About This Programme

Addressing issues of environmental change and the biological challenges that these bring is becoming increasingly important and, moving further into the 21st century, there will be a growing demand for people qualified to work in these areas. The Natural Resources, MSc (by Research) provides the opportunity for students with backgrounds in the agricultural, environmental and life sciences to gain specialist knowledge and techniques to work in these crucial subject areas.

This research master's programme caters to graduates and professionals seeking advanced understanding and proficiency in natural resources and sustainable development. This degree offers a comprehensive, tailored learning, research focused experience. It allows you to pick modules from our MSc Global Environmental Change and MSc Agriculture for Sustainable Development programmes. You will also undertake an extensive research project related to your interests, supervised by NRI research experts.

Our staff have real-world experience and the programme focus is towards problem solving and application, through a mixture of research-led teaching, laboratory and/or field activities.

Through this programme, you will gain insights into applying sustainable natural resource management principles within your selected field of study and research area. This programme is ideal for individuals interested in independent work and research, perfect for those looking to develop their research skills, and can serve as a pathway towards a PhD.

What Makes Us Unique

  • Practitioner-based learning at a trusted and world-renowned institution: NRI has over 125 years of history in international development research and practice, with ongoing links in more than 30 countries worldwide, thus providing opportunities for practitioner-based learning.
  • The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a research and teaching centre of excellence within the University of Greenwich, delivering a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Our diverse staff base permits the delivery of specialist subject material in a cross-disciplinary environment, which is less common in many other institutions.
  • This cross-disciplinary approach is often reflected in our student research projects, which can usually be tailor-made to address the interests and requirements of the student. Recent student projects have included studies of the potential impacts of climate change on smallholder farmers’ socioeconomics, as well as more subject-specialist investigations (for example, studies related to molecular biology and to environmental analyses).

Programme Team

The programme draws on the skills of agronomists, ecologists, entomologists, environmental and soil scientists, molecular biologists, and economists, to provide specialist training in aspects of these subjects, plus cross-disciplinary approaches in areas such as agricultural marketing, agroforestry, climate change and integrated pest management.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme can pursue opportunities for further research and development in their chosen field, in academia, consultancy or other employment specifically related to their area of specialist study.