Masters in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Natural Resource Management

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Natural resource management focuses on the need of sustainable management of the Earth's depleting natural resources such as clean water, energy, minerals and biological resources, in relation to the growth of the human population. To answer these pressing issues, professionals need to be able to work in interdisciplinary teams and apply scientific, ecological, economic and social knowledge to come up with holistic solutions.

Study programmes in natural resource management offer science-based core curricula in fields such as biology, resource geology, geography, or social sciences. Courses and specialisations focus on environmental topics like land-use planning, conservation biology, energy use, climate change, renewable resource management, forest and wildlife management, or natural resource policy.

Classes include lectures from leading experts, computer labs, tutorials, as well as relevant fieldwork. Graduates are trained to be able to maintain a dialogue with diverse parties involved in natural resource initiatives. By understanding complex issues, resource managers are involved in implementing sustainable solutions to environmental problems, educating the public, while understanding connections between society and biological systems.

Graduates can find work as consultants or staff in a range of companies and government agencies. They can pursue careers in sustainability planning, environmental project management, wildlife conservation, natural conservation management, natural park management, wildlife biology, fertilizer sales, and more.

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Suggested Masters in Natural Resource Management

M.Sc. Natural Resource Management

The Natural Resource Management programme at Novia University of Applied Sciences is for students who wish to deepen their knowledge in sustainable management of natural resources. The studies has a special focus on bioeconomy, i.e., the use of renewable natural resources for producing food, energy, products and services.

Finland
M.Sc. Coastal and Marine Management

The Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre of the West Fjords is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program in natural resource management. The program is especially built on the principle and practice of biology, sociology, economics and business studies. 

Iceland
M.Sc. Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management

The master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management is a two-year MSc programme at Wageningen University and Research. Oceans, seas, estuaries and lakes are major providers of ecosystem goods and services such as tourism and coastal protection. In many cases, exploitation levels have bypassed the carrying capacity of these ecosystems leading to devastating effects on the ecosystem functioning.

Netherlands
M.Sc. Water Management and Governance

The Water Management and Governance programme from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education brings together the scientific study of water resources with practical planning and management skills. Participants are encouraged to study water management from a multi-disciplinary perspective and to seek integrated solutions. 

Netherlands