Curricula 2017–

Master of Natural Resources, Natural Resource Management (60 cr)

Degree: Master of Natural Resources
Qualification title: Master of Natural Resources
Duration of studies: 2 years
Study type: Part-timePart-time
Realization plans

Advanced Professional Studies

NRM14ME115   16 cr

Natural Resource Management

The student:
- is able to identify and analyse the factors that affect the utilization and management of natural resources
- is well acquainted with national and international legislation and other control mechanisms which affect the management of natural resources
- is able to apply planning methods and tools for the sustainable utilization of natural resources
- has good knowledge of how one facilitates the participation and contribution of interested parties in the decision making and implementation of natural resources management
- has a good knowledge of how the management and utilization of various natural resources are connected and sees the possibilities in the development of integrated administration
5    5 cr

Natural Resource Economics

The student:
- has a deep understanding of the importance of natural resources for human welfare as well as why sustainable use of natural resources is necessary for economic growth and welfare
- understands the role of market mechanisms in resource allocation and how market failures affects environmental quality and human welfare,
- can apply, within his/her own field, economic reasoning in analysis of environmental problems as well as efficient resource allocation and how these problems can be solved by implementation market-based and administrative instruments,
- is familiar with methods evaluating social net benefits of environmental protection as well as cost efficiency and what sorts of methods are used for economic valuation of environmental benefits
- understands importance of EU:s and national policies and strategies to promote efficient resource allocation and sustainable development,
 5   5 cr

Research Methodology

The student:
- can conduct a literature search and identify relevant literature from quality assured and peer reviewed sources
- knows how to work according to the scientific methods of relevance for the field
- is able to in detail plan a scientific study and is able to analyze and present research findings
- is familiar with the fundamentals of scientific writing and presentation of scientific text
3    3 cr

Basics in GIS

The student:
- is able to locate and take into use relevant online GIS-material
- knows how to import data into a GIS-software and how to manage spatial references
- can analyze geographical environmental data
- can visualize geographic information effectively
3    3 cr
NRM14LC410   14 cr

Professional Communication

The student:
- knows how to find, assess and summarize information as well as data related to natural resources and environment
- is able to function and appear as an expert within his/her own field and communicate actively in varying professional contexts
- is able to choose forms of communication and convey information taking the target group into account
4    4 cr

Leadership and Project Management

The student:
- is able to understand his/her own actions and is familiar with how one develops one’s own leadership
- has understanding of how one develops the skills to understand and manage others
- is able to understand the courses of action of organizations, groups and individuals within various fields and sectors of society
- is able to apply different project methods and systems for the effective realization of projects and is familiar with various ways to finance and administer research and development work
 5   5 cr

Participatory Processes and Conflict Management

The student:
- has skills to plan, manage and realize participation in processes
- understands how conflicts begin and is able to discuss values and attitudes with different groups of people
- is able to handle conflicts which arise in natural resource management in a professional and constructive manner
 5   5 cr

Elective Studies


Degree Thesis

NRM17DT525   30 cr

Degree Thesis

At the first stage of the thesis, the objective is discussed with the supervisor(s), and the research project is identified and defined. The thesis project is presented at the starting seminar. After this first seminar the thesis project is evaluated.
5    5 cr

Degree Thesis

At the second stage the process continues by gathering information and combining the theoretical framework and work. A development project is based on the requirements of the working life. The student is able to critically evaluate the sources and methods, select the applicable ones and to use them systematically. On the second seminar the student presents the phase of the process. The project will be processed with the seminar participants and the supervisor. The student is able to self-evaluate the process of this stage. After the second seminar the thesis project is evaluated.
 10   10 cr

Degree Thesis

At the third stage the student masters the material and methods used, and is capable of critically analyzing gathered datato be able to analyse and complete the thesis. The student is able to document the final results and report the research according to good ethical principles. At the final seminar the student is capable to present the thesis in depth. After the final seminar the thesis is evaluated by the supervisor(s).
 15   15 cr

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