Global Environmental Economics

Do you want to contribute to address major environmental challenges? Do you have an interest in economics? Then this course is for you! It will help you to make a career out of your interests.

Many of the greatest challenges facing societies around the world today relate to environmental concerns—from climate change to food and energy security, the need to achieve sustainable and resilient forms of economic development, sustainable use of natural resources, pollution or biodiversity loss. The discipline of environmental economics is central to our understanding of these challenges and to the framing and evaluation of appropriate policy responses.

This course will equip students with the skills to address these challenges through a unique combination of theoretical and applied subjects. These are delivered through small group teaching by academics as well as industry and policy experts. This guarantees a practical focus that is further strengthened through work placements in related companies or research institutes in Ireland or abroad, including for example with the UN Climate Change and Universities Partnership Programme.

The programme is specifically targeted to provide students with employability skills that are relevant to shape and influence future public policy, conduct environmental evaluations, lead research projects, work in a business or consultancy role, with international development and aid agencies or continue education through further academic study.

The aims of the MSc in Global Environmental Economics are to equip graduates with the following skills:
Understand and analyse global environmental issues from an economic perspective
Critically evaluate and inform future public policy in relation to the environment
Advanced knowledge of economic methods used to analyse environmental problems
Understand global interlinkages of environmental problems and how these differ around the world
Effective communication skills and be proficient with various media

Environmental Economics at the University of Galway

The MSc Global Environmental Economics is hosted by the Discipline of Economics at the University of Galway, part of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, which is in turn one of three Schools in the College of Business, Public Policy and Law.

Throughout the programme you will mainly be engaged with academic staff of the Economics discipline.

Subjects taught

The course consists of taught modules and a work placement or dissertation.

The programme includes the following core modules and one optional module:
(Full Time) Core Modules:

Semester 1
Microeconomic Theory
Natural Resource Governance and Sustainability
Climate Change Economics

Semester 2
Cost-Benefit Analysis and Evaluation
Environmental Economic Modelling
Global Issues in Agricultural, Marine and Renewable Energy Economics
And one optional module

Optional Modules (offered in 2023/24*)
Renewable Energy Economics
European Energy Policy
Applied Econometrics
Public Sector Economics
Green and Sustainable Finance
Derivatives and Risk Management

*Note that optional module offerings may vary from year to year

Semester 3 / Summer
Dissertation or work placement

(Part Time) Core Modules
Year 1
Semester 1
Climate Change Economics
Microeconomic Theory

Semester 2
Global Issues in Agricultural, Marine and Renewable Energy Economics
And one optional module

Optional modules (offered in 2023/24*)
Derivatives and Risk Management
Social Marketing & Environmental Sustainability
Public Sector Economics
Green and Sustainable Finance
Data Analytics for Social Sciences I
Data Analytics for Social Sciences II
Renewable Energy Economics and Policy
*Note that optional module offerings may vary from year to year

Year 2
Semester 1
Natural Resource Governance & Sustainability

Semester 2
Cost Benefit Analysis & Evaluation
Environmental Economic Modelling
Semester 3 (Summer)
Applied Environmental Economics Placement

Entry requirements

Normally a H2.1 degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) with Economics. However, candidates with a significantly high H2.2 honours degree and who have achieved a 2.1 average in relevant Economics modules in a business degree, will also be considered. Students without an economic background are also encouraged to apply and will be accepted subject to successful completion of an online preparatory Economics course. These students are advised to get in touch with the course coordinator as early as possible for more details. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.

Application dates

Closing Date
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Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


1 year, full-time;
2 years, part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2024
Closing Date Offers are made on a rolling basis.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates have found employment in international development and aid agencies, the European Commission, utility companies, government departments, investment banks, corporate environmental investment funds, United Nations organisations, consultancy firms and local authorities, and many of our graduates have gone on to undertake PhDs.
Graduate Employers include: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) Marine Institute, Galway County Council, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Bord na Mona, Coillte, Teagasc, Environment Agency (UK), Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Bord Iascaigh Mhara.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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