Master of Arts in Natural Resource Assessment and Management (MANRAM)

The Open University Of Tanzania

Program Description

Master of Arts in Natural Resource Assessment and Management (MANRAM)

The Open University Of Tanzania

The Department of Geography offers a Master of Arts in Natural Resource Assessment and Management MA (NRAM) degree conducted though blended mode. The programme cover resource and environmental assessment, planning and management to a wide range of students with different backgrounds in social or natural sciences related to Geography. The goal is to meet the acute need for high-level manpower in developing countries like Tanzania in resource and environmental assessment, planning and management for sustainable development.

Objectives of the programme

The main objective of the MA (NRAM) Programme is to equip professionals with innovative knowledge, skills and values in integrated natural resource assessment and management in order to enhance understanding of current natural resource management and environmental issues. It is intended to mainstream environmental and natural resource issues in development planning and poverty reduction. It provides training on how to link global, national and local concerns, poverty issues, and natural resource management.

Eligibility for Admission

The applicant with Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or Education with Geography as one of the courses covered with at least a lower second class honours or its equivalent.

Candidates who hold unclassified degrees should have a credit or, a distinction in the subject of the intended Master's Degree. Candidates with a Pass Degree will also be considered for admission if their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a B grade average or above.


MA (NRAM) by coursework shall be completed in a minimum period of 18 months

Programme Structure

Students registered for MA (NRAM) by coursework and dissertation must complete the coursework part with an average grade of 'B' (GPA of at least 3.0) before they are allowed to proceed with dissertation research phase. Students shall take a total of 18 units (14 units of coursework and 4 units of dissertation). Students pursuing MA (NRAM) Programme of coursework and dissertation are required to take 6 core courses and 1 elective.

Core Courses

Title Units
ORM 601 Contemporary Issues in Natural Resource Assessment and Management 2
ORM 602 Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources 2
ORM 603 Climate Change and Environmental Impact Assessment 2
ORM 604 Population Dynamics and Natural Resource Management 2
ORM 605 Applied GIS and Remote Sensing for Natural Resources Assessment 2
ORM 606 Research Methodology and Techniques in Natural Resource Assessment and Dissertation 6
Total Units From Core Courses 16

Any One of the Electives

Title Units
ORM 607 Land Degradation and Rural Livelihoods 2
ORM 608 Sustainable Energy and Gas Resources for Developing Countries 2
ORM 609 Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management 2
ORM 610 Ecology of Tropical Natural Resources 2
ORM 611 Changes in Urban Landscape and Future of Natural Resources 2
ORM 612 Climate Change and Variability 2
Total Units From Elective Course 2

Programme mode of delivery

The programme will be delivered through blended mode as explained in under Directorate of Postgraduate section in this Prospectus.


Dissertation writing is an independent study done by the student under supervision. The student will acquire research skills through research methodology course (ORM 606) which is a core course. Afterwards, students are expected to come up with their dissertation proposal in an acceptable format and make a presentation before being cleared for data collection. Then each candidate shall be allocated a supervisor with whom he/she shall have regular contacts during the period of research. After a proposal duly signed, the candidate shall undertake an applied research and submit a dissertation of approximately 15000-20000 words in partial fulfilment of the Master's Degree requirements. In evaluating the dissertation, the approved regulations regarding dissertation shall apply.

Cost & Fees

Non Tuition Fees

Application fee 30,000 30 30
Registration fee 50,000 100 100
ID processing 20,000 20 20
Student Organization fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 20
Quality assurance fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 40
Coursework Examination fee per paper 20,000 40 60
Plagiarism fee 20,000 20 20

Tution Fee per Unit for Taught Masters Programmes

Blended mode 220,000 100 200
Facilitation fee 50 50
Dissertation fee 220,000 100 200

Note: Facilitation is meant to cater for taxes, levies, postage cost, courier services, and phone call charges.This fee is also paid by Tanzanians residing outside Tanzania.

Other Recommended Direct Student Cost For Masters by Coursework/Dissertation Students

Research/Field Costs & Consultations 1,500,000 1,000
Books 300,000 300
Stationery 100,000 100
Dissertation production 300,000 300
TOTAL 2,200,000 1,700
This school offers programs in:
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Last updated January 23, 2018
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15 months
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Tanzania - Dar Es Salaam
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