International Environment and Development Studies

International Environment and Development Studies

Bachelor Programmes 3 years

NMBU offers a unique combination of social science and natural science approaches to the study of international environment and development issues, including an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification + ENG4

Application deadline:

April 15th
International applicants:
December 1st

Study start
Autumn 2022
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sit@nmbu.no
Tel: +47 67 23 01 11


A great deal of attention is given to social justice, environmental sustainability, ecological and social resilience, political ecology, natural resource management, resource conflicts, development policies and politics, the effects of planned development interventions, and gender and development issues.

The program consists of compulsory and elective courses. These can be chosen among a variety of courses at NMBU or other universities in Norway or abroad. We recommend that you spend one semester abroad on exchange, and we encourage you to participate in our one-month field course (currently in Tanzania and India).

If you find this program interesting, please read more about the admission- requirements and process here on this website.

Job opportunities

The program provides a sound basis for further studies within:

  • Development studies
  • Environmental studies
  • International relations
  • Resources management or ecology. 

Graduates are qualified for several of NMBU's Master degrees or may find employment in a wide range of national and international institutions, including government agencies and non-governmental development organizations.

Learning outcomes

You will examine societal and environmental change in a historical, comparative and global perspective.

The program considers the specificity of different societies in terms of history, ecology, culture and technology. It introduces the students to critical reflection on how these differences translate into local responses to regional or global processes.

International Environment and Development Studies is a dynamic and evolving field of study.

Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification to Norwegian Universities for international applicants. Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations.

You can find general information on admission to NMBU here.

"The program was organized to ensure that you receive valuable insights into theoretical understandings of development, by the hand of excellent professors".

Jonathan Telfer, Programme Advisor ADRA

Study structure

Programme structure

Showing programme structure for students starting 2022

Study year: 1

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Emne ECTS
Introduction to Environment and Development 5 Compulsory Course
Introduction to Development Thinking 15 Compulsory Course
Introduction to Research Methods 10 Compulsory Course

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Emne ECTS
General Ecology 10 Compulsory Course
Examen Philosophicum - English Option 10 Compulsory Course
Economics for Environment and Development 10 Compulsory Course
Study year: 2

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Emne ECTS
Global Environmental Changes 5 Compulsory Course
Linking Ecological and Social Resilience 10 Compulsory Course
Global Food Systems and Food Security 10 Compulsory Course

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Elective courses
Emne ECTS
Environment, Development and Climate Change in Tanzania 10
Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Emne ECTS
Introduction to Political Ecology 10 Compulsory Course
Introduction to Gender and Development 10 Compulsory Course
Study year: 3

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: Elective courses
Emne ECTS
Internship 10

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Elective courses
Emne ECTS
Bachelor's Thesis 15
Development Challenges in Rural India 10
Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Emne ECTS
Human Rights and Development 10 Compulsory Course