MSc in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development

MSc in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development

2 years

MSc Natural Resource management and Rural Development (NRMRD) is a two year long, four-semester programs. The program is designed with an aim to develop effective natural resource managers who can deal with the changing environment.

Objectives of the Program

  • To provide theoretical and practical understanding on the relationship between conservation and development.
  • To build capacity in planning and managing natural resources in conflicting situations.
  • To empower with critical thinking and innovative practice in natural resource management.

Salient Features

Evaluation and Examiantion System

The evaluation system is based oninternal assessment, practical examand final examination. In order to complete the course of study, students should secure at least 40% in the theory, practical and internal assessment separately. The thesis of the student will be evaluated by the Research Assessment Committee (RAC) in grade basis.

Practical will be based on the field exercise, laboratory analysis and desk work. After the completion of each practical work, student will submit the practical report in the standard format provided. The practical will be evaluated based on student’s attendance, submitted reports and viva. Field excursions (half to one day), field visit (at least one night halt), group work/assignment and presentation, case studies, individual assignments and term paper will be considered as the part of the internal assessment andwill be evaluated by the responsible faculty. The responsible faculty will, in advance, notify the students the criteria of evaluation.

Students must appear in the final written examination scheduled at the end of the semester.Student cannot attend the final examinations without passing the internal assessment. After successful completion of the course, student's performance will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Description Percentile

  • Distinction 80% and above
  • First Division 65 % to less than 80 %
  • Second Division 50 % to less than 65 %
  • Pass 40 % to less than 50 %
  • Fail Less than 40%

Medium and Methods of Instruction

The medium of instruction will be English in all M.Sc.programs offered by Institute of Forestry. A faculty member or a visiting faculty will coordinate each course in a given semester. The Course Coordinator will have full responsibility for conduction of the particular course. The methods of instruction will comprise of lectures, tutorials, laboratory works, field work, group discussions, group and individual assignments as applicable.



An applicant for admission in MSc Natural Resource Management and Rural Developmentprogram must have at least 4-years BSc Forestry degree or BSc Natural Resource management or BSc Environmental Science or BSc Environmental Management or BSc Agriculture or BE (Agriculture Engineering) fromTribhuvan University or any university recognized by Tribhuvan Universitywith a minimum of 50 percent marks in aggregate.

Admission Criteria

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

The Institute of Forestry requires all Nepalese applicants to take the admission examination. Entrance examination questions will be objective in nature. The entrance test will comprise questions from general knowledge, forestry and subject specific matters. 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.

The merit list of applicants will be prepared based on their entrance examination scores. Foreign applicants will be selected based on their Bachelor level grades.

In case staff seats and foreign student seats remain vacant, these seats will be added to full fee paying category.

Curricular Structure

Semester-wise Breakdown of the Course

First Semester

Course Title Course Code Credit Hours
Forest Ecology and Management SFB 710 3
Conservation and Rural Development SFM 711 3
Conflict Management in NRM SFM 712 3
Climate Change: Science, Impact and Adaptation WME 709 3
Agroforestry SFB 705 3

Second Semester

Course Title Course Code Credit Hours
Forest Governance and Community Forestry SFM 751 3
Ecotourism Planning and Management PWM 752 3
Natural Resource Economics SFM 753 3
Economics of development and Finance SFM 758 3
Statistical Analysis and Data Management SFM 755 3

Third Semester

Course Title Course Title Credit Hours
Forest Based Enterprise Development FPE 807 3
Project Management SFM 808 3
Research Methodology and Scientific Writing SFM 803 3
Remote Sensing and GIS Application in NRM* WME 804 3
Watershed Management* WME 805 3
Disaster Risk Management* WME 809 3
Bioenergy* FPE 810 3

Fourth Semester

Course Title   Course Title Credit Hours  
Thesis Proposal Seminar   R&T 851 1  
Thesis   R&T 852 13  
Thesis Defense Seminar   R&T 853 1

Extra Elective

Course Title Course Title Credit Hours
Political Ecology** SFM 715 3
Forest Resource Assessment and Planning** SFM 815 3

*Elective Courses

**Optional Courses