Durham University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (Taught)

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Course summary

Our MSc programmes in Economics will give you the opportunity to equip yourself with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in economics and related disciplines. The programme consists of a set of core and elective modules, culminating in a practice- based business project or a research-based dissertation.

Course details


Core and elective modules: Advanced Macroeconomics; Advanced Microeconomics; Environmental Economics and Policy; Natural Resource Management. Based on your prior knowledge and experience you will be streamed to study one of the following module pairings: Econometrics I and Econometrics II; Econometrics I and Microeconometrics; Econometric Methods and Microeconometrics; Econometric Methods and Financial Modelling and Business Forecasting. You will then choose two elective modules. The list of modules may vary from year to year, but in the past has included: Behavioural Finance and Economics; Econometrics II; Development Economics; Experimental Economics and Finance; Industrial Organisation; International Economics; International Finance; Market Microstructure; Microeconometrics; Money and Banking; Public Choice; Public Economics.

Assessment method

The programme is mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and practicals. Lectures provide key contents of a particular topic. Occasionally lectures might be delivered by guest speakers who are internationally recognised academic experts or practitioners in their field. Students can also attend the Durham Speaker Series, providing the opportunity to network with senior business leaders, staff and alumni. Seminars provide the opportunity for smaller groups of students to solve problems and discuss and debate issues based on knowledge gained through lectures and independent study outside the programme’s formal contact hours. Practicals are medium sized group sessions, where students practice computer software, applying topics from lectures and seminars. Students study eight taught modules, a mix of core and electives which enables them to undertake a more in-depth study of particular topics. This is then followed by a 12,000-word dissertation that allows students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. They are supported in writing their dissertation through the study of research methods and attending individual meetings with an allocated supervisor who monitors their progress and provides advice.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree with evidence on your degree transcript of strong grades in statistical modules in your second, third or fourth year and that your programme contained an Economics component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £23000 Year 1
EU £23000 Year 1
England £11700 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11700 Year 1
Scotland £11700 Year 1
Wales £11700 Year 1
Channel Islands £11700 Year 1
International £23000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Once we receive your online application form, you’ll get an automatic email within 48 hours asking you to pay the £60 application fee* which is required to progress your application. You’ll need to follow the link in the email to the webpage where you can confirm your details and make the payment using a debit or credit card. This is a secure website operated by Secpay, which will send you an automatic receipt of payment. Once we receive confirmation that your application fee has been paid, we’ll be able to progress your application. If you do not pay the application fee your application will be automatically withdrawn.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships available for 2022 entry will be determined in September 2021. Over 60 scholarships are available, each year. Some scholarships are awarded to more than one person. For further information see the course listing.

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at Durham University - UCAS