Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry Pokhara Campus runs M.Sc. Watershed Management program 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.


An applicant must have at least a 3 years B.Sc. Forestry degree or B.Sc.Agriculture or B.Sc. Environmental Science or B.Sc. Environmental Management or BE (Civil Engineering)or B.E. (Agriculture Engineering)or B.E. (Environmental Engineering)or B.Sc.Degree majoring in Soil or Geology or Hydrology or Metrology, from T.U. or any university recognized by TU.

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 for Rs. 200.00 (Two Hundred Rupees only) by the Nepalese citizens.

Nepalese applicants have to pay an entrance examination fee of Rs. 1500.00 with application. Foreign nationals have to pay US $ 25.00 at the time of submission of application. The completed application along with the documents and credentials should reach the Admission Committee in advance.

A total of 15+ 1 seats are available in M.Sc. Watershed Management program.These seats are allocated as follows:

  1. Low tuition fee: 12 seats
  2. High Tuition fee: 3 seats
  3. One seat for IOF staff

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

M.Sc. Watershed Management 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.

Curriculum of M.Sc. in Watershed Management

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. WME 709 Watershed Management 3
6. WME 710 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology 2
Semester Credit Hours 13
Second Semester
7. SFB 751 Agroforestry 2
8. SFM 752 Statistical Method and Data Management 3
9. SFM 757 Rural Development 2
10. SFM 758 Conservation and Rural Development 2
11. WME 759 Soil Conservation Engineering and Watershed Rehabilitation 2
12. WME 760 Land Evaluation and Land Use Planning 2
Semester Credit Hours 13
Third Semester
13. SFM 801 Research Methodology and Participatory Action Research 2
14. WME 802 Geographical Information Science 4
15. WME 804 Watershed Hydrological Issues 2
16. SFM 805 Project Management* 2
17. FPE 807 Bio-energy* 2
18. FPE 808 Programming C++* 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.


  1. Any one of the above programs may be suspended if less than 5 students are enrolled.
  2. One Credit Unit earned in 20 lecture hours or its equivalent work, carries 25 full marks.
  3. One Lecture Hour is of one-hour duration.

Seminar consists of oral presentation.

Seminar- 1: Each student presents the rationale, objectives and methodology and

demonstrates the capability of conducting research on the selected topic.

Seminar- 2: Each student defends his/her research and thesis.

  1. Each student will choose his/her research topic, prepare a research proposal on it and submit it at the Seminar (851) in the third semester. He/she must submit the final proposal no later than the first day of the fourth semester and carry out the research work during this semester according to their accepted research proposal. Research and Thesis work (852) will be graded in the fourth semester. He/she must defend his/her thesis in a final Seminar (S53) as a part of the evaluation.
  2. Finding the financial and material resources for the research work will be the responsibility of the students themselves.

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