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MSc Environmental Economics and Environmental Management


Course Description

Description

The management of natural resources increasingly needs skills in both the assessment of environmental impact and an understanding of the economic processes leading to sustainable management. Coupled with new ways of looking at non-market valuation, natural capital accounting and how human behaviour affects resource use, this course integrates environmental sciences and aspects of social science to deliver multi-disciplinary training in environmental management with particular regard to the economic valuation and use of natural respources.

The MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management (EEEM) is a specialised programme of advanced interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in the economics and management of natural resources. From the field of ecology, it offers insights into the functioning of ecological systems, and the nature of the ecological feedback mechanisms responding to the economic utilisation of these systems. From the field of environmental economics, it offers insights into the optimal utilisation and management of scarce ecological resources, and the effects of economic activities on the natural environment. As a result students learn how to incorporate environmental feedback into the economic decision-making process in a way that satisfies the goals of both ecological resource managers and resource economists.

In particular, the MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management aims to:

*Provide students with advanced knowledge of, and skills in, economics and management of natural resources
*Develop critical and analytical capability in relation to the economics and management of environmental resources
*Provide students with training in: quantitative methods, bibliography/computing skills, research management, personal development and a range of other skills relevant to post-graduate employment
*Develop students’ interpersonal skills
*Assist students to develop the skills required for both self-study practice and team-working

The MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management provides an academic qualification for those intending to work or already working in the area of environmental management. It also serves as preparation for those who wish to enrol on a PhD course in this research field. Students also have the possibility to transfer from the MSc programme to the MPhil/PhD programme at the end of the taught module component.

Content

All Environment degree programmes have a 'modular' structure, where each module comprises a 10 credit unit or multiple of this. A 10 credit module is equivalent to 100 hours of work, typically comprising 18 contact hours with staff and 82 hours of private-study for a lecture-based module. Modules involving field and laboratory classes have a higher proportion of contact time. The MSc course comprises both compulsory and optional modules and students must accumulate 180 credits.

There are four core taught modules, which amount to 50 credits:

Current Research in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management (10 credits)
Applied Environmental Economics (10 credits)
Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Areas (10 credits)
Research Skills and Statistical Methods (20 credits)

You'll also choose 50 credits from a range of optional modules:

Business and Environment (10 credits)
Development Economics (20 credits)
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (20 credits)
Environmental Governance (10 credits)
Environmental Impact Assessment (10 credits)
Spatial Analysis (10 credits)

Finally, an 80 credit dissertation forms a major component of the MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management. The dissertation involves the application of economic theory and methodology to a problem in environmental economics and environmental management.

Visit the MSc Environmental Economics and Environmental Management page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.1, ideally with with some economics and/or ecology at degree level. A 2:2 may be considered, particularly where the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate industrial or other relevant work experience.

Course Fees

2016/17 Home/EU: £6,650; Overseas: £15,680


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