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Are you looking forward to a future as an expert in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics? As a graduate of our Master’s Programme in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics, you can find employment in the national or international market, for example at universities, research institutes, the public sector or in business, or you can become a self-employed entrepreneur.

The Viikki Campus offers optimal resources for studying the unique range of subjects offered by our programme. Upon graduating you will be a professional in applied economics in agricultural, environmental and resource-focused fields. You will be well versed in topics such as climate policy, sustainable agriculture and food security.

The Master’s programme comprises two study tracks:

1. Agricultural economics

  • Languages of instruction: Finnish, Swedish, English

As a graduate of the study track in agricultural economics you will have the ability to

  • Expertise in business management and economics with knowledge of the special features of agriculture, rural enterprises, the food market and related policies.
  • Apply economic and management theories and appropriate methodologies, such as econometrics, numerical modelling to issues in the field

2. Environmental and resource economics

  • Language of instruction: English

As a graduate of the study track in Environmental and Resource economics you will have the ability to

  • Identify the socio-economic drivers of natural resource use and environmental degradation
  • Analyse the effects of policies on the environment and on natural resource usage
  • Formulate recommendations to support decision-making in both the public and private sectors
  • Apply microeconomic theory and quantitative methods (econometrics, analytical and numerical dynamic modelling, and game theory)

Further information about the studies on the Master’s programme website.

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

Find out more about the Be 1* of the Best Scholarship Programme.

The study track in environmental and resource economics is taught only in English. The study track in agricultural economics is taught mainly in English, but also in Finnish and Swedish. It is also possible to complete courses, write the Master’s thesis and get supervision in Finnish or Swedish.

Study track: Agricultural economics

We offer you a personal study plan (PSP). You are recommended to focus on your Master’s thesis during your second year of Master’s studies. A practical training period and seminars include career orientation and career planning.

Core modules at least 30 credits (ECTS)

Choose at least two of these:

  • Agricultural markets and policy
  • Production economics and farm management
  • Rural entrepreneurship
  • Environmental and natural resources economics

Methodological studies at least 15 credits (ECTS)

Optional field-specific studies and studies offered by other degree programmes 30 credits (ECTS)

Internship and other common studies 15 credits (ECTS)

Master’s thesis 30 credits (ECTS)

Total 120 credits (ECTS)

 

Study track: Environmental and Resource Economics

The study track lasts four semesters, lasting approximately 22 months (1st year beginning of August- 2nd year beginning of June). You will complete your Master’s thesis during the third and fourth semesters. A practical training period and seminars include career orientation and career planning.

Core modules (45 ECTS)

  1. Environmental economics
  2. Natural Resource Economics, dynamic optimisation and numerical models
  3. Environmental valuation, applied econometrics and cost-benefit analysis

Core modules 30 ECTS and methods 15 ECTS

Thematic modules (30 ECTS)

Choose two of the following: climate change, of Baltic Sea protection, agricultural economics and agri-environmental policy, forest economics

Internship and other common studies 15 credits (ECTS)

Master’s thesis 30 credits (ECTS).

Total 120 credits (ECTS)

Continuation directly from the following Bachelor’s Programmes: 1) Environmental and Food Economics, provided the specialisation in agricultural, environmental and resource economics for Bachelor’s degree and 2) Agricultural Sciences to the study track in agricultural economics, provided the completion of the module in agricultural economics for their Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants from other programmes and universities must have completed a sufficient amount of studies in economics, mathematics and statistics. Some of these studies may be incorporated into the Master’s degree as optional studies.

If there are more applicants than student places, admission will be based on your previous academic performance and the applicability of your Bachelor’s degree.

The scope of the Master’s level studies is 120 credits, including both field-specific advanced studies and optional studies in the field or from other degree programmes. The minimum scope of field-specific advanced studies is 60 credits, 30 of which are accounted for by the Master’s thesis. You are recommended to focus on your Master’s thesis during your second year of Master’s studies.

Studytrack: Agricultural economics

The advanced studies comprise at least two modules of 15 credits. The modules are:

  1. agricultural markets and policy
  2. business economics
  3. rural entrepreneurship
  4. environmental and natural resources.

In addition, your studies must include at least 15 credits of methodological studies. The studies encompass a practical training period and seminars, and they can include career orientation and career planning. You will also need to complete a personal study plan (PSP).

The scope of optional field-specific studies and studies offered by other degree programmes is 30–40 credits.

Studytrack: Environmental and Resource Economics

The studytrack lasts four semesters, lasting approximately 22 months (1st year beginning of August- 2nd year beginning of June).

1) Core modules (45 ECTS)

  1. Environmental economics
  2. Natural Resource Economics, dynamic optimisation and numerical models
  3. Environmental valuation, applied econometrics and cost-benefit analysis

2) Thematic modules (30 ECTS)

  • Choose two of the following: climate change, of Baltic Sea protection, agricultural economics and agri-environmental policy, forest economics

3) Internship and Master’s thesis seminar 15 credits (ECTS)

4) Master’s thesis 30 credits (ECTS)

Total 120 credits (ECTS)

For your thesis you research and analyse a significant topic of your area of interest. You can write your thesis in connection with a larger research project, in collaboration with companies and public institutions, or independently. The Master’s thesis will serve as a good reference for your future career, as you will have enhanced your field-specific expertise during the research and writing process. The thesis project will also develop your abilities in scientific thinking and project management.

Promising career paths in the public and private sectors in Finland and international careers in Europe or further afield. In government, research, consultancy, industry, NGOs and international organisations.  Graduates have been successful in finding employment– often before graduation.

According to the labour market surveys, possible job titles of graduated are numerous: specialist, teacher, entrepreneur, researcher, senior officer, product manager, head of finance etc. If you are interested in developing your expertise further, you can pursue postgraduate studies in the doctoral programmes offered by the University of Helsinki or another university in Finland or abroad.

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