Natural Resources Management

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 12.5k / Academic year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:1260 Duration:24 months

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The Master of Science in Natural Resources Management programme is a two-year international interdisciplinary programme, consisting of the specializations Biology, Resource Geology and Geography. It is especially designed to give the students an understanding of the importance of management for sustainable use of natural resources, an understanding of the connections and the ability to communicate between different disciplines and actors.

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 decrease of the finite resources urgently calls for a sustainable management of these resources.

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.

MSc programme in Natural Resources Management aims at giving a unique education and required knowledge that willcontribute to find sustainable solutions of interdisciplinary challenges related to the management of natural resources.

About the study programme:

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

The programme offers 3 specializations:

* Biology
* Resource Geology
* 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 be integrated in ongoing research projects and to 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.

Career Prospects: The MSc programme in Natural Resources Management at NTNU will qualify for positions in public sector authorities and organizations on all levels, from regional to global.

As a result of developing national and international laws and regulations for utilizing sustainable resources, the demand of professionals with this special education on these issues is expected to increase in the future.

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.

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 mustfulfill 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 who are supported by the Quota Programme are awarded an extra grant to cover field-trip expenses.
Students outside the Quota Programme must cover the travel and field costs themselves. Project allowances are offered in some special cases.

Examples of Masters theses in Natural Resources ManagementSpecialization 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 Resource Geology:

* Ore forming potential of the Atchiza Suite and Sustainable management of mineral deposits in Mozambique

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.

General requirements Norwegian/Nordic and international applicants should hold a BSc degree or equivalent university education either in Biology, Resource Geology or Geography. Applicants holding another related Bachelor degree may also be considered. There will be an individual evaluation of applicants. The Bachelor degree must be in accordance with the admission requirements to one of the three specializations in this Master's programme. To illustrate; a background with a Bachelor degree in Biology does not qualify for admission to MSc Natural Resources Management with specialization in Resource Geology, but may only qualify for the specialization in Biology. Thus, the Bachelor background of the applicant must be consistent with the specialization in the MSc Natural Resources Management program that you apply for.English language requirements TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 600/90 points on the paper based/internet based test IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) with a minimum score of band 6.5 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

NTNU charges no tuition fees, but regulations from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration state that

all international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must document that they have enough money to live in Norway. For the 2017 intake this amount is NOK 103 950. Successful applicants who are given an offer of admission will later be asked to transfer this amount to NTNU's deposit account. 

NTNU offers no scholarships. 

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