Master Environmental and Development Economics

University of Oslo

Application deadline: 1 March (Nordic applicants); 1 December (international applicants)
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master programme in Environmental and Development Economics at the University of Oslo is a degree in economics offered by the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The programme leads to the title Master of Philosophy in Environmental and Development Economics.

The Master Programme in Environmental and Development Economics gives you the possibility to study economics at a high academic level. In addition to the programme courses in environmental economics, resource economics and development economics, the programme has mandatory high-level courses in mathematics, statistics/econometrics and microeconomics as well as 3-4 optional courses. In addition to nine courses, completion of the programme also requires a supervised master's thesis and a final comprehensive oral exam.

The programme is a two-year, full time degree in economics, which is taught entirely in English.

The Department of Economics' range of optional courses comprises inter alia the following:

* Decisions, markets and incentives/Strategic
* Game theory and economics of information
* Economic of the firm
* Economic systems, institutions and
* Consumption, investment and pensions
* Monetary policy and business fluctuations
* Open economy macroeconomics
* International trade/International credit and financial
* Portfolio choice and equilibrium models/Option theory with
* Various advanced econometrics courses

The Environmental and Development Programme, which started in 1997, has mostly non-Norwegian students, including the Departments exchange students from Fudan University (China), St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and Mekelle University (Ethiopia), and self-funded students from many countries.


Admission to master's degree studies requires:

* Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.

* a specialization defined by the programme

* a minimum grade average of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.

* a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:

a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) in Norwegian upper secondary school with a minimum grade of 4 (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or alternatively passed examination in English from second and/or third school year, or

b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

Academic admission requiremnts for the 2-year Master's programme in Environmental and Development Economics:

At least one and a half years (90 ECTS-credits) of your three-year bachelor's studies must be in economics including mathematics as well as fundamentals of probability calculus and statistics. You must possess a bachelor's degree which includes the following requirements:

10 ECTS-credits in mathematics
10 ECTS-credits in statistics and methods
At least 70 ECTS-credits in economics, but the total amount
of courses in economics, mathematics and statistics and methods must amount to 90 ECTS-credits. Among the courses in economics, at least 50 ECTS-credits must be within microeconomics and macroeconomics, with at least 20 ECTS-credits in each of these categories

You must also provide an official explanation of the
grading and credit system at your university. Preferably your credits should be translated into ECTS-credits. Moreover, you must also provide us with an overview of your score compared to your peers at your university; i.e. are you
among the 30% best of your peer graduates, or among the 50% best etc.?

When considering applications from international students, the admission committee will look for applicants that meet these requirements as closely as possible. To ensure that the committee gets a good understanding of your background in economics please fill in the form found here

If possible, international applicants should also provide us with their GRE-score. For more information about the GRE-test

Please note that accounting, auditing, marketing or management do not count as economics

More information for Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent residence to Norway(in Norwegian)

Quota scholarships are offered to students selected under cooperation agreements: These are from Fudan University (China), St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and Mekelle University (Ethiopia). Otherwise, only exceptionally qualified individual applicants will be considered.

English proficiency required for master's degree admission

Applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English by taking one of the following internationally recognised tests:

IELTS and TOEFL test results must not be older than two years. Please make sure that your test result is valid at the time of application.

IELTS acadmic - International English Language Testing System with a minimum score of 6.0.

Please upload a copy of your test result. The University of Oslo will verify your test result online. It is currently not possible to submit test results with an IELTS institutional code.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of

* 550 paper-based test (PBT)

* 80 internet-based test (iBT)

Official test report forms must be sent directly to the University of Oslo. The TOEFL code number for the University of Oslo is 0756. If you upload a copy of your test result, please make sure that the results are also sent directly from ETS.


* Students who have completed a minimum of one year's university studies in academic subjects in UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

* Students who have completed a minimum of one year of Master's Degree studies with English as a language of instruction in one of the Nordic countries

* Students who have completed a Bachelor Degree with English as a language of instruction in one of the Nordic countries.

* Students who have a degree in English language and/or literature.

* Students with International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

* Students who have passed University of Cambridge exams, Proficiency (CPE) or Advanced (CAE).

* Students who have passed Advanced Placement International English Language examination (APIEL) with a minimum of 4 points.

* Other exemptions

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


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