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The MSc in Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy prepares you for a career as a professional economist dealing with national and international issues in the area of food, agriculture and the environment. Read more
The MSc in Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy prepares you for a career as a professional economist dealing with national and international issues in the area of food, agriculture and the environment.

You gain a deep understanding of economic theory and policy, and their application to the environment at local, regional and global levels. The programnme develops your analytical ability to evaluate agri-environmental policy options that could be used to combat a wide range of issues including air and water pollution, bidiversity management, climate change, natural resources, and protection of rural areas.

All of our MSc degrees equip you with a range of quantitative and analytical skills, and the ability to communicate complex economic concepts in a clear and concise style. Our programmes not only offer a stimulating education in economic theory, but also develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills to a range of national and international problems in the areas of finance, development, agriculture and the environment.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/191/agri-environmental-economics-and-policy

Course structure

The MSc in Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy is studied over one year full-time or two years part-time and is divided into two stages: eight taught modules (seven of which are compulsory) and a dissertation.

The compulsory modules provide a basis for you to acquire the basic skills for the programme, regardless of your first degree background, while the optional module enables you to acquire a broader understanding of the issues in growth and development, trade and development, or further your skills in econometrics. All MSc students take a module in Research Methods, which provides practical skills and knowledge for MSc-level research.

All of our MSc programmes require some mathematical analysis, and we recognise that students have widely differing backgrounds in mathematics. The first week of all our MSc programmes includes compulsory intensive teaching in mathematics, refreshing and improving your skills in order to equip you with the techniques you will need for the rest of the programme.

Students who successfully pass the taught element of the programme, proceed to the dissertation stage, where you undertake a supervised project of your choice on an applied issue in environmental economics. Advice on choice of dissertation topic and management is given during the taught stage of the programme. The dissertation stage develops students’ research skills and follows on from the Research Methods module. Student dissertations are supervised by academic staff.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

EC802 - Advanced Microeconomics of Consumers, Marketsand Welfare (15 credits)
EC817 - Research Methods (15 credits)
EC821 - Econometric Methods (15 credits)
EC829 - Environmental Valuation (15 credits)
EC831 - Rural and Peasant Economies (15 credits)
EC832 - Political Economy of Public Policy (15 credits)
EC834 - Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy (15 credits)
EC825 - Applied Microeconometrics (15 credits)
EC803 - Trade and Development (15 credits)
EC815 - Growth and Development Theory (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is through a wide variety of methods including seminar presentations, extended essays, short projects, in-class tests, examinations, and the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide a stimulating education in the principles of agri-environmental economics and their application, in which high-quality teaching motivates you to achieve your full potential. The teaching is informed by the research and scholarship of teaching staff

- build on your existing knowledge, abilities and skills and develop a deeper understanding of economic theory, econometric and quantitative techniques, and policy and their applications to food, agriculture, environment and rural development

- provide options to enable you to study related subjects in the area of econometrics, trade and development

- develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of applied, national and international policy problems in the area of food agriculture and environment

- develop your independent research skills

- provide you with information and advice on future employment and further postgraduate study.

Research areas

Labour and education economics
Staff research includes work in the areas of wage distributions, skills and job quality, education, migration and trade.

Macroeconomics, money and finance
Staff research in this area includes: macroeconometric theory; monetary policy; financial markets and macroeconomic performance growth theory and international macroeconomics; theoretical models of business cycles, labour market search and financial sources of economic fluctuations; DSGE models; growth theory and empirics.

Microeconomic theory, games and behaviour
Research interests cover public economics especially tax policy; gambling and uncertainty; international trade and government procurement; health economics; public goods; leadership in co-ordination games; industrial organisation; theoretic modelling; economic history.

Development economics
Research interests include work on growth; trade; the balance of payments; different aspects of migration and remittances on growth; applied studies focusing on particular developing countries.

Agri-environmental economics
Research interests cover non-market valuation, food safety, information economics applied to environmental problems, design and evaluation of agri-environmental policies, biodiversity, agricultural productivity, European agricultural policy, agricultural trade policy.

Transport and regional economics
Research strengths are the regional impact of transport investments; the economic evaluation of infrastructure; regulation and alternative funding models; the economics of public-private partnerships.

Careers

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

A postgraduate degree in the area of economics is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, business, UK and overseas governments, and to further postgraduate training and academic careers at Kent, UK and overseas universities. Recent MSc graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as BNP Paribas, AXA, FactSet and PwC.

