Environmental Economics

Environmental Economics analyses the relationship between human activities, economic development and environmental problems. In this track you will focus on the economic analysis of national and international environmental and natural resources problems such as global warming, loss of biodiversity, pollution, exhaustion of natural resources, deforestation, water scarcity and many others. The aim is to improve understanding of the link between economic development and environmental problems and identify possible solutions and policy recommendations.

More about this thesis track

Integrating natural science with economic expertise

The specialisation in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources aims at integrating knowledge and insights from natural sciences and technology with economic expertise. The programme focuses on the information and methods needed for assessing impacts, cost-effectiveness and efficiency of policy options which is needed to improve environmental decision making. 


Much of our research focuses on the application of modeling approaches such as computable general equilibrium models (CGE), bio-economic and spatial models, and game theoretic models for analysing real world environmental or resource problems. Methodological and applied research is carried out in the areas of environmental valuation, natural resource management, international environmental agreements and institutional economics.

Students can learn more about the education and research related to this discipline by visiting the website of the Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group.

The following courses are part of the programme Urban Environmental Management when selecting the thesis track Environmental Economics. The listed courses include the compulsory and restricted optional subjects specific for this thesis track and those that belong to the common part of the programme. Also, there is room for optional subjects which you may use to broaden your scope or to deepen your specialisation. For more information visit the study handbook or contact the study adviser.

The common part
Subject Code Period* Phase
Compulsory subject unless advised otherwise
Principles of Urban Environmental Management ETE-22806 1 AF M1
Research Methods in Environmental Science YRM-20306 1, 2 MO M1
Academic Master Cluster (AMC): select one out of these two courses**
European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management ESA-60312 6 WD M1
Academic Consultancy Training and Modular Skills Training (MOS) YMC-60809 / YMC-60303 1WD, 2WD, 3WD+4WD, 5WD,6WD M1
Urban courses: select (at least) two
Planning for Urban Quality of Life LUP-23806 2 AF M1
Governance for Sustainable Cities ENP-36806 3 WD M1
Managing Urban Environmental Infrastructure ETE-32806 5 MO M1
Planning and Design of Urban Space ETE-33806 5 AF M1
Thesis track-related subject
Subject Code Period Phase
Compulsory unless advised otherwise
Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences ENR-21306 2 MO M1
Theories and Models in Economics YSS-35306 4 WD M1
Advanced Environmental Economics and Policy ENP-32306 5 AF M1
MSc Thesis Environmental Economics ENR-80436 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
MSc Internship Environmental Economics ENR-70424 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
*MO = morning; AF = afternoon; WD = whole day
**The restricted optional subjects have to be selected in consultation with the study adviser.
This course overview is based on the Wageningen University study handbook. The study handbook is guiding in case of any discrepancy.

Below you can see how your schedule might look like:

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MSc Urban Environmental Management - thesis track Environmental Economics and Natural Resources.pdf