Natural Resources Management

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About the Programme

The Master of Science in Natural Resources Management programme is a two-year international interdisciplinary programme, consisting of the specializations Biology and Geography.

The programme is especially designed to give the students an understanding of the importance of managing natural resources sustainablydeveloping an understanding of the connections between different disciplines and actors, and being able to communicate with actors across disciplines.

Natural resources provide mankind with important ecosystem services such as clean water, energy, minerals and biological resources in terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems ,which are essential for the survival and development of mankind. However, the increasing demands for these natural resources  due to the growth of the human population combined with the decline in   finite resources urgently calls for sustainable management.

Such management requires an interdisciplinary approach encompassing in-depth knowledge about specific resources as well as a holistic perspective, including ecological, economic and social aspects. It also requires a strong ability to communicate in order to establish dialogues between the different disciplines involved as well as between the stakeholders, and a good understanding of the connections between these different actors.

The MSc programme in Natural Resources Management aims at giving a unique education and the required knowledge that will contribute to find sustainable solutions to interdisciplinary challenges related to the management of natural resources. The study program contributes to NTNU’s strategy «Knowledge for a better world», as well as the strategy at the Faculty of Natural Sciences whose vision is to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.


We offer a two-year international research based MSc programme integrating  Norwegian/Nordic and international students. The Master in Natural Resources Management is an interdisciplinary cooperative programme involving two NTNU faculties, administrated by the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NT).

The programme offers 2 specializations:

  • Biology
  • Geography

The study programme comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The normal workload for a full-time student during one academic year is 60 ECTS credits. The study is structured around 4 core courses, elective courses and a master's thesis (60 ECTS credits). The Master's thesis work will involve students in ongoing research projects and in national/international issues suited for the individual student according to their specializations. Each student will be assigned an academic supervisor from a relevant research group.

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Degree: Master of Science in Natural Resources Management
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSNARM
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English

Location: Norway, Trondheim, Gløshaugen

The Faculty of Natural Sciences

How to apply

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2019

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2020

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2020

The application portal will open 1 October


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