• Targeted level of study

    BAC +5

  • ECTS

    120 credits

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Economics, CIHEAM IAM Montpellier - Partner Institution, l'Institut Agro Montpellier - Partner Institution



The Master's degree in Economics is designed to meet new skill requirements in relation to the main societal challenges and recent transformations in production systems and in public action and management methods. The aim is to respond to several forms of transition in the fields of food, ecology and agro-ecology, energy, digital technology, health and more generally concerning the evolution of public action practices.

The courses offered are supported by the three research teams of the Faculty of Economics (Acteurs, Ressources et Territoire dans le développement (ARTDev), Centre d'Économie de l'Environnement de Montpellier (CEE-M) and Montpellier Recherche en Économie (MRE).

These courses are in line with the three research axes of the University's ISITE (Montpellier University of Excellence (MUSE)), namely NOURISH by promoting innovative agriculture, PROTECT by encouraging an environmentally friendly society and HEALTH by improving health, bearing in mind that the Digital Economy and Economy and Psychology courses also contribute to these areas through the potential of digital technology or the integration of the psychological dimension and the endogenous motivations of actors in favour of more proactive public policies.

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Internships, tutored projects



Duration of the course

3 to 6 months

Internship abroad


All these courses offer the possibility of going on work experience:

An internship provides a first professional experience. Thus, it can influence a professional project, put into practice the theory acquired, develop skills by creating a network, have a first approach to the professional world that can help in a future job search.

- Optional internship in Master 1

- Optional or compulsory internship in Master 2

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Economics of Agricultural Development, Environment and Food

This course is aimed at students who wish to acquire a research-based education, mainly focused on economic analysis but also including some courses in management and economic sociology.

The training is based on the transmission of theoretical and methodological knowledge applied to issues of agricultural and agri-food development, food, natural resource management and the environment, both in developed and developing country economies.

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Public Economics and the Environment

Faced with the growing pressure of human activities on the environment, our societies are called upon to resolve difficult trade-offs. These involve explicit costs and diffuse damage, but also benefits, unequally distributed between actors and generations. Economic analysis is intended to help public, associative and private decision-making in this field. This course provides an in-depth knowledge of the economics of the environment and natural resources, as well as of public economics, i.e. the economic study of the collective choice process. These are two complementary areas of economics, on the basis of which the economist can formulate proposals that are both economically efficient and politically acceptable. The course is supported by a team of teacher-researchers and researchers specializing in these issues, brought together in the Centre d'Économie de l'Environnement de Montpellier.


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Economic valuation and adaptation to climate change

Around a central base of evaluation methods, various themes have been introduced over time, in particular to introduce the issue of consultation and the acceptability of policies, as well as behavioural economics to understand endogenous incentives in the field of environmental policies. In addition to the developments linked to the introduction of sustainable development and integrated and participatory policies, the recent acuteness of climate change issues has generated new needs.

The M1 courses are very strongly shared with the Public Economics and Environment course as well as at the level of the mention or several courses in terms of econometrics and multivariate analysis tools. In particular, in M1, spread over the two semesters and common to the entire field, there is an application exercise aimed at empowering students in the analysis of a question and the operational mobilisation of econometric tools called PIR (individual research project), which has been successfully tested for the last 5 years.

The integration of specific modules on adaptation and evaluation takes place at the M2 level, with strong mutualisations with the Health Systems Economics course for the evaluation courses or the EPE, Energy Economics and Ecodeva courses on environmental issues.

Presentation of the course on the Youtube channel of the Faculty of Economics:

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Energy saving

Created in 1992 by Professor Jacques Percebois as a DESS, the Master in Energy Economics at the University of Montpellier has a long tradition of training applied economists specialised in the energy field.

The Master in Energy Economics at the University of Montpellier has a high profile on the regional and national scene due to its 25 years of existence and the network of former students. Its specificity in relation to existing courses is due in particular to its focus on economic analysis in a field often reserved for engineering schools because of the strong technical dimensions of energy (e.g. courses offered at the Ecole des Mines, IFP-EN, Centrale-Supélec, Polytechnique etc.). The training is also open to the world of private decision making through the organisation of professional seminars involving local and national players in the energy world and teaching by professionals on themes with a strong technical component.

