Postgraduate Course

Master's Programme in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics, (Agriculture and Forestry)

University of Helsinki

Course Options
  • MScSeptember2 years

Notes about fees for this course

In Finland, annual tuition fees will be introduced to foreign-language Bachelor's and Master's programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. At the University of Helsinki, this in practice refers to Master's programmes in English. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees.
Course Information

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:

  • Agricultural economics
    • Languages of instruction: Finnish, Swedish, English
  • Environmental and resource economics
    • Language of instruction: English
  • As a graduate of the study track in Agricultural Economics you will have the ability to

    • Support decision-making in the public and private sectors in various roles as a consultant, researcher or public servant  
    • Analyse and communicate the impact of policies on fields relating to agriculture, the environment and natural resources
    • Apply economic theories and quantitative methodologies, such as econometrics and numerical modelling, to issues in the field

    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, game theory)

    The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master's programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee ranges from 13 000-18 000 euros. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check this FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

    Programme contents

    Studytrack: Agricultural economics

    After completing the study track in agricultural economics you will be able:

    • To apply the concepts and central theories of agricultural economics.
    • To apply perspectives of economic, ecological and social sustainability.
    • To analyse and develop the business operations of agricultural and rural enterprises as well as intensify production in a sustainable manner.
    • To analyse the operation of agricultural and food markets.
    • To analyse the international political steering of agriculture.

    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 market 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 the farm-level factors contributing to profitability and competiveness. You will examine the operation of the market 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.

    Studytrack: Environmental and Resource Economics

    In this studytrack you will receive a state-of-the-art economic education in environmental and natural resources policy. The courses are divided into three groups:

  • 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
  • Thematic courses focusing on relevant challenges in environmental and resource policy.
  • Selection of the major

    Studytrack: Agricultural economics

    Graduates of the Bachelor's Programme in Environmental and Food Economics can continue directly to the Master's Programme in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics, provided that they specialised in agricultural, environmental and resource economics for their Bachelor's degree. In addition, graduates of the Bachelor's Programme in Agricultural Sciences can continue directly to the study track in agricultural economics, provided that they have completed 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.

    Studytrack: Environmental and Resource Economics

    The studytrack offers three mandatory modules and several optional modules. You can choose two thematic modules in order to focus on issues of interest to you. See the research focus below.

    Entry Requirements For This Course

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