Natural and anthropogenic hazards and risks account for huge financial losses caused by rapidly evolving land-use change and global warming negative impacts. The ERMA program equips students with skills in risk management and data analysis enabling them to better predict and mitigate environmental hazards and risks. The ERMA program is project-oriented and makes extensive use of case studies typical of the Arctic area.
Northern Arctic Federal University located in the Russian Arctic (Arkhangelsk City) and acting as one of the world-recognized Arctic institutions offers you Master level program ERMA that aims at training skilled specialists with in-depth knowledge of contemporary ecology. Its graduates are qualified for independent research and practical work in the field of environmental risk management.
Regarding the COVID-19 situation:
We are planning for various scenarios so that we can react flexibly to the unpredictability of the coronavirus situation.
As of today, there is a specific list of countries from the Government of the Russian Federation. Only students from 31 countries can enter (1. Abkhazia, 2. Belarus, 3. Azerbaijan, 4. Vietnam, 5. Armenia, 6. Greece, 7. Egypt, 8. India, 9. Kazakhstan, 10. Maldives, 11. Qatar, 12. The United Arab Emirates, 13. Kyrgyzstan, 14. Seychelles, 15. Cuba, 16. Serbia, 17. Tanzania, 18. Singapore, 19. Finland, 20. Turkey, 21. Switzerland, 22. Ethiopia, 23. South Korea, 24. Japan, 25. South Ossetia, 26. Venezuela, 27. Germany, 28. Syria, 29. Tajikistan, 30. Uzbekistan, 31. Sri-Lanka).
The studies for people from other countries will be organized in a distant online format.
Public and private organizations in the field of ecology and environmental management in the Arctic Institutions in the field of environmental control, monitoring and inspection of ecological and economic projects,
Resource management institutions,
Graduates receive a Master degree in Ecology and Environmental Management and are qualified for:
Project and production activities
You may apply for full-degree or take up separate modules as short-term / semester mobility
Research module (15 ECTS)
Methodology and Methods of Scientific Research;
Educational practice: research seminar;
Educational practice: project;
General module (15 ECTS)
Computer technologies and statistical methods in ecology and environmental management;
Environmental law system;
Environmental Law and Indigenous Peoples’ Law;
International environmental law;
Environmental monitoring (15 ECTS)
Priority pollutants of the Arctic territories;
Environmental pollution assessment;
Elective courses: Environmental risks in the Arctic Region / Contemporary physical-chemical methods of environmental risk reduction;
Internship, Practice for obtaining professional skills and professional experience;
Environmental management and nature protection (15 ECTS)
Environmental management system;
Enterprise environmental management system;
Elective courses: Decision-Making in Environmental Safety / Sustainable development in the industry;
Scientific research practice;
Risk management (15 ECTS)
Clean Production Technologies;
Scientific research practice;
Sustainability of the Arctic Region (15 ECTS)
Biodiversity conservation concepts;
Human adaptation in the Arctic;
Sustainable development of the Arctic region;
Scientific research practice;
Science research and defense of Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
Total of 120 ECTS
The program is internationally accredited by the National Centre for Public Accreditation (NCPA) in accordance with the ESG ENQA
Bachelor’s Degree or Specialist Diploma
English proficiency (B2)
Master Diploma from Northern Arctic Federal University
European Diploma Supplement
The Program offers its students unique opportunities to apply for semester studies in UiT (Tromsø, Norway) and participation in NArFU Arctic marine expedition (on a competitive basis)
Arctic Floating University is an annual scientific and education marine expedition, which brings together young people and researchers in order to study the Arctic. For scientists - it is a possibility to conduct research in the high-latitude Arctic. For students – it’s a unique educational program containing a multidisciplinary course of lectures and practical training together with experienced researchers.
Academic and Living Environment
Shared Use of Equipment Center “Arktika”. It is designing means and methods of environmental control and monitoring applicable in Russia’s Arctic and sub-Arctic areas
Arctic Satellite Monitoring Center. Due to optical and radar images of different degrees of detail, it is possible to ensure non-stop satellite monitoring of the Arctic region thanks to working with both.
Arctic Fund Catalogue. Library funds consist of circa 1.2 million educational and scientific books, periodicals, abstracts of dissertations and dissertations itself, teaching aids, bibliographic indexes, foreign publications in print and electronic media.
"I went to study for the program "Environmental Risk Management in the Arctic" in order to get the necessary knowledge first of all for my main job – a journalist for the Federal News Agency. Since I write a lot of materials on Arctic topics, on environmental and related topics. The program is very versatile. The modules in law and chemistry were particularly useful for me. The fact that the course is in English helps you navigate the English-language literature on this topic and communicate with experts from other countries". Irina Skalina, an alumnus of the ERMA program 2020
"Studying at the master’s program «Environmental Risk Management in the Arctic» in 2017-2019 years was a useful and rewarding experience in my career path. In 2019, I was lucky to take part in the expedition project “Arctic Floating University” to Svalbard, where I attended lectures of the Russian and foreign scientists and conducted fieldworks under their supervision on board the scientific vessel «Professor Molchanov». The master program and the expedition became a turning point in starting my Ph.D. in Natural Sciences in NArFU". Umidakhon Gapurova, NArFU Ph.D. student, an alumnus of the ERMA program, 2019
"The Arctic is the cooling part of the Earth's ecosystem which, due to the grasshopper effect, has accumulated pollutants from other regions and therefore requires increased attention from the academic community. I would recommend the ERMA program to everyone who cares about global environmental sustainability." Harmony Kano Adoma, an alumnus of the ERMa program 2018
"The course of this degree is very worth studying. It can help improve your mathematical thinking. It also contains many interesting chemistry experiments to improve your hands-on ability. It also has some law courses to cultivate your rigorous thinking. It also has some wonderful GIS courses, as well as quality system and risk management courses to enrich your knowledge structure. In short, this degree is very interesting and helpful. Whether you continue to study for a Ph.D. or work after graduation, you will feel a lot of benefits". Bai Yunfeng, an alumnus of the ERMA program 2016