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What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Natural Resources Management programme is a two-year international interdisciplinary programme, consisting of the specializations Biology and Geography.

The programme is especially designed to give the students an understanding of the importance of managing natural resources sustainably developing an understanding of the connections between different disciplines and actors, and being able to communicate with actors across disciplines. It aims at giving a unique education and the required knowledge that will contribute to find sustainable solutions to interdisciplinary challenges related to the management of natural resources.

Management of natural resources

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 decline in finite resources urgently calls for 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 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.


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

The programme offers 2 specializations:


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.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in research at an academic institution or in industry, you can continue with PhD studies here at NTNU, at another Norwegian institution or an institution abroad.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years, 120 ECTS)

Tuition fees
There are no tuition fees at NTNU
Start date

Expected August 2023


Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Trondheim Campus,



7491, Norway

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicant must have A first degree in a relevant field with the Excellent academic performance. Applicants should prove English proficiency. Other English Language Requirements: A passing grade from videregående skole (Norwegian upper secondary school); TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 600 points on the paper based test; University of Cambridge tests: - First Certificate in English - Certificate in Advanced English - Certificate of Proficiency in English; Pearsons Academic English test (PTE): The academic version with a minimum score of 62.

For international students

Norwegian/Nordic and international applicants should hold a BSc degree or equivalent university education either in Biology 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 two 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 Geography, 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.

To be eligible to apply you will need to have at least one of the requisites in the list below:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):

Minimum score of 90 points on the internet based test
minimum score of 600 points on the paper based test

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)

academic test with a minimum overall band score of 6.5

University of Cambridge tests, at least one: - First Certificate in English - Certificate in Advanced English - Certificate of Proficiency in English

Pearsons Academic English test (PTE): The academic version with a minimum score of 62

Application deadlines: 1 December

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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