Master of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Management
Study Objectives and Studies
This Master’s degree programme is for you who wish to deepen your knowledge in sustainable management of natural resources. The studies has a special focus on bioeconomy, i.e., the use of renewable natural resources for producing food, energy, products and services.
You will obtain skills in participatory processes and conflict management in the field of natural resource management. You will also gain advanced project management and leadership skills and be able to improve your communication skills. The degree title is Master of Natural Resources.
The studies comprise 60 ECTS (30 ECTS consist of 7 courses and 30 ECTS of the thesis) and are completed in two years. The major part of the studies and instruction is conducted using a learning platform. The thesis work is realized as a research and development project related to working life.
Graduates can pursue careers in e.g., governmental departments and agencies, environmental agencies (private and public), consulting companies, producers of products from natural resources, and non-governmental organizations. A future career in research and development is also a possibility, as well as becoming self-employed.
Eligibility to Apply and Application
The degree programme is intended for students who already have a Bachelor’s degree within the field of sustainable management of natural resources judged suitable by Novia UAS (such as agriculture, horticulture, environmental planning, forestry, biology, or natural resources management), as well as a minimum of three years of working experience from the field.
Language of Instruction
The programme is offered in English.
The thesis comprises of 30 ECTS, and often acts as a bridge between study and work, and gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical models to practical problems. The work becomes part of the student's personal skills profile. Alternatives for the thesis are:
- a research study (e.g., investigation, mapping, analysis and / or evaluation, enquiry)
- a development project (e.g. development of working methods or activities)
- product development (such as a prototype or a model)
Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has completed a Master’s degree is qualified for positions for which the qualification requirement is a second-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields of study. The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, level e.
The Natural Resource Management programme works closely with the other environmental profiled degree programmes at Campus Raseborg. Cooperation with universities, state and regional authorities as well as private companies are also a part of the activities. This also includes Novia’s Bioeconomy Research Team at Campus Raseborg.
Given that the tuition language is English, the possibilities for working on an international level, both during and after the studies, are good. For example, the thesis project is perfectly suited to conduct abroad.
Postgraduate Study Opportunities
With a Master’s degree, students are eligible to apply for doctoral studies at a university.