The scope of the studies is 120 ECTS 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 (in both study tracks) 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. The field-specific advanced studies are listed in tables below according to study track.
Environmental and Resource Economics
In this study track you will receive a state-of-the-art economic education in environmental and natural resource economics. The courses, which are all taught in English, include theoretically focused courses in which you will gain a deep understanding of static and dynamic models and applications of game theory, courses focusing on quantitative methods in which you will gain the ability to run numerical simulations and apply econometric methods, and thematic courses focusing on relevant challenges in environmental and resource policy. Courses are taught by experienced teachers and active researchers, and course contents are built on the most recent research findings.
Most of the courses are divided into modules. The core modules are Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics and Methods. In addition to these modules you will study at least one thematic module such as Climate Studies and Baltic Sea Studies with the purpose of applying the learned theory and methods to real-world problems. You have also freedom to choose optional studies. For instance, your professional skills and networks will develop further through the optional Project Course or during your possible internship either in Finland or abroad.
For your Master's Thesis you research and analyse a significant topic on environmental and resource economics, which can be either policy or theory orientated. You can write your thesis in connection with a larger research project, in collaboration with companies and public institutions, or independently.
In your studies you have the opportunity to follow our Research Track. In this track you will take extended studies in the above subjects, which will prepare you for postgraduate studies and career in research.
Research Track: Choose 30 credits from AGERE Methods module. In this track the Core Module courses will include PhD level exercises, which give you a total of 15 additional credits to be used for PhD studies.
The study track of Agricultural Economics combines expertise in Business Administration and Economics with knowledge of the special features of agriculture, rural enterprises, the food markets and related policies. Through studies in Agricultural Economics, you will learn to apply theories and models used to define the profitability and competiveness of agricultural and rural enterprises and to recognize the factors contributing them. You will examine the operation of food markets and assess various policy options. The studies include practice-oriented assignments that build your decision-making and career skills, and your self-confidence to apply theoretical knowledge in practice. Courses are taught either in Finnish, Swedish or English.
The structure of the studies consist of three parts, or core modules:
- at least one 15 credit core module out of three optional
- one 15 credit core module AGERE Methods;
- one 15 credit core module AGERE Module.
Part 1 comprises at least one of the following 15 credit modules: Agricultural Markets and Policy, Production Economics and Farm Management or Entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship is lectured in Finnish. Part 2, the core module on methods, can be compiled through various methodological courses. Part 3 finally is a 15 credit module on Agricultural Economics and Environmental and Resource Economics. The studies encompass a practical training period and seminars, and they can include career orientation and career planning. The Master’s Thesis project will enable you to apply and develop your theoretical and methodological skills. It develops your abilities in scientific thinking and project management and will serve as a good reference for your future career.