Profile and Career

The MSc programme in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics is a social science programme where you study economics, the environment, and natural resources in both a national and global context.

The recurring theme of the programme is how we make the most of the available resources in a sustainable way.

Graduates from the programme use economic theory and methodology on, for example, the sustainable management of a country's fossil fuel energy reserves and its involvement in international environmental agreements.

Competence Description

Upon graduation, you will – among other things – be able to:

  • Assess issues in respect of environmental and natural resources and economics and propose solutions based on theory on economic, political, social, and ethical interrelations. Your assessments are based on a solid understanding of natural science which is often crucial for sound management of environmental and natural resource problems.
  • Carry out quantitative and qualitative analyses of environmental and natural resource issues.

Career Opportunities

With the increasing global focus on sustainability, you will have excellent career opportunities. You will typically work with environmental and natural resource economic analyses, project and policy assessments, as well as management and development assignments.

Graduates often work in a multidisciplinary setting and with some degree of leadership or management. With your knowledge of both social and natural science, you become the link between different disciplines e.g., between economists and biologists, or developers and conservationists.

You may work in private companies, public institutions, or NGOs, both in Denmark and internationally; often in the green sector where the strong growth creates more and more interesting job opportunities for environmental and natural resource economists.

Recent graduates from the programme have for example found jobs in:

  • the secretariat of the Danish Economics Councils
  • the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities
  • Ørsted
  • the Danish Environmental Protection Agency
  • the Danish Energy Agency
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Coloplast
  • consulting engineering companies, such as COWI, Niras, and Rambøll
  • different offices of the European Commission and in the World Conservation Union.

Furthermore, many graduates have successfully pursued a career in research in Denmark or in other countries.