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Natural Resource Economics & Policy

Your Course
This programme aims to produce graduates with the multidisciplinary modeling skills to meet the diverse challenges of today's complex, rapidly changing international world, such as climate change, food insecurity, biodiversity loss, deforestation and fossil fuel dependency. Graduates will have the ability to influence the formulation of international business and corporate strategies in the agri-business, marine, renewable energy, forestry, and 'green' and 'blue' growth sectors and shape public policy concerned with marine spatial planning, renewable energy, biodiversity conservation and a transition to a low carbon future.

International perspectives on energy economics and policy, agribusiness, marine resources, and environmental, social and corporate governance are provided along with quantitative and spatial (GIS) modeling methodologies, with the aim of deepening students' knowledge of interactions between economy, society and natural resources. Examples of modules include Marine Economics and Policy; Renewable Energy Economics and Policy; Agricultural Economics and Policy; and Natural Resource Governance.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Students admitted to the course will normally hold a primary degree with Second Class Honours Grade 1 or equivalent, which will have included the study of economics, energy economics or marine economics. Students who hold a Higher Diploma in Economics with Second Class Honours Grade 1, or equivalent, may also apply. Students with an international and/or multidisciplinary background are encouraged to apply.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Our graduates have found employment with international development and aid agencies, the European Commission, utility companies, government departments, investment banks, corporate environmental investment funds, United Nations organisations, planning consultancy firms and local authorities, and many of our graduates have gone on to take PhDs.

Further enquiries

Dr Thomas van Rensburg
T: +353 91 493 858


1. Internships on offer: A number of internships (competitive placements) in environmental, agri-business, energy or marine research institutes and or/business organisations and development agencies will be offered.

2. Learn from experts: Academics from this programme collaborate with researchers from the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc, the Irish Marine Institute, the Economic and Social Research Institute, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the European Commission.

3. Employablity: Graduates find employment in a wide range of sectors and industries.

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