods of exploration, extraction and processing techniques of the major types of metalliferous ore deposit, bulk commodities and industrial minerals.
Taught modules are presented over two semesters and individual projects are undertaken throughout the summer vacation, often as industrial placements with a mining/exploration company. Recent projects have been carried out in all major mining countries on six continents, including Australia, Tanzania, Mongolia, Chile as well as in the UK.
You will study 180 credits to obtain an MSc and 120 credits for a PgDip
The compulsory modules can include;
Some examples of the optional modules are;
The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand
Formal teaching ends in late April/May with a field excursion to examine the geology and visit mines in an area of the world famous for its mining activity. Extensive use is made of Camborne School of Mines' underground mine facilities, laboratories, mineral processing pilot plant, and the superb field geology and extractive industry operations in South West England.
The Master of Applied Science is a Research degree requiring a thesis. Students can specialize in any of the following areas: social issues in mining, mining engineering, mineral processing, mining and the environment, Rock mechanics, Mine Economics, Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility, etc.
Backed by an unparalleled reputation for expertise and innovation in mineral extraction, mineral processing and environmental protection, the graduate program in Mining Engineering has two types of students in mind:
In order to best meet the needs of these two groups, the program encourages interaction between universities in North America and other countries. In many cases, this collaborative outlook leads to joint research projects and student exchanges.