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Course content

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.

Course details

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:

  • 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
  • how to modify national accounts to reflect resource depletion and pollution.

Learning and teaching

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

Learning settings

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.

Employability

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;

  • government ministries (the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, etc.)
  • public and private sector companies
  • international and non-governmental organisations
  • consultancy firms

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.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.


Visit the Environmental and Natural Resource Economics - MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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