M.Sc. Natural Resource management and Rural Development (NRMRD)is a two year long, four-semester programs. Students will have to take courses in the first three semester sand carry out research and write a thesis in the fourth semester. However, they are required to start planning their thesis work right from the second semester in consultation with the Advisory Committee.
Tribhuvan University institute of Forestry offers M.Sc. Natural Resource management and Rural Development (NRMRD) through two colleges, Institute of Forestry Pokhara Campus and Kathmandu Forestry College with an objective to produce well-trained and practically equipped human resources that can be instrumental in protection, conservation, and management of forests and other natural resources of the country and the world.
Specifically these programs are run:
Interested and eligible candidates can apply for admission to the M.Sc. programs by filling out the prescribed application forms and submitting the documents and credentials as mentioned below. Application forms and program brochures are available upon request from KAFCOL and IOF Dean and liaison offices, Kirtipur. Online application through the IOF website can also be made. Students who have passed the entrance exam are eligible for admission in this program.
The completed application along with the documents, fees and credentials should reach the Admission Committee in advance.
Required Documents and Credentials
Academic transcript of B.Sc. degree in respective fields. In case an applicant is a graduate of a university other than Tribhuvan University, he/she has to submit a certificate of migration and a certificate of recognition and equivalence of his/her educational qualification from Curriculum Development Centre, TU.
Nepalese applicants have to take a three-hour long entrance examination. The questions asked in this examination are of multiple choice objective types, based on forestry and natural resource management courses of B.Sc. Forestry program. Full marks for the examination are 300 and an applicant must secure a minimum of 40% (120 marks) marks to pass the test. The final merit list of applicants will be prepared by adding 20% marks of the B.Sc. Degree to 80% of the marks obtained by the candidates in the entrance examination.
Names of candidates who pass the entrance test will appear in the result list in merit order. Foreign applicants will be selected on the basis of their grades secured in the B.Sc. Degree. In case the seats reserved for foreign students remain vacant, these will be considered the high-tuition fee seats for Nepalese applicants. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their merit. In case the seats in high tuition fee remain vacant, successful Nepalese applicants who have applied for low tuition fee will be given an opportunity for admission, if s/he agrees to pay the high tuition fee.
Academic session: The session generally starts in September-October each year. The admission time can vary as per the TU Institute of Forestry (IOF) annual calendar.
Tuition fee: The fees are liable to changes time to time. Please see the attached leaflet or contact the college by phone/ email to know the fee structure. Students can make full payment of the capitation fee on enrolment or partial payment by installments in each semester. Maximum two students nominated by the Government of Nepal in each batch get full scholarships. College can also occasionally provide some financial incentives to deserving candidates.
An applicant must have at least a 3 years B.Sc. Forestry degree or B.Sc. Natural Resource management or B.Sc. Environmental Science or B.Sc. Environmental Management or B.Sc. Agriculture or B.E. (Agriculture Engineering) from T.U. or any university recognized by TU.
To be eligible in all these programs,foreign applicants should have studied their undergraduate courses in English medium. Staff seats are reserved only for IOF staff members who have B.Sc.degree in one of the above mentioned subjects. Senior faculty members will get priority. However,all applicants who apply for admission in these programs must pass the entrance examination administered by the IOF.
Non-timber Forest Products, Community Forestry, Natural Resource Economics, Global Environmental Change, Agroforestry, Sustainable Forest Management, Rural Development, Ecotourism Planning & Management, Statistical Methods & Data Management, Research Methodology, Geographical Information Science are some of the main courses offered. The first year will be focused on theoretical course works, while the second year’s courses are designed for application of learned theories and skills in relevant field. The fourth semester is allocated for thesis research.
|S.N.||Course Code||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|1.||FPE 701||Non-timber Forest Products||2|
|2.||SFM 702||Community Forestry and Governance||2|
|3.||SFM 703||Natural Resource Economics||2|
|4.||WME 704||Global Environmental Change||2|
|5.||SFM 707||Economics of Development and Finance||2|
|6.||SFM 708||Society, Culture and Forestry||2|
|Semester Credit Hours||12|
|8.||SFM 752||Statistical Method and Data Management||3|
|9.||PWM 753||Ecotourism Planning and Management||2|
|10.||SFM 754||Sustainable Forest Management||3|
|11.||SFM 757||Rural Development||2|
|12.||SFM 758||Conservation and Rural Development||2|
|Semester Credit Hours||14|
|13.||SFM 801||Research Methodology and Participatory Action Research||2|
|14.||WME 802||Geographical Information Science||4|
|15.||SFM 805||Project Management*||2|
|17.||FPE 808||Programming C++*||2|
|18.||SFM 809||Conflict Management in NRM*||2|
|19.||SFM 810||Experiential Learning*||2|
|20.||R & T 851||Seminar I (Proposal Presentation)||1|
|Semester Credit Hours||13|
|22.||R&T 853||Seminar II (Thesis Defense)||1|
|Semester Credit Hours||11|
|Total Credit Hours||50|
*Elective Courses (any two courses are required for registration from the group of elective courses)
An elective course will be offered only when at least seven students registered for the course.