This Programme introduces the student to analyzing and engaging with current issues and debates about the Ecology, Management and conservation of natural resources. This is achieved first by exploring different approaches to natural resource management and the various policy and management tools available. Contemporary debates around issues such as sustainable agricultural practices, ecosystem degradation and restoration, renewable energy, forests, rangelands and integrated aquatic resources, control of, access to and utilization of resources, property rights, natural resources economics and indigenous land management are discussed, drawing on different analytical frameworks and environmental impact assessment. Specific problems are drawn from different sectors – including agriculture, tourism and protected areas, forestry, mining and fisheries – using both Uganda and international case studies and drawing on some first-hand experiences of students. Policy and management responses, such as integrated catchment management, community-based approaches, ecosystem restoration and economic solutions are then considered. Field placement training is conducted after the first semester of the coursework year and practicum report written. Students are expected to complete a written, publication-quality dissertation based in part in the second year in the program.
The Natural Resource Ecology, Management and Conservation programme provides an integrated education in renewable natural resources management, conservation and utilization, as well as a valuable perspective for understanding and solving critical environmental problems on local, regional and global scales. The programme provides instruction, research, and extension expertise that focuses on the natural resources of crops, fisheries, forests, rangeland, and wildlife within and beyond the boundaries of Uganda. Our overall programme mission is to increase public awareness and understanding, through teaching, research and extension of the ecology, management and sustainable use of these natural resources that are important for maintaining ecosystem health, species diversity, agriculture and forest production, hunting and fishing, and the enjoyment of experiencing nature. The management of all natural resources becomes increasingly important as the demands on natural and managed habitats increase. The resources of the earth are limited. As the human population increases rapidly, the demand for resources increases day by day. The management and conservation of natural resources is important because it maintains a balance in the ecosystem, avoid further destruction of the environment and over-consumption of the natural resources. This information helps improve the environment, manage our natural resources, and protect human health hence the quality of our lives is directly connected to the health of our natural resources. Thus, proper management of these resources can ensure that they last for the generations to come. The program is designed to give our graduates the tools and experiences necessary to understand and apply ecological sciences and principles to benefit humanity and the environment. The professional positions our graduates pursue upon graduation are as varied as the natural resources they wish to protect and enhance.
Careers Employment Opportunities
Career prospects include Biology Science teaching, lecturer in Biological sciences at tertiary level, Research Scientist at various Research institutions/organization like National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Wildlife conservation Managers in Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Natural Resource managers in government and private firms, Environmental health researchers in water quality(National Water and Sewerage Cooperation), soil quality, waste management, environmental urban planning (Municipal and City councils), Environmental and Ecological Consulting and Planning, and Environmental Policy analysts in international, governmental and private entities.2.4
To build a critical mass of natural resources; scientists, ecologists, conservationists and managers.
- To provide graduates with knowledge and skills pertaining to natural resource ecology conservation and management.
- To build in the graduates the spirit of professionalism that will form the basis for integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to advancing natural resources’ ecology conservation and management.
- To prepare students to conduct innovative research in the fields of natural resources ecology, conservation and management.
- Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent with at least 5 passes
- Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent with at least 2 principal passes.
- An Honors degree from an accredited degree awarding institution
- Candidates who have a Pass degree should have at least a Postgraduate Diploma with at least a credit from an accredited degree awarding institution.
Additionally, for international applicants:
- Applicants whose first language or medium of instruction is not English, must provide evidence from a recognized English language training institution that they have sufficient command of English language.
- Applicants should have their documents verified by NCHE.
- Applicants should have their degree certificate and transcript translated and converted into an equivalent of Ugandan Universities’ CGPA
To be eligible for admission to this programme, the candidate must fulfil the general University requirements for admission to a Master’s Programme. In addition, the candidate must fulfil the following programme specific requirements. A candidate must have a Bachelor of Science degree of at least second-class lower division in Botany/Zoology, Forestry, Agriculture, Science education, Veterinary science/medicine, Environmental conservation or any other relevant field
The minimum duration of the MSc. in Natural Resources’ Ecology Conservation and Management programme will be a minimum of two Academic Years consisting of 4 semesters and a maximum of three academic years consisting of 6 semesters.