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MSc Environmental Economics and Environmental Management

Explore sustainable solutions for environmental problems

2017/18 entry

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2017 (term dates)

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You'll develop the skills needed by today's environmental managers, policymakers and scientists to tackle environmental issues at local, regional and global levels. You'll be prepared for a wide range of careers across the public and private sectors. This Masters also provides a good basis for further study at PhD level.

The core modules will provide you with knowledge in Environmental Economics and a appreciation of the challenges to which economic analysis can be applied. You'll also be equipped to incorporate environmental feedback into economic decision making in a way that satisfies both ecological managers and economists.

This Masters is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds, including economics, human geography, business, sociology, politics, environmental science and more. You'll be taught by a range of interdisciplinary staff with varied Environmental research interests.

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Course content

You'll learn about the economics and management of natural resources and develop your critical and analytical skills in these areas. You'll gain both theoretical and practical experience of issues in environmental economics and management. You will be trained in suitable research methods and relevant ethical and legal issues. You'll develop your research skills and experience through completing a large research project.

Modules

For the Masters you will need to take a 100 credits of taught modules.

There are four core modules, which amount to 50 of your 100 required credits:

  • Current Research in Environment, Economics and Ecology (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)
  • Economics for Natural Resources and Environmental Management (20 credits)
  • Environmental Governance (10 credits)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (10 credits)
  • Spatial Analysis (10 credits)

Full list and descriptions of modules.

* Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You will also complete an 8,000 word dissertation, worth 80 credits, as part of the MSc. This dissertation can either be York based, or as a placement with an external partner. For the former, staff in the Department will suggest a range of possible subjects and titles, but you can also devise your own title. For the latter, the dissertation topic will be of relevance to the external partner. For both types of dissertation, you will have a departmental supervisor who will provide regular guidance and will be able to comment on drafts of your dissertation. If you are undertaking a placement for your dissertation, you will receive additional guidance from a project supervisor.

Previous dissertations include:

  • What makes people satisfied with their neighbourhoods?
  • Fighting windmills: participation and fishermen’s attitudes towards offshore wind farms within the German EEZ
  • An investigation into the drivers and barriers of urban agriculture in the United Kingdom
  • The efficacy of ecosystem service valuation, using benefit transfer methods, as a tool for decision-making in the context of a developing country: a case study of the Kilombero wetlands, Tanzania.

The dissertation will allow you to demonstrate your skill at independent research and apply insights from the taught modules to solve issues in environmental economics and environmental management.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2017/18

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£6,760£16,290

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UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

This Masters combines formal lectures, practicals, seminars and field trips.

  • Guest lecturers from external organisations, including other universities and environmental organisations, provide a view of the current state of Environmental Economics and Environmental Management.
  • You'll use the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to supplement lectures and practicals with additional material.
  • Some modules offer optional drop-in help sessions.

Facilities

 

Our state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Environment Department on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in the Environment Department with some additional teaching on Campus West.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Types of assessment in this course include:

  • Essays of around 3,000 words
  • Models, maps and accompanying reports
  • Presentations
  • 8,000 word dissertation.

Formative assessment as you study modules will allow you to receive feedback on your progress and understanding.

Our teaching and research span the natural social and economic sciences in an integrated way. Postgraduate teaching is informed by our research which includes work in areas as diverse as coral reefs, tropical rain forests, atmospheric science, pollution, biodiversity conservation and wildlife management. 

Careers and skills

You'll develop the skills and knowledge you will need to follow a career in an environmental organisation in both the public and private sectors. The Masters in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management also provides an ideal basis to progress to further study at PhD.

Career opportunities

Graduates have gone on to work in a range of public sector bodies, including Defra, the Food Standards Agency, the Environment Agency and the OECD. Graduates also work in environmental consultancies, non-governmental organisations and research agencies.

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Geographic and Information Systems skills
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Design of protected areas
  • Practical experience designing and conducting field-based surveys
  • Econometric analysis of natural resource management.

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
Degree

You should have at least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 honours degree and relevant work experience. 

Ideally you will have studied both some ecology and some economics as part of your degree but applications from students from either discipline are welcome. If you did not have a significant quantitative component to your degree you may also be considered with a requirement to attend a Summer School in Microeconomics and Quantative Methods.

General guidance on international entry requirements, email international@york.ac.uk for details for this course.

English language

If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS : at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

We also accept other English language tests and evidence of fluency.

You may also want to attend the University's Pre-sessional Courses.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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