MSc. In Natural Resources Management

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Name of the Programme: MSc. Natural Resource Management

Duration: 2 years (Full time)

Credit Points: 240 credit points

The main purpose of the MSc in Natural Resources Management programme is to contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation by increasing the critical mass of qualified citizens and building knowledge-based society. The programme is intended to enhance the knowledge and skills of the mid-level professionals with specialized knowledge and competencies in a range of subject areas pertaining to rural development in general and agriculture, animal production and forestry in particular. These professionals are expected to play a critical leadership role in the management of agriculture, livestock development, and forestry in the country. The programme is targeted towards mid-career agriculturist, foresters, and livestock development workers.

The programme will provide opportunities for student to develop research capacity through the process of conducting research independently and develop research skills and critical thinking. Student can focus on a wide range of research topics under agriculture, domains like agronomy, horticulture, organic farming, crop pest and disease management, farm economics, soil fertility management, good agriculture practices, agroecology, food security, climate change impacts on agriculture, commodity chain analysis, gender and farming, agriculture co-operatives, rural urban migration, agriculture extension, rural development, genetics and plant breeding, seed science and technology, postharvest technology, food science and technology, sustainable agriculture and land use types, etc. Under animal science and animal health, areas and research topics such as animal nutrition, dairy, piggery, poultry, feed and fodder, meat science, farm fisheries, animal biology, and fertility will be focused. Student can do research in a range of forestry related topics but not limited to, such as forest management, conservation science, wildlife, climate change studies, social forestry, ecology, freshwater ecology, dendrology, geographical information systems and environmental management.


Specifically, the programme will enhance the knowledge and competencies of the student to:

  • Reflect critically on the relationship between theory and practice in the discipline          of agriculture, forestry, and animal science
  • Contextualize and apply analytical frameworks and methodologies to better                   understand contesting claims over natural resources
  • Conceptualize, design, and conduct independent scientific research to develop a           deeper understanding of the key methodologies 
  • Gather, organise, report data, interpret and communicate the results effectively to        the stakeholders
  • Apply sound methodologies and work ethics to problems solving in sustainable             natural resources management effectively
  • Disseminate research outputs to local, regional, national and international forums        including departmental seminars and publication in appropriate platforms                    including proceedings or conferences, whenever applicable
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of previous and current literature in their             field of expertise contributing to successful practice in their professions
  • Formulate, plan, implement, and evaluate agriculture, forestry, and livestock                 development programmes and projects 
  • Analyse and understand the economic, social, political, cultural, and legal                       environment in the context of the research work
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development needs of the                country

The Master of Science in NRM is a research based programme. The programme consists of 240 credits spread over 4 semesters.

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Admission to all programmes will be in the third week of July of each year.

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It prepares student for a career as researchers, development specialists, project and programme managers, planners, and field workers. Graduates will be able to find employment in various government agencies, non-governmental agencies, international organisations, and the private sectors both within and outside Bhutan.

Admission will be open to candidates who have completed BSc programme awarded by a recognised University in agriculture, animal science, forestry, environment and life sciences. Students should have secured a minimum of 50% in aggregate.

In exceptional cases, as outlined in the Research Degree Framework (RDF), 2015 (clause, candidates who have Bachelor’s degree in other field of study whose qualifications in the opinion of the Research Degree Committee (RDC) are equivalent to those prescribed above requirements and who has demonstrated appropriate research ability and experience will also be eligible.

In any of the cases, candidates should write a preliminary research proposal (RDF clause and will be selected through selection process which shall encompass written exam and viva voce. The candidates will be allowed for viva voce after securing minimum of 50 % in the written exam.

Head of Deartment: Dr Bhagat Suberi

Phone No. +975-(17554382)

Email: bsuberi.cnr[at]

Programme Leader: Dr. Yeshey Khandu

Phone No. +975-(17805492)

Email: ykhandu.cnr[at]