MSc in Environmental and Resource Management


Program Description

Are you interested in obtaining analytical and empirical skills for solving the environmental problems of tomorrow? Are you interested in finding balances among environmental, economic, and social interests?

To answer these questions, you need a thorough understanding of the many approaches toward environmental problems.

MSc in Environmental and Resource Management combines natural science, engineering, and a social science which enable the students to create sustainable solutions by addressing the environmental problems of tomorrow.

Program Structure

Master of Science in Environmental and Resource Management requires two years of full-time study or 120 ECTS in total, each year consisting of four quarters. The program consists of 9 compulsory courses (60 ECTS) offered in the first four quarters. The 30 ECTS elective course/internship/study aboard are typically placed in the fifth and sixth quarters, and the thesis (30 ECTS) is to be written during the seventh and eighth quarters.

Learning outcomes

The objective of the Master of Science in Environmental and Resource Management (ERM) is to qualify the student to identify, formulate and solve complex problems attached to the use and conservation of environmental and natural resources by acquiring specialist, theoretical and methodical qualifications. Furthermore, it aims to make the student qualified to participate nationally and internationally in interdisciplinary teams to solve complex tasks within the environmental and resource area in planning, administration, innovation, management, and communication.

The most important competence the student obtains is specialist and methodology tools in social science and natural science/technology in order to obtain knowledge to understand complex environmental and resource problems and to find sustainable solutions. This demands a thorough understanding of both the problems themselves and the organizational possibilities/restrictions attached to the development within the area.

More specifically the competences that the student obtains by following this program are described from the following three central elements in the program, the technological/natural science domain and the behavioral/social domain and the connection between these two.

  • In the technological/natural science domain importance is attached to competences related to natural resources and the environmental characteristics and the technological dimension of using and processing material, energy and the environment
  • In the behavioral/social domain competencies are important within the most efficient exploitation of natural resources and the environment as part of the economic system and also the interaction between partners, the environment and natural resources
  • Competences that enable the coupling of these domains are developed by selected courses, projects, study groups, and the final thesis.

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Career Opportunities

Do you want to play a role and make a difference by analyzing, managing, and solving environmental and natural resource problems and issues of the 21st Century?

With a Master of Science in Environmental and Resource Management you will attain a set of competencies, which allow you to work with a great number of different tasks in environmental management – both in the public and the private sector, as well as in NGOs and stakeholder organizations: 

  • Graduates will be able to design and conduct an analysis of existing or future environmental strategies and policies within an organization or at a societal level
  • Your job opportunities will be many: for example working as an advisor for business leaders, who must consider the environmental impacts of their decisions and develop a competitive advantage
  • Or working as an environmental leader where you will benefit from the business skills in combination with natural science, technical and economic issues in the proposed solutions to environmental problems
  • With an international perspective, education can be used globally in numerous contexts. Together with the approaches learned, education will enable you to specialize and find work in your particular area of interest.

Job titles: Environmental Process Consultant, Climate Coordinator, Climate Manager, Project Coordinator, Environmental Responsibility Manager, Environmental Coordinator, Research fellow, and Ph.D. Student.

Last updated Aug 2020

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