MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMME, 2 YEARS, Trondheim

Natural Resources Management

Programme components


The MSc programme in Natural Resources Management is a 2 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. A number of elective courses, which gives options to fit background and interests for the student throughout the study are available.

For more information about the course outline and subjects take a look at the Study plan.


The Master thesis (60 ECTS credit) has to be planned and started in the first semester and has to be completed in semester 4. The thesis work will as far as possible be integrated in ongoing research projects at the respective department according to the field of study. The content of the thesis  must fulfill an academic level appropriate to master level course. The student will sign an agreement with the respective supervisor and department about the thesis and the education plan . An individual supervisor will be assigned in semester 1, who will be responsible for supervising the Master thesis.

Field work: After the first year of studies, during the period of mid-June to mid-August, candidates may be given the opportunity to go back to their home countries to do field work if this is necessary for the completion of their thesis.

Students must cover the travel and field costs themselves. Project allowances are offered in some special cases.

 

Examples of Master’s theses in Natural Resources Management

 

Specialization in Biology

  • Human-elephant conflict: a study in Babile Elephant sanctuary, Ethiopia
  • Livelihood impact of hydropower development and river diversions in the downstream of river Basin: a retrospective case study of Khimti river, Eastern Nepal
  • Does the personal background of the caseworkers influence natural resource management decisions?

Specialization in Biology

  • Human-elephant conflict: a study in Babile Elephant sanctuary, Ethiopia
  • Livelihood impact of hydropower development and river diversions in the downstream of river Basin: a retrospective case study of Khimti river, Eastern Nepal
  • Does the personal background of the caseworkers influence natural resource management decisions?
  • Optimization of on-site treatment systems: filtration using geo-textile filters for source separated black wastewater
  • Density dependent habitat use of Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L.- stranding in hydropower rivers
  • Metabolite changes in conifer buds and needles during bud break - Norway spruce (Picea abies) and European silver fir (Abies alba)
  • Why Do Some Areas Have Higher Density of Forest Grouse Than Others?
  • Human-carnivore conflict over livestock in the eastern Serengeti ecosystem with special emphasis on African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus)
  • Nutritional Status of Children as an Indicator of Bushmeat Utilization in Western Serengeti
  • Do moose adjust their behavior following wolf recolonization?: the case of bedsite habitat selection
  • An assessment of gains in conservation: A case study in Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
  • Spatial and Temporal Variation in Moose- (Alces alces) Road Crossings
  • Red-listed vascular Plant Species in Sub-Alpine and Alpine Landscapes: How does Land-use affect their Distribution?
  • The park-people conflict in the Chitwan National Park with reference to the Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)
  • Patterns of Distribution of Paspalum species along environmental gradients landscapes in the Nicaraguan Dry Tropical Forest
  • Environmental degradation and loss of traditional agriculture as two causes of conflicts in shrimp farming in southwest coastal Bangladesh: present status and probable solution
  • Alien plant species in Svalbard
  • Impacts of human settlements and land use changes in Kwakuchinja wildlife corridor, Northern Tanzania
  • Human-elephant conflict in Bangladesh; causes and intensity of fatalities.
  • Spatio-temporal variation in moose-vehicle collisions: the effect of varying traffic intensity and light conditions
  • Factors affecting the attitudes of the local inhabitants of the Kondoa District-Tanzania, toward the red-billed quelea (Quelea quelea)
  • Seasonal Variation in Site Fidelity of Moose (Alces alces)

Specialization in Geography

  • The impacts of Ecotourism in Maussawa Estate, Sri Lanka.
  • User conflicts and management of Urban Woodlands-The case of Trondheim, Norway and Arnhem, The Netherlands.
  • Causes of forest conflicts- Case study of three districts in Lam Dong province, Vietnam

Specialization in Geography

  • The impacts of Ecotourism in Maussawa Estate, Sri Lanka.
  • User conflicts and management of Urban Woodlands-The case of Trondheim, Norway and Arnhem, The Netherlands.
  • Causes of forest conflicts- Case study of three districts in Lam Dong province, Vietnam
  • Impact of Particitpatory Foreste Management on Livelihoods; A Case of Arabuko Sokoke Foreste along the Kenyan Coast. *Assessing the Participation of Stakeholders in Natural Resource Management- A Case of the Fako Mountain Forest, Cameroon.
  • Public- Private Partnership (PPP) in Solid Waste Management- Literature Review of experiences from Developing Countries with special attention to Sri Lanka.
  • Oil versus Fish: A Study of the Conflict between Different Resources Users in the Marine Commons of Cape Three Points- Ghana.
  • Investigation of Landsat satellite image change detection of snow and ice cover- A seasonal and multi annual time scale approach to evaluate this technique as a tool for water resource management.
  • The role of Information Accessibility in achieving Transparancy and Accoutability in Ghana's oil Industry- A reality check from Cape Three Point.
  • Environmental and Economic Impact of Mangrove Deforestation- Case study of Vadamaradchy East, Sri Lanka.
  • A New Approach Towards Comparing Environmental Impacts From Small-Scale Hydropower, Large-Scale Hydropower and Wind Power.
  • Response to Impact of Climate Change through Community Manged Forests in Nepal: Is REDD + Panacea for community?
  • Transboundary Water Managament- The Case of the Kikagati/Murongo Hydropower Development Project.

Practical information

 

Special information for a Master's student specializing in Biology:

  • "How to do science" - this is a compulsory introductory course in week 34
  • We recommend that you take BI3052 Study Design (start week 37)
  • Excursions: Students attending MSENVITOX 3 days field in week 35
  • Excursions: Students attending MSMACODEV 3 days field in week 35
  • Course outline of MSc programme