Natural Resources Management


Natural Resources Management

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MSNARM forside - (nov 20)

Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable societal development?

The Master in Natural Resources Management programme (MSNARM) is a two-year international, interdisciplinary programme, consisting of the specialisations Biology and Geography. Biology and geography students from all over the world take common interdisciplinary courses as well as more specialised courses to understand how the earth’s natural resource and management systems work both from a social and natural science perspective. MSNARM aims at training students to contribute to the development of a more sustainable society that safeguards the earth’s life support system of which the welfare of present and future generations depends.

Sustainable management of natural resources is complex and involves a broad range of scientific disciplines as well as actors from different societal sectors such as conservation, forestry, agriculture, aquaculture and energy. MSNARM will introduce students to real world societal challenges and relevant management methods and facilitate communication with actors across disciplines and sectors to find solutions to sustainable management of natural resources.

The study program contributes to NTNU’s strategy «Knowledge for a better world» and the United Nations vision to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The advantages of studying Natural Resources Management at NTNU are as follow:

  • Long experience with research and teaching to understand how different disciplines together can contribute to knowledge for sustainable use and conservation of nature
  • Strong professional environments with knowledge of nature and society.
  • Well-established contacts with important societal actors for collaboration on sustainable use and conservation of nature

This is what you’ll learn:

  • Demonstrate substantial interdisciplinary knowledge about sustainable management of natural resources related to the research in general and within the specialisation.
  • Demonstrate significant knowledge in a specific area within the field of natural resource management based upon the research experience from their own Master’s projects.
  • Demonstrate substantial skills in choosing the relevant methodological and analytic approaches appropriate for their Master’s projects.
  • Critically evaluate methods and results within the fields of specialisation.
  • Contribute in a multidisciplinary team towards the management and sustainable use of natural resources, including ethical dilemmas regarding perceived justice in resource allocation conflicts, and
  • Learn to implement Health- Environment and Safety regulations in general, and within the specialisation.
  • Work on a project independently and in collaboration with others in interdisciplinary groups with expanded perspectives of the prerequisites for good interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Communicate research results to specialists and a broader audience in written and oral presentations in English.
  • Contribute to innovative thinking within the specialisation.
  • Independently carry out a scientific project, including presenting the theoretical background, generate hypotheses, collect, and analyse data, interpret and reflect on results and present your work under supervision according to scientific and ethical norms.


How to Seek Admission

It is vital that you meet all the requirements, so please read carefully before seeking admission.
Applicants should hold a BSc degree or equivalent university education either in Biology or Geography. The Bachelor’s degree must be in accordance with the admission requirements to one of the two specialisations in this Master’s programme. For example, a background with a Bachelor degree in Biology does not qualify for admission to MSc Natural Resources Management with specialisation in Geography but may be eligible for the specialisation in Biology. Thus, the Bachelor background of the applicant must be consistent with the specialisation in the MSc Natural Resources Management program that you apply for.
How to Seek Admission

Job opportunities

As a result of developing national and international laws and regulations for utilising sustainable resources, the demand for professionals with this educational background is expected to increase in the future. The MSc programme in Natural Resources Management at NTNU will qualify for positions in public sector authorities and organisations on all levels, from regional to global.
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Study Components

The MSc programme in Natural Resources Management is two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits). The two first semesters consist of four compulsory courses. One of them is a scientific seminar, RFEL3080 Scientific Seminars, which is running through all four semesters. Several elective courses are available, which gives options to fit background and interests for the student throughout the study.
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Study Environment

You’ll find the Faculty of Natural Sciences centrally situated at Gløshaugen campus, close to Trondheim city center. You’ll have access to excellent facilities and state of the art scientific equipment.
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Our student advisors are free to be contacted for all questions about the programme, i. e., compulsory and optional subjects, exams, deadlines, etc. Please contact the advisors if you have any questions.
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This degree & the UN Sustainability Goals

Sustainable Development goal 6 Sustainable Development goal 7

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