PhD in Natural Resources Management

Program Overview

Management of Natural Resources is a field encompassing the policies and strategies society uses to safely manage the environment in a sustainable way.  The Doctor of Philosophy programme in Natural Resource Management at the School of Sciences is research based and supports the pursuit of either highly focused courses of study or ones that broadly address complex and interdisciplinary issues. Under this broad programme, students will be able to develop project proposals to focus on study areas like the following natural resources, namely, wildlife, forestry, Fisheries, plants, land use, environment, wetlands, water quality, etc.

The programme will be taught by a cross-section of social and natural scientists. The candidates will learn to apply biological, social and physical sciences to the conservation, preservation and management of natural resources. The programme will address how human beings have affected the natural resources and the environment and how social policies can be adjusted to preserve those resources.

Completing a doctoral degree programme can lead to careers in academia, research, project planning and management, and policy-making.

Course Duration: 3 Years

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here are some career path options for someone with a PhD in Natural Resources Management:

  1. Natural Resource Manager: With a PhD in Natural Resources Management, graduates can pursue a career as a natural resource manager. Natural resource managers are responsible for overseeing the development, conservation, and management of natural resources, such as forests, wildlife, water, and minerals. They work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies.
  2. Environmental Scientist: Environmental scientists conduct research and analyze data to help solve environmental problems. With their knowledge of natural resources management, graduates can become environmental scientists and work to develop and implement policies and programs that protect the environment.
  3. Conservation Scientist: Conservation scientists work to protect and manage natural resources and ecosystems. With their expertise in natural resources management, graduates can become conservation scientists and work to develop and implement conservation plans for forests, wetlands, and other natural areas.
  4. Environmental Consultant: Environmental consultants provide advice and guidance to organizations on environmental issues, such as compliance with environmental regulations and sustainability practices. With their knowledge of natural resources management, graduates can become environmental consultants in consulting firms or start their own consulting business.
  5. Wildlife Biologist: Wildlife biologists study animals and their habitats to help protect and manage wildlife populations. With their knowledge of natural resources management, graduates can become wildlife biologists and work to develop and implement wildlife management plans for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies.
  6. Professor: With their expertise in natural resources management, graduates can become professors in academic institutions and teach courses in natural resources management, conservation, and environmental science.
  7. Program Director: Program directors oversee the development and implementation of natural resources management programs in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies. With their knowledge of natural resources management and program management, graduates can become program directors and work to develop and implement natural resources management programs that align with organizational goals.

These are just a few examples of the many career paths available to someone with a PhD in Natural Resources Management. It’s essential to note that these careers are not mutually exclusive, and there may be opportunities to move between them throughout a person’s career

 

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