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Management of Natural Resources - master

120 credits, taught in Norwegian. Contact: Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management (INA).

Programme goal

Master candidates in Management of Natural Resources from UMB have obtained knowledge and skills that will make them competent to discuss, evaluate, and carry out actions related to important environmental matters.

Social relevance

The study encompasses conservation biology, global change ecology, management of wildlife and fishery resources, water resource management, and resource economics. After completing the programme, graduates will understand the ecological and social basis for nature management and be able to apply this in practice.

Qualifications after graduation

The programme qualifies graduates for positions in public natural resource management, as an official in municipalities, county municipalities, county governor departments or in central government departments. The education also qualifies graduates to take positions in industrial organisations and organisations with connections to the use and protection of natural resources and areas. The programme also qualifies graduates for admission to Ph.D. studies in natural resource management or ecology in Norway and abroad.

Admission requirements

The applicants must have obtained a Bachelor\'s degree or equivalent in Natural Sciences (biology, ecology, agricultural or environmental sciences). Applicants must have obtained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in their degree.

Learning outcomes

A candidate who has completed the education is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in competence, knowledge and skills: Competence: -Can utilize his/her knowledge and skills on new scientific areas to carry out advanced tasks and independent research projects within natural resource management. - Can communicate his/her assessments and conclusions in a clear and convincing manner, both orally and written. Knowledge: - Has a sound understanding of the ecological and social basis for a sustainable management of natural resources - Has a comprehensive understanding of the field of study as a whole, in addition to having an in-depth knowledge about two or more scientific areas related to natural resource management. - Can analyze the consequences of the use and protection of natural resources in a thorough, critical, and multidisciplinary manner. - Has good knowledge of the structure, relevant laws, and administrative rules in natural resource management and social planning. Skills: - Can analyze and critically evaluate different sources of information, both written and oral, use these to structure and formulate scientific arguments, as well as utilizing the results in practical natural resource management. - Can develop interdisciplinary analyses of problems and solutions related to Norwegian natural resource management and create operative management plans. - Can evaluate various management strategies for the sustainable use of natural resources.

Learning activities

The student acquire, process, discuss and synthesize advanced knowledge through a combination of lectures, seminars, project reports, lab reports, term papers, and field work. The study concludes with an independent research project (Master\'s thesis, 30 or 60 ECTS).


The types of evaluation include written and oral exams, semester assignments, participation in and reporting from compulsory activities, and student presentations. The Master\'s thesis and the special syllabus related to it are defended with an external examiner present.

Programme contents and structure

The following courses are compulsory for all students. Conservation Biology, Practical Nature Management, Environment and planning - part 1, Environment and planning - part 2, Environmental law, Nature Management in Norway and a course in Scientific Methodology. Students specialise by taking at least two of the following 300-level courses: Wildlife Management, Management of Freshwater Fish, Water Pollution, Environmental Pollutants and Ecotoxicology, Global Change Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Ecology and Management of Rivers and Lakes, Nature-based Tourism, Environmental Economics, Forest ecology, and/or Law of Planning and Environment.

Cooperation with other institutions

There is cooperation with the Dept. of Economics and Resource Management within the specialisation of resource economics and with the Dept of Plant and Environmental Sciences in water resource management.

Studies abroad

The programme allows for the possibility of studying abroad, provided the student takes the compulsory subjects in the Master?s degree programme. These subjects can be taken at UMB or at another college or university abroad, subject to approval.

Arrangements for incoming exchange students

The department has a broad spectrum of subjects taught in English, either on a regular basis or on request from the students. The department can therefore offer foreign students a normal academic year in English in the area of natural resource management and ecology.


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Phone: (+47) 64 96 61 00
Fax: (+47) 64 94 75 05


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