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MSc Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy


Course Description

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/

Visit the MSc Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Christina Siettou

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What attracted you to postgraduate study at Kent?

Once I completed my bachelors’ degree in Economics at home in Greece, I was interested in furthering my studies abroad. The most important elements affecting my decision were the experienced staff and the fact that Kent offered the exact course I was interested in, Applied Environmental Economics. Additional factors were the variety of societies offered and the beautiful and picturesque city of Canterbury.

How are you enjoying your course?

The course has exceeded my expectations. Since the beginning of my studies, I have encountered material I was not familiar with; we have tackled many issues pertinent to current global environmental problems. The MSc in Applied Environmental Economics includes modules with pure theoretical subjects such as Advanced Microeconomics, but also more practical subjects as Environmental Valuation. This allows me to thoroughly explore this particular area of economics and obtain an in-depth understanding of the interrelations of the environment and the economy. Of course, there always are some lectures that are slightly harder due to the nature of the modules but the staff are very approachable and always willing to assist. The thing I most enjoy about this course is that the modules are created in such a way that my interest has increased throughout the year, it motivates me to explore even further.

What support do you receive as a postgraduate?

One thing I discovered here at Kent is that you never feel left on your own. Starting from the friendly departmental staff to my personal tutor, Kent has created a warm environment that facilitates my studies. As a postgraduate student I can use a study room fully equipped with computers and a printer, giving me the opportunity to escape from the busy library. Furthermore, the fact that we have designated student representatives allows my colleagues and me to raise issues at a staff-student liaison committee, ensuring that if a problem might occur it will be promptly resolved.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

My plans after graduating are to pursue a career as an environmental economist, either here in England or back home, and maybe even embark on studying for a PhD. The knowledge I will obtain from my degree will definitely help me pursue my future goals.


(Scholarship)

Scholarships for Excellence - 7 Awards

The School of Economics is offering a number of scholarships for outstanding students on MSc programmes for 2016/17.A number of Scholarships for Excellence, worth 60% of the tuition fee for one year, are available for outstanding students, either Home/EU or Overseas.

Value of Scholarship(s)

60% of the tuition fee

Eligibility

All our scholarships will be awarded to the best qualified students on a competitive basis. Students may be considered for more than one scholarship, but they will not be awarded more than one. The award of these scholarships is conditional on students accepting a University of Kent School of Economics offer for a place to study.

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for any of the School of Economics scholarships should complete a short application form. Early application is encouraged.The closing date for this scholarship is Monday 27 June 2016. Decisions will be made shortly after this date.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/prospective/postgraduate/pgfunding.html


(Scholarship)

Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS) Scholarship - Single Award

The School of Economics is offering a number of scholarships for outstanding students on MSc programmes for 2016/17.The Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS), is offering a one-year scholarship of £3,000 open to students applying for the MSc in Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy who have a good first degree.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000

Eligibility

All scholarships will be awarded to the best qualified students on a competitive basis. Students may be considered for more than one scholarship, but they will not be awarded more than one. The award of these scholarships is conditional on students accepting a University of Kent School of Economics offer for a place to study.

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for any of the School of Economics scholarships should complete a short application form. Early application is encouraged.The closing date for all scholarships is Monday 27 June 2016. Decisions will be made shortly after this date.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/prospective/postgraduate/pgfunding.html


(Scholarship)

School of Economics Alumni Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The School of Economics is offering Alumni Scholarships of £1,000 each, available for undergraduates currently studying at Kent’s School of Economics who will graduate in July and continue with an MSc starting in September 2015. These scholarships are in addition to a Kent Graduate School Scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

To be eligible students must achieve a final overall mark of 65% or above. Students may be considered for more than one scholarship, but they will not be awarded more than one. The award of these scholarships is conditional on students accepting a University of Kent School of Economics offer for a place to study.

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for any of the School of Economics scholarships should complete a short application form. Early application is encouraged.The closing date for alumni scholarships is Friday 1 July 2016 at 12 noon. Decisions will be made shortly after this date.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/prospective/postgraduate/pgfunding.html



Entry Requirements

A good first degree (good second class honours or equivalent) in economics or another relevant subject, plus evidence of a quantitative background. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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