MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics with Integrated pre-Masters

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

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.


One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Other general MSc programmes, or more specialised and policy-oriented programmes, are available in the area of Economics, Banking or Finance.

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.


Pre-Masters Economics
 Compulsory Modules                                                     Credits
 Academic English & Study Skills 1  20 credits 
 Academic English & Study Skills 2 20 credits
 Microeconomics A 10 credits
 Microeconomics B 10 credits
 Macroeconomics A 10 credits
 Macroeconomics B 10 credits
 Introductory Econometrics A 10 credits
 Introductory Econometrics B 10 credits
 Optional (20 credits from the following modules):  
 Microfoundations of Macroeconomics  10 credits
 The Economics of Public Expenditure  10 credits
 Environmental Economics A  10 credits
 Environmental Economics B  10 credits
 Economic Development A  10 credits
 Economic Development B  10 credits
 Contemporary Issues in the UK Economy  20 credits
 Economics of Corporate Finance  10 credits
 Game Theory  10 credits
 The Economics of Uncertainty and Information  10 credits
 The Theory of Industrial Organisation  10 credits
 Introduction to International Trade  10 credits
 International Trade Theory and Policy for Europe  10 credits
 International and European Monetary Issues  10 credits
 Open Economy Macroeconomics  10 credits
 Economics of Financial Markets  10 credits
 Behavioural and Experimental Economics  10 credits
 Economics of Banking  10 credits
 Monetary Policy  10 credits

Fees and funding

A tuition fee of £12,565 will be payable for year one of the International pre-Masters programme for 2014–2015.

Fees for the second year will be the standard fees payable for the chosen masters programme. Details of fees for master courses can be found here

Entry requirements

This two-year course is suitable for students with a good undergraduate degree in an unrelated subject that includes mathematical content including some coverage of Calculus and statistics. Applicants with a recognised first degree in a subject related to Economics with will also be eligible for consideration.

International pre-Masters programmes entry requirements apply

Further details can be found on the International pre-Masters entry requirements page

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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The Department of Economics boasts a large group of academics highly active in the field of Environmental Economics. You will be taught by senior members of staff, who regularly publish in the leading journals in their fields, such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Ecological Economics. We also value excellence in teaching, all our lecturers have received outstanding teaching evaluations, and one of them is a co-author of the best-selling environmental economics textbook in Europe.

The Department of Economics also has numerous PhD students, many working on environment related projects, some of which graduated from our MSc course. We foster a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment by regularly hosting a range of visiting speakers, running a specialized seminar series, and organising postgraduate workshops inviting students from other leading universities

This programme provides rigorous training in environmental and resource economics. This will prove valuable to employers in local and national government, government agencies, environmental organisations, business and academia.

In recent years, our students have gone on to take up positions in;
• Government ministries (the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, etc.)
• public and private sector companies
• international and non-governmental organisations
• consultancy firms

Some of our graduates pursue further studies either in Birmingham or elsewhere, and go on to research and teaching careers in institutions of research and higher education.

Please see further general information on Careers