Nature Management

Are you interested in nature? Do you want to help manage nature? You will need knowledge of animals and plants, the landscape, ecology, climate, hunting and fishing. If you want to learn more about nature and enjoy a mix of theory and practical work, this is the programme for you!

Nature Management, Bachelor's Programme

ECTS Credits 180
Study level Bachelor
Start semester Autumn 2018
Teaching language Norwegian
Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Campus Steinkjer
Application deadline 4/15/2018

Job opportunities

The study provides a solid foundation for jobs in nature management in both private and public sector.

Further education

You may continue studies towards a master degree at Nord University or at other universities in Norway and abroad.

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Study plan

Programme description

The curriculum in Nature Management consists of biological and wildlife management topics. You will learn about biological diversity, management of game and fish, landscape planning and management of the nature of Norway. The main content of the study is practical and the focus is on exercises and field excursions. Topics included are geology, vegetation, ecology, zoology, botany, nature registration, nature management, landscape planning and GIS (geographical information systems).
The courses in the latter part of the study emphasizes on linking the teaching to real management situations in today`s society.
In the course Nature Management (NAT330) there is a excursion abroad.
For the bachelor thesis during the 3rd year of study you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself professionally in a chosen topic, often in cooperation with external collaborators or as a participant in one of our research projects.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, the candidate:

General competence:

  • Can plan and conduct various work assignments and projects, alone or as member of a team, in accordance with ethical requirements and guidelines
  • Canc ommunicate key professional knowledge in writing as well as orally to both the public as well as other professionals in nature and outback management
  • Can exchange experiences and views with other professionals in the field
  • Has knowledge of the professional ethical issues of the field and can reflect on his or her professional conduct and adjust this when needed
  • Has knowledge of new thinking and innovation processes


  • Has broad knowledge of nature and nature management in Norway
  • Has extensive knowledge of flora, fauna and other relevant aspects of biological diversity
  • Has knowledge of research and development work in nature and outback management
  • Has knowledge about Norwegian management systems, the history of the field, its tradition and its role in society
  • Has knowledge of relevant laws and regulations


  • Has basic skills in registering, mapping and monitoring nature, including using GIS and other tools
  • Can collect, assemble, analyse and discuss the application of his or her own data and results as part of writing a professional report informing a defined research questions
  • Can apply relevant public laws and regulations in managerial work, for instance in planning, case work and impact assessments
  • Can apply his or her professional knowledge a.o. related to relevant research on practical and theoretical issues in nature and outback management.

Job opportunities

The study provides a solid foundation for jobs in nature management in both private and public sector.

Further education

You may continue studies towards a master degree at Nord University or at other universities in Norway and abroad.

Study abroad

Nord university has student exchange agreements with the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources.


No tuition fees. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply.

Students are expected to possess their own laptop computer, and must cover their own equipment such as webcam and headphones if and when needed for digital communication during the programme. Students should further expect costs to incur in relation to transportation, accommodation and catering related to non-mandatory excursions and field courses.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

If the applicant does not fulfill the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification but has experience-based competence relevant to the field of study, he or she may apply for recognition of this competence in order to fulfill the admission

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Coursework and exams are assessed and graded based on the Norwegian system using letters A to F, in which A is the best/highest grade and F equals fail or not passed. Work may also be assessed based on a passed/not passed or approved/not approved basis.¿>We further refer to the legislation, regulations and guidelines applicable.

Assessment methods

Either a home exam, an oral examination or a written examination, or a combination, with regular Norwegian grading system (A-F).

Programme evaluation

The programme is evaluated via student questionnaire, as well as by the programme director. The evaluations form a part of the University's quality assurance system.