What will I learn

Natural Resources Management (Master's Programme)

What will you learn?

Two guys sit by the shore looking at seaweed and taking notes. Photo.
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Do you want to contribute to the UN's sustainability goals through natural resources management?

The Master in Natural Resources Management programme is a two-year international interdisciplinary programme, consisting of the specializations Biology and Geography.
The specially designed programme gives the students an understanding of the importance of managing natural resources sustainably, while developing an understanding of the connections between different disciplines and actors. It will also help you to be able to communicate with actors across disciplines. This programme aims to give an outstanding, and unique, education and the required knowledge that will contribute to finding 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 Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Management of natural resources

Natural resources provide us with essential ecosystem services such as clean water, energy, minerals, and biological resources in terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems, crucial for human well-being. However, the increasing demands for these natural resources due to the growth of the human population combined with the decline of infinite resources urgently calls for a shift towards a more 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 to establish dialogues between the different disciplines involved. This can include between the stakeholders and a good understanding of the connections between other actors.


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

  • Biology
  • Geography 

The Master’s in Natural Resources Management comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The average workload for a full-time student during one academic year is 60 ECTS credits. The study is structured around four 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 national/international issues suited for the individual student according to their specialisations. Each student will be assigned an academic supervisor from a relevant research group.