The course is supported by the ART-Dev laboratory, with which the teacher-researchers involved in the Master's programme are associated and whose research is related to the course's themes.

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Health systems economics

The Economics of Health Care Systems course is part of the Master's Degree in Economics offered by the Faculty of Economics, in the Law-Economy-Management field.

The course focuses on economic issues in health systems. The ageing of the population and technical progress in health care are generating major transformations in the organisation of care and in the financing of health care systems. This implies a more integrated definition of patient pathways and trajectories and the emergence of new actors and tools for regulating the supply of care.

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Digital economy

The Digital Economy Programme offers enhanced skills in the organisation of telecoms, Internet and media markets, the strategies of digital companies and the regulatory frameworks that apply to digital markets.

This course involves teacher-researchers and professional lecturers specialising in digital economics. The courses and seminars provide numerous technical skills, particularly in data processing and analysis, as well as a detailed knowledge of the strategies implemented by digital players: traditional telecommunications, Internet and media companies, online service platforms, social networks.

For more information on the course, see the video presentation of the Master's programme on the Faculty of Economics' Youtube channel:

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Economics and Psychology

The aim of this course is to train experimentalists/behaviourists capable of managing an experimental project from its conception to its practical implementation, whether in the laboratory or in the field.

Students will be involved in experimental projects and will be invited to carry out their own projects. The training is both theoretical and practical.

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Mediterranean Farming system design for a Sustainable food-system (MIDAS)

The MIDAS course follows on from the intensive training provided since 2010 by CIHEAM-IAMM in partnership with several Mediterranean agricultural research and teaching institutes and with the FSD (Farming System Design) global network. In this framework, more than 300 international participants have been trained. These intensive courses were previously designed to train young scientists in the analysis and evaluation of the sustainability of agricultural systems through integrated approaches. The originality of the MIDAS course, which will be based on several teaching aids as well as the network of researchers mobilised within the framework of the intensive training courses, will be to evolve to deal with questions related to the design of agricultural systems based on food and climate change issues and to give an important place to the role of diversities (both of the cropping systems, the farms and the actors in the field) in the improvement of the resilience of the food function of these systems in the face of climate change and market uncertainties.

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Territorial Agricultural Development, Environment and Modelling (DATEM)

This course responds to a request from the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture and the Faculty of Agronomy of the Lebanese University, to train engineers to deal with the new challenges that Lebanon is already facing: scarcity of resources, climate change and market instability marked by strong regional tensions. Two important components in relation to skills that have been absent until now in Lebanon: i) modelling of agricultural systems to design resilient systems in the face of climatic uncertainties and the socio-economic context, and ii) integration of environmental issues in the evaluation of the performance of agricultural systems. This pathway is important, especially for students from the southern Mediterranean (and more particularly from Lebanon), as it is unique in this field (multicriteria analysis by modelling, territorial agricultural development, environment). This course must respond to the new restructuring of the agricultural sector on the southern shore of the Mediterranean with the establishment of territorial extension centres, and to better correspond to the profiles of future engineers of the Ministries of Agriculture and local authorities. More information

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Conditions of access


From May to July, you have to fill in an eCandidat file if you are :
- Third year student in the Faculty of Economics
- Already enrolled in French or European higher education, whatever your nationality,
- European Union national, whatever the country in which you reside,
- International student, residing in France or not having a study centre in France in your country of origin, otherwise you have to apply through the Centre des Etudes en France (CEF)
- Once accepted, the enrolments take place between the beginning of July and the end of September.

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How to register

Once your application has been accepted, you must either visit the school during the registration period or follow the online procedure:

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Further studies

All courses offer the possibility for students to pursue a doctorate.

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Professional integration

The analysis and accompaniment of societal transformation processes, which are at the heart of the subject matter of the degree, constitute an axis common to all the courses, for which there are many job opportunities on a variety of themes and in diverse settings. These may be management positions in local authorities, central and regional government departments, NGOs and associations, as well as at the international level in a wide variety of organisations, notably the UN (World Bank, FAO, UNDP, UNEP, WEF, UNIDO, etc.).


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