MSc in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development

MSc in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development

Masters ·
2 years

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:

  1. To produce high level technical professionals who can provide services according to the needs of various clients (government, semi-government,and private companies/industries).
  2. To produce self-reliant and practically oriented resource managers who can initiate their own enterprises in the area of forestry and forest based industries and also provide consultancy services to other interested individuals and organizations.
  3. To utilize under-used resources of the IOF and explore other potential resources and make IOF as a center of excellence in the area of teaching, research and extension in forestry.
  4. To develop professional relationships with various organizations(Government, bilateral and multilateral forestry projects in Nepal), donor agencies, and other in-country and out-country academic and research institutions.

Salient Features

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 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.

Admission Criteria

Admission Procedure

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.

  1. Character Certificate
  2. Citizenship certificate for Nepalese candidates
  3. Three recent passport sized photographs
  4. Candidates for the IOF staff seat must submit a no objection certificate from his/her Campus Chief and must be officially nominated by the IOF.
  5. Candidates from other countries must have a financial support affidavit.

Entrance Examination

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.

Curricular Structure

Major subject areas

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
First Semester
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
Second Semester
7. SFB 751 Agroforestry 2
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
Third Semester
13. SFM 801 Research Methodology and Participatory Action Research 2
14. WME 802 Geographical Information Science 4
15. SFM 805 Project Management* 2
16. FPE 807 Bio-energy* 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
Fourth Semester
21. R&T 852 Thesis 10
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.