International Environmental Studies, M.Sc. | Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) | Ås, Norway
24 months
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This Master of Science in International Environmental Studies at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) provides students with the skills needed to study local to global environmental problems and to formulate policies and strategies for sustainable development. They learn to engage with the issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.


The Master of Science in International Environmental Studies at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)  consists of a set of core courses – Introduction to International Environmental Studies, Foundations of Sustainability Science, and Research Methods – a broad variety of electives, and a 30-credit master thesis. 

The core courses present fundamental concepts and analytical tools in environmental and sustainability science, and provide knowledge on the use of scientific methods.

 Elective courses include:

  • Agroecology and Development
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Environmental Governance
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Global Food Security
  • Linking Ecological and Social Resilience
  • Political Ecology.

Both the elective courses and the master thesis allow students to specialise and tailor their course plan accordingly.

The program is interdisciplinary and uses a socio-ecological approach, with courses that focus on both natural and social aspects of the environmental challenges of our time. Students with both natural and social science backgrounds are accepted into the program.The role of international political bodies, nation states and state policies, intergovernmental organizations, markets and civil society are emphasised. Poverty alleviation, health, human well-being, and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources are core aspects of sustainable development that are extensively covered in the program.The program has an international scope, with a curriculum that covers topics that are relevant for countries across the globe, and utilises research-based knowledge from a wide set of geographical contexts. The program also covers global environmental issues as well as international initiatives for sustainability, and attracts students from all over the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sustainability Science: ecological, social, and economic dimensions
  • Research Methods
  •  International Environmental Studies
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Agroecology and development
  • The Politics and Governance of the Environment
  • Political Ecology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant field. Depending on your planned specialization, your background may be from environmental sciences, ecology, resource management, agriculture, forestry, geography, economics, humanities, political science or a relevant social science. 
  • Copy of foreign passport or ID   card
    • Documentation of upper secondary school
    • Documentation of higher education
    • Courses to be completed
    • Translations
    • Documentation of English language proficiency
    • Documentation of financing
    • Motivation Letter

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

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  • Since NMBU is a publicly funded state university, there are no tuition fees. 
  • However, most students must pay a small semester fee. 

Living costs for Ås

9420 - 15000 NOK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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