A Master’s candidate is expected to acquire in-depth and specialized disciplinary competence through their education in a Social Science research environment. The candidate is expected to have comprehensive knowledge of their discipline’s methodology and scientific foundations. The Master’s degree program prepares a candidate for participation in research projects and for doctoral studies. A Master’s candidate will be able to resolve work-related tasks with high-level skill requirements.
The Environmental and Development programme aims at providing students interested in environment/resource economics and/or development economics comprehensive introductions to the theory of these fields and also solid foundations for further study through mandatory advanced courses in mathematics, statistics/econometrics and microeconomics, sufficient for fulfilling entry requirements for doctoral study at most universities. The programme also comprises optional choices of high-level economic theory courses, opening up for further studies or career paths in other directions.
Environmental and development issues are often taught as softer courses for varied backgrounds, while this programme is a high-level theoretical programme offering academic qualifications suitable for an academic career. The programme is also highly suitable for work in international organizations with both specialized and general background. With the optional choice of courses in the programme it can also easily be adapted for careers in government administration and in financial enterprises.
The Master’s degree programme aims to provide candidates with high-level methodological, analytical and work-related skills. Candidates will also be able to convey and disseminate information to a range of audiences. The following is expected of Master’s students:
- Methodological skills
The candidate should be able to find and evaluate relevant sources in a critical manner. They should further be able to generate independent assessments and develop projects.
- Analytical skills
Analytic skills at this level include the ability to formulate researchable Social Science research questions in an independent manner as well as the ability to analyze large amounts of information through the application of Social Science methods.
- Dissemination of information
The candidate should be able to present information and ideas in an instructive manner to both researchers and the general public.
- Work-related skills
Work-related skills refer to the candidate’s ability to independently develop and specialise their skill sets. The candidate should be able to participate in projects and contribute to research activities. The candidate will be able to carry out analytical and management tasks as well as assume responsibility for such tasks in knowledge intensive environments such as private businesses, the public sector and voluntary organizations.
A Master’s student is reflectively engaged in their field and aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their own qualifications. The candidate should demonstrate academic integrity in their presentation of research findings, whether their own or other’s, and show respect for the scientific work of others.
The Master's degree offers students a comprehensive basis for further specialization into environmental and development economics, through thesis work. The thesis is primarily meant to deal with issues relating to the main subjects of the Master's programme, but topics more remote from environment/resource/development issues are also allowed. The thesis should account for an effort of about one semester’s full time work, but ought to stretch over at least two terms. Supervision is mandatory for the thesis work. A suggested size of the thesis is 50-60 pages. It is advisable to prepare a thesis proposal at the end of the second term, work on the thesis over the summer, to be completed over the last two terms. To complete the programme within two years the completed thesis has to be submitted within the announced deadline date in the fourth semester, but there are alternative deadlines three times a year.