MA/M.Econ.Sc. in Natural Resource Economics and Policy


This programme aims to produce graduates with analytical modeling skills and with the ability to draw on concepts coming from many different disciplines and fields of expertise to propose policy measures for sustainable development.

They will have the ability to influence the formulation of business and corporate strategies in the marine, energy and agriculture sectors and shape regulatory policy.

It also seeks to deepen students' knowledge of interactions between the economy, society and natural resources.

Course outline

This is an innovative programme for students interested in contributing to environmental policy and to sustainable long-term management of rural and urban resources. It aims to equip graduates with quantitative modelling skills to meet the diverse challenges of global climate change, sustainable development and environmental governance.

You will take courses in subjects such as

  • Microeconomics,
  • Urban and Rural Resource Governance
  • Data Management and Survey Techniques
  • Econometrics, Environmental Economics
  • Economic Modelling
  • Cost Benefit Analysis and Evaluation

In addition to coursework, students also complete a minor dissertation over a 3 month period. A number of internships in environmental, agricultural, energy or marine research institutes and/or development agencies, will also be offered. These will be competitive placements which will allow the student to apply the skills learned on the programme in a real-world environment.

Who teaches this course?

The programme is directed by a team of highly-respected teachers, researchers and consultants within the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway.

NUI Galway is also fortunate to be in close proximity to, and have a close relationship with, the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc, the Irish Marine Institute and SEAI. As such, Agricultural, Energy and Marine Policy Researchers within these organizations will participate in the delivery of the programme and these organizations will facilitate the placement of a number of students for work experience and the completion of their minor dissertation.

Find out more (from the prospectus) about the MA/M.Econ.Sc. in Natural Resource Economics and Policy

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