Postgraduate prospectus

MSc Natural Resources (by Research)

Gain expertise in sustainable development from the Natural Resources Institute with an MSc by Research in Natural Resources.

This research master's in natural resources is for graduates and professionals looking for greater knowledge and expertise in natural resources and sustainable development.

The MSc consists of a selection of taught courses (from our MSc Global Environmental Change and MSc Agriculture for Sustainable Development) plus an extended research project which enables you to focus on an aspect relevant to your interests.

The programme provides awareness of natural resources, their management and sustainable development. You'll also understand how to apply the principles of sustainable natural resource management to your own discipline.




  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

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* 2022 starters pay the 2021/22 fees.

2021/22 fees

What you should know about this course

  • The programme will introduce you to natural resources and their integration with other aspects of the natural world.
  • The emphasis is on tropical applications, which is the Natural Resources Institute’s principal specialist area.
  • Study at Medway Campus in Kent, and benefit from our renovated laboratory facilities.
  • The part-time option is available to UK/EU students only.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

At NRI, we hold high professional standards and place the student experience at the heart of all we do. We have over 80 academics publishing work of internationally leading quality, with 22 professors involved in research leadership. Many of our staff have become Associate Fellows, Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. 

The course leader is Dr Peter Burt.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have either a first degree appropriate to the study of Natural Resources (for example in the agricultural, biological, or environmental sciences) 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.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

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Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.


Two-thirds of this course (120 credits) is a research project that will help students develop significant expertise and research skills. Students also choose courses worth 60 credits from the Institute's master's-level portfolios that are relevant and/or required for the topic of the research project. The course is ideal for industry-based projects and has been a popular option for part-time students already in employment.

Class sizes

There are around 30 students on the MSc programmes in NRI. For specialist modules, our classes are often limited to about 6 students in lab sessions and 20 in lectures. This helps to create familiarity between students and staff and ensure a great learning experience. Because students choose different taught courses from a wide range of options, the class size is usually suitable in lectures and laboratory work.

Independent learning

The main assessment of this course is a research project. For this, much of your study time will be spent working independently.

There are also taught elements from other master's courses. Here, your independent study will include any reading, preparation and assessments required to complete these successfully.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students (available to UK/EU only), this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying, but is normally half of the full-time equivalent.


The taught modules (60 credits) are assessed through a mixture of examinations, assignments, presentations and group work.

The research project (120 credits) is assessed by a written thesis and a viva exam. This will involve an external examiner, an internal examiner and a panel chair, depending on the most appropriate method of measuring the learning outcomes.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Each academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates from this course can pursue opportunities in research and development in their chosen field.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. Our Employer Partnerships Manager develops relationships with companies to provide employment opportunities. Subject-specific employability skills are also embedded in the modules and the research project.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

You will be assigned at least two supervisors. Your lead supervisor is normally a subject specialist in your area of investigation. The second supervisor will likely be a generalist who can advise on aspects of presentation, general editing and style. 

You also have a personal tutor, who is separate from the supervisory team, plus access to guidance and support from the Programme Leader and the teaching team. A significant amount of support is available from a range of sources.

In your first term, you must complete the mandatory 'Research Methods for Postgraduates' course. This provides a general overview of approaches to research and our facilities, and acts as a route for developing your research project.

Support from the department

All students prepare a research proposal identifying a programme of work and the equipment and resources required. This is approved by the supervisory team and the Natural Resources Institute's Health and Safety Manager. 

We are fully equipped to support a range of research disciplines with our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Field-based work is also supported, by agreement of the research proposal and work plan.

Ongoing research is supported by a seminar series delivered by current staff, visiting researchers and postgraduate research students, as well as similar Faculty-level initiatives.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.