Masters in Ecology and Environment Studies

Nalanda University

Program Description

Masters in Ecology and Environment Studies

Nalanda University


Rooted in the tradition of the ancient Nālandā University, the School aspires to develop knowledge on environmental issues that transcend constraints imposed by disciplinary boundaries. It promotes research and education on various environmental problems at local, regional and global levels. The unique environmental challenges of Asia are recognized by the School, and studies relevant to the region are emphasized.

Diverse perspectives are used to analyse contemporary environmental concerns in order to develop meaningful solutions. The thrust areas of the School are: Human Ecology, Water, Food and Agriculture, Biodiversity, Disasters, Climate Change and Energy Studies.

The School currently offers a two-year Masters’ programme and is planning to launch a Doctoral programme in 2017. Life on campus encourages a paradigm of lived philosophy melding with taught philosophy.

The Masters Programme

The course is designed for international students from diverse backgrounds, including social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and engineering. All Master’s students are required to obtain a minimum of 48 credits spread over 4 semesters, with a summer internship during the vacation between the first and second years. The curriculum comprises a mix of core and elective courses.

The first two semesters provide breadth of knowledge, through multi-disciplinary courses, to cover core concepts around key environmental dimensions. These include earth sciences, ecology, economics and social dimensions of environment, along with introductory research methods, during the first semester. Sustainable Development and Environmental Laws and Policies are the two interdisciplinary core courses in the second semester, along with introductory elective courses in the thrust areas of the School.

The last two semesters provide depth of knowledge and build capability for independent research. A range of major and minor elective courses, reflecting expertise and specialized interests of the faculty, is on offer during the third semester while the fourth semester is wholly dedicated to an individual dissertation. There are multiple options for methodology courses and opportunities for undertaking independent studies.

The School promotes a nuanced understanding of real world problems. Field work is emphasized through visits, assignments and projects in and around the campus. Students spend 8-10 weeks at the end of first year (during summer break) to intern at institutions of their choice. The dissertation is an opportunity to conceptualize, plan and implement a small research topic. The course is, therefore, uniquely designed with an orientation to research.

Nālandā Graduates

Graduates of Nālandā University are not only conversant with contemporary environmental issues but are also capable of addressing these through a unique interdisciplinary approach, problem-solving attitude and lateral thinking. They are generally suitable for research (towards higher university degree, consulting projects, policy advocacy), active community engagement (grassroots programmes of government, non-profit or for-profit entities), enterprises (corporate expansions, start-ups), administration (government policy and programme), action (journalism, communication, community mobilization) etc.


The School has established connections for collaborative research links with institutions around the world. Some of the major ones are:

  • School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (USA)
  • Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
  • Borlaug Institute of South Asia, BISA (India)
  • Eckerd College, (USA)
  • Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI), Kyoto (Japan)
  • University of Missouri, (USA)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
July 2017
2 years
Full time
470 USD
Start date July 2017
India Patna, Bihar
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 470 USD
tuition fee per semester