Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources

  • Programme Code: MEN
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Study time: Fulltime/Weekend
  • Intake: August


In terms of policy context, this program is structured to meet the basic requirements that fit into Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), African Union Vision 2063, Uganda Vison 2040, Uganda national development plan.  According to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. It states, “We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment and determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the need of the present and future generations” Goal 15 is to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. [cm_show_info] The Msc. ENR programme is to produce mid-career level scientists to meet the immediate demand for environment and resource management specialists. This will be fulfilled through working closely with rural farmers, research and educational programmes that link advances in fundamental and applied biological sciences to indigenous and contemporary development issues. The goal of this programme is to establish a new training programme of management in the environment and natural resources, that will use an integrated, multidisciplinary and participatory tools and methodologies to produce quality mid-career level training to scientists to enable them lead efforts to increase the productivity of rural resources, biodiversity, reduce poverty and hunger and combat climate change. This will be achieved through a joint effort and interaction of technical expertise in rural resource management and planning, rural farming communities and national and district planning authorities. Collaborative arrangements with various universities, UN agencies, and research institutions will be made in order to increase the exchange of ideas and adaptive techniques and methodologies. The programme objectives are to produce graduates that will be able to:
  • Apply theoretical knowledge in natural resources and the environment to promote sustainable production.
  • Utilize their skills to analyse relationships between agricultural production, natural resource depletion, climate change, pollution and land degradation and develop innovative methods and mitigate their effects.
  • Promote professional development through multidisciplinary approaches to solve challenges in environment and natural resources.
The programme duration is 24 months consisting of four semesters and two field attachment terms. Each semester is 17 weeks of which 15 weeks are for imparting knowledge and skills and 2 weeks for University examinations. The first year consists of two semesters that will cater for class work and fieldwork. During the first two semesters a student will undertake at least three core courses. Two other courses will be taken that include one course relevant to the stream of specialization and another elective course relevant to his field of study making a total of at least five courses. The second-year study will cater for the remaining part of coursework and research. This programme is taught through a blended mode of learning (its taught through both online and face to face classes). [/cm_show_info]

Entry Requirements

The MENR program is a multi-disciplinary program that will admit students with a background in biological science, Agriculture, physical sciences, environment, and natural sciences. For entry into the master‘s programme, applicants should possess:

  • At least a second class degree in Geography, Biology, Agriculture, Land use, Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, Environmental Health, Forestry, Engineering, and Architecture.
  • Any other discipline deemed relevant by Kabale University in accordance with NCHE regulations.

Fees Structure

  • Tuition Fees per Semester (East African): UGX 1,500,000
  • Tuition Fees per Semester (Non East Africans): $730

Application and selection

Course details

Common Core Courses
ME6101 Earth Systems Science 45 30 60 4
ME6102 Applied Meteorology and Climatology 45 30 60 4
ME6103 Applied  Statistics 45 30 60 4
ME6104 Computer Application For Research 45 30 60 4
Core for Stream A (Environmental  Management)
ME6105 Land Degradation Assessment and Restoration 45 30 60 4
Core for Stream B (Natural Resources Development)
ME6106 Economics of Natural Resource Management 45 30 60 4
Core for Stream C (Wildlife Conservation)
ME6107 Management of Protected Areas and Biodiversity 45 30 60 4
Elective Courses
ME6108 Integrated Pest Management 30 30 45 3
ME6109 Natural Resource Extension and Communication 30 30 45 3
ME6110 Climate Change and Environment 30 30 45 3
Sub-total Credit Units 23
Common Core Courses
ME6201 East African Environment and Natural Resources 45 30 60 4
ME6202 Research Methods 45 30 60 4
ME6203 Environmental Law and Policy 45 30 60 4
ME6204 Scholarly Writing and Publication Skills 45 30 60 4
Core for  Stream A (Environmental  Management)
ME6205 Environmental Health Management 45 30 60 4
Core  for Stream B (Natural Resources Development)
ME6206 Integrated Water Resources Management 45 30 60 4
Core for Stream C (Wildlife Conservation)
ME6207 Rangeland and Forest Ecology 45 30 60 4
ME6208 Agroforestry and Land Management 30 30 45 3
ME6209 Rural Development 30 30 45 3
ME6210 Natural Resources Governance 30 30 45 3
Sub-total Credit Units 23
Common Core Course
ME 6301 Remote Sensing and GIS 45 30 60 4
ME 6302 Environmental Impact Assessment and Evaluation 45 30 60 4
ME 6303 Sustainable Waste Disposal  Management 45 30 60 4
Core for  Stream A (Environmental  Management)
ME6304 Disaster Preparedness and Management 45 30 60 4
Core  for Stream B (Natural Resources Development)
ME 6305 Population, Development and Environment 45 30 60 4
Core for Stream (Wildlife Conservation)
ME6306 Wildlife Management and Conservation 45 30 60 4
Sub-total Credit Units 16
ME 6401 Dissertation 5
Total Credit Units 67

L = Lecture hours, CH =   Contact Hours, FH = Field Hours, CU = Credit Units.

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