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Global Environmental Economics

Your Course
Many of the greatest challenges facing societies around the world today relate to environmental concerns—climate change, 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.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Students with a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent, which will have included the study of economics can apply. Students who hold a Higher Diploma in Economics with Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent, may also apply.

Students without an economics background are also encouraged to apply. These students are advised to get in touch with the course coordinator as early as possible for more details.


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

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Dr Thomas van Rensburg
T: +353 91 493 858

Dr. Doris Laepple
T: +353 91 493 164

Application date

1MGEE1 full-time; 1MGEE2, part-time.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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