The School's employability officers and the University's Careers and Employability Service are available throughout the year to offer one-to-one advice and help on all aspects of employability at any stage in your postgraduate studies. We also offer online advice on employability skills, career choices, applications and interview skills.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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Are you new to the business world or are you a seasoned professional? Regardless of your experience, the 100% online Masters in Management will equip you with the practical skills to move your career to the next level. Read more

Online Masters in Management:

Are you new to the business world or are you a seasoned professional? Regardless of your experience, the 100% online Masters in Management will equip you with the practical skills to move your career to the next level.

This qualification focuses on immediate practical application and will enable you to transfer insight and knowledge to your organisation through live assignments and case studies.

To download brochure click here

https://www.ashridge.org.uk/lp/mim/

Start dates: January, April, July, and October every year

How the Masters in Management can benefit you

‌•This online degree is suitable for working professionals like you who want:
‌•To earn a relevant Masters degree that helps make an immediate impact in your job and for your organisation
‌•To learn in a modern online environment that is flexible around your schedule
‌•To focus on a specific area or challenge in your organisation
‌•To be more effective in your current job

Virtual

Delivered 100% online, the Ashridge Masters in Management provides a high-level qualification that will make a real impact on you and your organisation from day one.

Through our innovative learning platform you can access programme content at any time from anywhere in the world: submit work, gain feedback and interact with your fellow participants, no matter how far apart you may be. Download podcasts, ebooks, webinars, forums, articles and audiobooks to acquire the knowledge you need in the format that best suits your learning style.

The virtual nature of this programme enables you to access it from anywhere in the world, at any time, and without the cost, environmental impact or inconvenience of travelling. It also means that your organisation does not suffer the cost of your absence while you study for extended periods of time. Take a look at the Learning Zone now: https://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/masters-in-management/programme-detail/learning-zone/

Flexible

The Ashridge Masters in Management is a very flexible programme enabling you to study anywhere at any time. You can defer modules to accommodate unexpected events at home or work.

The modules (People, Processes and Perspectives) can be completed in the order you wish at each stage meaning you can prioritise learning based on your needs.

Practical

The different organisation-based assignments and the Masters-level project ensure you apply new thinking to real pressures or opportunities (often predetermined by your sponsoring organisation) and enable you to offer valuable, practical advice across your organisation. This is executive education with an enabling, practical focus, designed with organisational success in mind.
There are no examinations. Instead, the programme is assessed by assignments and a project, which are all work-based. These work-based assignments allow you to immediately apply your learning to make a measurable impact at work and help you gain a deeper understanding of your organisation.

Benefits for participants

‌•Gain a thorough understanding of leadership and management
‌•Sharpen your skills as a leader, communicator and strategic thinker
‌•Gain a global perspective on current business issues and challenges
‌•Apply your learning immediately in your job
‌•Balance study, work and home life with this 100% online qualification
‌•Customise study to suit your personal development and business needs. decide when and how you study, which assessments to choose and the resources you use.
‌•Assignment-only assessments mean direct relevance to your job
‌•Network with fellow students online from a wide range of organisations all over the world

Benefits for your organisation

‌•The programme is run by the triple accredited, top ranked Ashridge Executive Education.
‌•It is designed to make a measurable and positive impact to your team and area of work immediately thanks to the practical assignments.
‌•Your organisation will benefit from ten business projects as you become an informed and committed ‘internal consultant’, which will help improve processes, save money, increase efficiency or highlight and combat weaknesses
‌•New ideas and best-practice solutions from participants in other countries and sectors can be shared with your organisation
‌•Studying online reduces the cost and time spent on travel.

The curriculum in more detail

Innovative method for graduate degree study
Ashridge’s Masters in Management allows you to balance work with graduate degree studies in a completely flexible way. Since the curriculum resides online, you have complete control over when and how you study, which assessment you choose, what resources you use, and what work-based research you undertake.

Practical assignments linked to your work
There are no exams. Instead, you are assessed by work-based assignments and a final project. The assignments allow you to immediately apply your learning and make a measurable impact to your daily work, providing a tangible and immediate benefit to your employer.

Final consulting project
The programme culminates in a project. The subject could be an area of particular interest to you, a business need, or both. It will help to develop your knowledge and skills in a range of business functions and apply these in a practical setting.

More information on the course content can be found here: https://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/masters-in-management/programme-detail/

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