Natural Resources, MSc by Research Postgraduate prospectus

Natural Resources MSc by Research is a programme with the Natural Resources Institute with an emphasis on tropical applications.

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1 years full time

2 years part time



These programmes are for students and professionals who wish to acquire improved expertise and knowledge in natural resources. The programme explores the ways in which developmental needs can be met through better understanding and improved management of renewable natural resources, without placing unsustainable demands on the environment.

The emphasis is on tropical applications, the Natural Resources Institute's principal area of expertise.

Degree structure

The MSc by Research consists of an extended research project and a limited number of taught courses and is available for students with the appropriate background and interest and is based on suitable academic performance in their first term of studies. The programme provides students with an overview and awareness of natural resources, their management and sustainable development, and provides training which enables students to apply the principles of sustainable natural resource management to their own disciplines.

Courses will be selected from the portfolio offered through the MSc Sustainable Environmental Management and MSc Agriculture for Sustainable Development.


The aims of the programme are to:

  • Introduce students to the nature of natural resources, their investigation and interactions, and their integration with other aspects of the human and natural world
  • Provide opportunities for specialist studies in selected areas of this broad subject
  • Provide students with a framework to undertake further studies in aspects of natural resources and sustainable development.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

EITHER an appropriate first degree

OR equivalent professional qualifications.

If you do not have formal entry qualifications, you may be admitted, depending on your work experience and responsibilities.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

Extra information


Students are assessed through examinations and coursework.


This programme provides professional development for those working in the research field.

  • Research Methods for Postgraduates (15 credits)
  • Long project (NRI) (120 credits)
  • Two to three options (45 credits)
  • Component short courses are available on a stand-alone basis.

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