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 in their work.

Competence Description

After having graduated from the MSc programme in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 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 – based on a solid understanding of basic 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.

The language of instruction is English, and the programme has an international outlook. As an international student in Denmark, you will of course also get familiar with Danish culture and nature.

Career opportunities

With the increasing global focus on sustainability, you will have excellent career opportunities as a graduate from the MSc programme in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. You will typically work with environmental and natural resource economic analyses, project and policy assessments, as well as management and development assignments.

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

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

There is a well-established collaboration between the students and the business community. For instance you may choose to do a project in practice, providing you with a unique experience and a good network.

Recent graduates from the programme have for example found jobs in the secretariat of the Danish Economics Council, the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, Ørsted, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, the Danish Energy Agency, Novo Nordisk, Coloplast, COWI, Niras, 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.