Economics - Master of Science

Study at one of Norway’s leading schools of economics, with an international reputation in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics, energy, climate and development economics, and financial and commodity market analysis.

Duration: 2 years
Start: Autumn 2019
Benjamin A. Ward
What can I use this qualification for?
Economists have specialized knowledge on how the economy influences societies and the well-being of inhabitants. This makes economists well suited to work on issues in environmental policy, energy systems, development aid, enterprise development, trade policy and general economic policy. Economists are therefore in high demand in the private and public sectors as well as by many non-governmental organizations.
What will I learn?

NMBU School of Economics and Business will give you skills in economic analysis and broad insights on how economies work. You get extensive training in economic theory and analysis, in accordance with national and international standards.

In many of the more advanced courses, class sizes are small, allowing for more problem-oriented learning approaches where in-class discussion is central to the learning process.

Short description

This Master programme consists of some required theory and methods courses and the option to choose a specialization in one or more sub-disciplines in economics, such as:

• Environment, Climate and Energy Economics - Environment and Climate Oriented

• Environment, Climate and Energy Economics - Energy Oriented

• Development and Global Change

• Financial and Commodity Market Analysis

• Agri-Food Markets

Each specialization has a set of required core courses that can be supplemented with electives from organizational sciences and business management. Alternatively, you can choose a general program with a more interdisciplinary profile, by selecting electives from other faculties at NMBU such as in natural sciences, technology or other social sciences to tailor your education to your special interests. The completion of the degree culminates with the submission of a thesis and the successful oral defense of the work.

Some examples of topics analysed in the programme:
• How to integrate environmental effects in economic analysis of ecosystem management, air and water pollution, and climate change.
• How to combine economic growth and environmental protection - both at the firm level and at the national level.
• How to design and implement international treaties, for example on climate issues.  
• How to reduce poverty and manage natural resources to increase human well-being without compromising resources or the environment.
• How to organize energy markets to avoid monopolies and market manipulation.
• How to analyze consequences of international trade agreements; and
• How to explain why food, energy and other commodity prices are so volatile.

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