MEconSc (Natural Resource Economics and Policy)

J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Course overview

This programme aims to produce graduates with analytical modeling skills and with the ability to draw on concepts coming from many different disciplines and fields of expertise so they can propose policy measures for sustainable development. They will have the ability to influence the formulation of business and corporate strategies in the marine, energy and agriculture sectors, and shape regulatory policy. It also seeks to deepen students’ knowledge of interactions between the economy, society and natural resources.

Key facts

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 to intermediate level. Students who hold a Higher Diploma in Economics with Second Class Honours Grade 1, or equivalent, may also apply.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2016

Average intake: 25 (20 E.U.; 5 non-E.U.)

Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

This is an innovative programme for students interested in contributing to environmental policy and sustainable long- term management of rural and urban resources. It aims to equip graduates with quantitative modelling skills to meet the diverse challenges of global climate change, sustainable development and environmental governance.

You will take courses in subjects such as Microeconomics, Natural Resource Governance, Renewable Energy Economics and Policy, Agricultural Economics and Policy, Marine Economics and Policy, Microeconomics, Economic Modelling, and Cost Benefit Analysis and Evaluation. In addition to coursework, students also complete a minor dissertation over a three-month period.

A number of internships in environmental, agricultural, energy or marine research institutes and/or development agencies, will also be offered. These will be competitive placements, which will allow the student to apply the skills learned on the programme in a real-world environment.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

The programme is directed by a team of highly-respected teachers, researchers and consultants within the School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway. NUI Galway is also fortunate to be in close proximity to, and have a close relationship with, the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc, the Irish Marine Institute and SEAI. As such, Agricultural, Energy and Marine Policy Researchers within these organizations will participate in the delivery of the programme and these organizations will facilitate the placement of a number of students for work experience and the completion of their minor dissertation.

Requirements and assessment

Semester One: December. Semester Two: May. Exams and assignments are completed within each module. Students submit the dissertation before a date in the summer determined by the Programme Board.

Find out more

Dr Stephen Hynes
T: +353 91 493 105

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

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