MSc Environment and Resource Management


Master        English        1 year        Full time

What’s the master programme about?

The Environment and Resource Management (ERM) Master’s trains you to become part of the next generation of environmental leaders who work on the sustainability challenges of our time; become familiar with several key Environmental Sciences and Resource Management disciplines and learn to integrate different bodies of knowledge in a solution-oriented way; the programme is taught in English and is open to students from all academic disciplines and nationalities.

In the videos, teachers explain important themes that will be covered in the programme.



During the programme, you can determine your own focus by choosing a specialisation. Select from Global Food Challenges, Energy and Climate, Global Water Challenges, or Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity. If you want to broaden your knowledge in all these disciplines, you can opt for the Global Sustainable Futures specialisation.

You can find all course descriptions, the year schedule and the teaching and examination regulation in the Study guide.

Future prospects

Careers as consultants, NGO leaders, entrepreneurs, ministry officials or international civil servants. Some students continue in academia by starting a PhD.

If you like to pursue a PhD later, ERM is not an ideal option for you. In this case we would advise you to check another Master programme at IVM called: Global Environmental Change and Policy

Contact information:

Course Director: Prof. Pieter van Beukering
Course Coordinator: Fujin Zhou
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Unsure whether to decide on the Environment and Resource Management Master, or rather go with Global Environmental Change and Policy?

What is the difference between the Master programmes in Environment and Resource Management and Global Environmental Change and Policy? While these two programmes may initially appear to cover similar themes, the two programmes take different approaches. We want to outline the main differences for you:

The Environment and Research Management Master is a one-year programme with a more management focus and is open to students from all different disciplinary backgrounds. The study is about finding solutions for societal problems related to natural resource depletion and environmental change. Because of its wide range of different students, the ERM curriculum is designed to first provide the fundamental knowledge and skills on climate change and sustainability, assuming that students have no prior knowledge. The study then focuses on fundamental environmental problems of our time, notably the provision of sustainable energy and the sustainable governance of water, climate, food systems and ecosystems. By choosing one of four specialisations, from Global Food Challenges, Energy and Climate, Global Water Challenges, or Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity, the master’s programme enables students to focus on exactly those topics that are of interest to the respective student and thus enables a unique deepening of knowledge in the field.

After completing the programme students are able to find future job prospective in the fields of becoming consultants, work as NGO leaders, entrepreneurs, work in ministry officials or international civil servants.

The Global Environmental Change and Policy Master programme is designed as a two-year programme with a focus in research. The study outline is about to create sustainable solutions to challenges caused by human impacts on the Earth’s geological and environmental systems through sound interdisciplinary research. The aim is to contribute to sustainable solutions by analysing science in conjunction with the broader social, political and economic aspects of global environmental change. There is a greater emphasis on developing research skills through courses teaching research methods and how to design interdisciplinary research. Courses include climate and earth sciences, environmental economics and governance and policy making. By choosing different elective courses in the second year, students are able to deepen their knowledge in either energy, ecosystems and biodiversity, or water.

Future job prospective for graduates of this programme are becoming a PhD researcher, working at a research institutes, international organizations, NGOs, national government or in think tanks.