Taught course

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

University of Birmingham · Department of Health Economics

Entry requirements

A good Honours first degree (or overseas equivalent) in Economics or a related discipline. You are expected to have received a good training in economics, to at least intermediate level, and to have a basic knowledge of calculus and statistics.

Months of entry


Course content

Environmental and natural resource economists deal every day with the most challenging problems facing mankind: global climatic change, environmental pollution, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and food poverty, to name but a few. This programme is aimed at providing you with the skills necessary to understand the fundamental causes of contemporary environmental problems, and to design policies to solve them.
Our programme is unique in that it combines a solid foundation in key areas of economics, with specialized field courses. Our students receive a thorough grounding in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics, alongside an in-depth knowledge of the economics and policy of environmental pollution, renewable and non-renewable resource use, as well as the interaction between globalization and environmental degradation. In addition, we emphasize the development of the quantitative skills necessary to understand and perform empirical work in economics, with particular attention to the valuation of environmental goods in monetary terms.
Over your stay at the University of Birmingham, you can expect to learn about global environmental pollutants and climate change, emissions trading schemes, the links between trade and the environment, the role of innovation and technological change policy in securing a transition to a low carbon economy, the optimal management of fisheries and forests as well as fossil fuels and mineral resources, hedonic analysis and choice experiments as methods of valuing intangible goods, and how to modify national accounts to reflect resource depletion and pollution.
The programme comprises 180 credits in total (credits are given in brackets).
Compulsory courses:
  • Microeconomics (20)
  • Macroeconomics (20)
  • Econometrics for Environmental Valuation (30)
  • Environmental Economics (20)
  • Natural resource Economics (20)
  • Dissertation (60)
Additionally, students can choose one optional courses chosen among the graduate courses offered by the Department of Economics, or a graduate course offered elsewhere (subject to approval). In recent years popular choices of electives have been:
  • Development Economics Policy (10)
  • International Trade Policy (10)
  • Political Economy and Economic Policy (10)
  • Risk, Uncertainty and Information
  • International Investment

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Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.bham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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