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MSc (Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management) Degree Programme

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MSc (Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management) Degree Programme

Rationale

Climate change is a pressing environmental concern in local and global development agenda, with implications on the demand for energy, water resources, agriculture and food security, human health and ecosystem services. Developing countries, which are expected to be adversely affected, have a great challenge in addressing their development needs and reducing climate change impacts. Multi-scale, multi-disciplinary and holistic approaches are needed to formulate policies and develop best practices to successfully address the challenges associated with climate change.

There is therefore a critical need for specialist qualification in the management of natural resources for accelerated sustainable development in a manner that builds resilience of ecosystems to climate change impacts.

Goal

The MSc Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management programme is designed to impart present and future professionals in the field of natural resources management with practical and theoretical knowledge on the role that integrated resources management play in addressing climate change and sustainable development. The programme covers issues of climate change and sustainable development, adaptation and mitigation choices and pathways in resource-poor and vulnerable settings, carbon trade, multi-sectoral planning and natural resources economics. It also addresses the institutional and governance challenges confronting resource management in developing economies and democracies in their quest to achieve sustainable development in a manner that is equitable, transparent, participatory, effective and efficient. Furthermore, subjects on corporate and social politics and the role of conflict management and diplomacy surrounding natural resources governance are considered.

The programme will be taught in English by a team of internationally-renowned natural scientists, climate scientists, policy analysts and social scientists. The programme materials will draw upon existing and ongoing research and applied works of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), local and international research organisations, and relevant renowned textbooks and journals.

Specific Objectives

The MSc (Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management) degree programme is specifically designed to:

  • Cater for the needs of experienced managers, planners, policy makers and students who wish to develop competencies in integrated natural resources management and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies that are consistent with current and emerging needs in the climate change arena
  • Offer both experienced and less experienced students the opportunity to obtain high level, practical-oriented training in multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches to planning, use and management of natural resources for national development in the context of rapidly changing climatic conditions,
  •  Engender employability and entrepreneurship through practical-oriented teaching and learning methods that equip learners to think and act creatively in the context of industry and research.

Students’ Admission

Admission

To be admitted to the M.Sc degree programme applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, Social Science, Natural and Physical Sciences or related fields from a recognized higher education institution. Additional requirements are:

  • At least, a second class, or
  • A GPA not less than 2.0 out of 4 or equivalent.

Components of the programme

The 2-year MSc (Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management) degree programme will entail the following elective (E) and core (C) taught courses, which will be backstopped by supervised practical industrial training that includes practical elements of the theoretical aspects taught:

Course Structure (Elective and Core Courses)

Code Course Name Semester Credits Elective (E) or Core (C)
CCRM 501 Climate Science 1 2 E
CCRM 503 Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation 1 2 E
CCRM 505 Climate Change Modelling 1 2 E
CCRM 507 Natural Resource Governance 1 2 E
CCRM 509 Emerging and Traditional Bio-energy Systems 1 2 E
CCRM 511 Statistics 1 2 C
CCRM 513 Innovative Processing & Sustainable Utilisation of Bio-materials 1 2 E
CCRM 603 Seminar 1 1 1 C
CCRM 502 Natural Resource Economics and Marketing of Bio-products 2 3 E
CCRM 504 Ecosystem Management 2 2 E
CCRM 506 Research Methods 2 3 C
CCRM 508 Scientific Communication and Oral Presentation Techniques 2 2 C
CCRM 512 Climate Change and Landscape Restoration, Planning and Management 2 3 E
CCRM 604 Seminar 2 2 2 C
CCRM 606 Practical Industrial training and Project work (Thesis) 2 25 C

 

Mode of Delivery

The programme applies modern learning and teaching techniques using the Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) platform to deliver its courses. This technique entails a ‘blended learning’ system that combines practical work, face-to-face classroom instruction with minimal classroom contact hours (reduced seat time), and easily-accessible and flexible online learning via the MOODLE platform.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this 2-year programme, graduates will:

  1. Gain skills for integration of knowledge in multiple resources planning, use and management;
  2. Acquire knowledge on innovative techniques for the management of natural resources to address challenges related to climate change impacts;
  3. Acquire knowledge on innovative ideas that inspire national development and are relevant for the transformation of economies of developing countries in the face of climate change;
  4. Be capable of demonstrating in-depth understanding of how to balance economic production of forest products and environmental sustainability;
  5. Apply problem-solving skills and competencies in climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  6. Demonstrate good oral and written communications skills, ability to work effectively independently and in a team, with adequate knowledge of work and human values;
  7. Be prepared for continuing professional development towards lifelong learning, research and generation of new ideas and findings.