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study Economics of Natural Resource Management (Master in Ecology & Environmental Management) in English language in Russia

Study Ecology & Environmental Management in Russia under the Learning in Russia™ program for international students! We welcome you to study in Russia. Studying in English language will help you think, analyze, ascertain and reach at a conclusion the topics and issues that interest you in a language comfortable to you and native to many of our international students. It will also give you the added benefit of understanding the Russia perspective, “Russian way of doing things”, without learning the Russian language.

Degree: Master in Ecology & Environmental Management

Duration: 2 years
Language: English
Requirements: at least IELTS – 6, 0 TOEFL iBT – 79


Ecology explores the interactions between plants, animals with their habitats. This Master program has a particular focus on understanding ecosystems and ecological processes. Students learn how to apply scientific principles to understand natural systems. This understanding is applied to current questions regarding the past, current and future impacts of human activities on organisms, ecosystems and the environment. Graduates will be well prepared to make appropriate and informed decisions about the management and/or conservation of our environment, its ecosystems and the plants and animals that they support.

Learning to Think Like a Mountain

In his famous collection of essays, The Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold, the father of modern American conservation and a member of the class of 1909, recounts the story of the extermination of New Mexico’s wolves – which in his younger years, he had himself participated in. In the decades that followed the slaughter, deer populations burgeoned without natural predators and devastated the vegetation of the mountain slopes.

Human managers had failed to consider the inter-dependencies of a complete ecological system in pursuit of control, profit, and safety. Time and time again, humans and natural systems have suffered from the unintended consequences of short-sighted actions. Leopold proposed that we instead “learn to think like a mountain.” The mountain, he notes, lives in fear of its deer as much as the deer live in fear of the wolves. The mountain appreciates the interconnections of the environment and knows that bounty requires limits.


The course aims to generate:

  • Graduates with a thorough grounding in analytical & practical research methods in the context of advanced training in the area of ecology and environmental management
  • Graduates that can embark on careers in research, or alternatively to move into careers that require assessment of the research of others, or agencies that commission new research
  • Ecologists with a proper regard for the socio-economic context of their work
  • Environmental managers with a full understanding of the natural processes operating within the area they manage

Program Structure

The master’s program consists of a two-year study (4 semesters) of which the last semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis.

  • The first semester focuses on basic knowledge of natural sciences (e.g.: biotic and abiotic structures and dynamics of ecosystems, including anthropogenic modifications and disturbances) and modelling methods.
  • The second semester is dedicated to practical fieldwork carried out during excursions, as well as further interactive cooperation activities with professionals in the field. The main focus is on the development of integrative, regional management concepts and on the building of knowledge regarding system analysis, including socio-eocnomic components.
  • The third semester combines basic knowledge and method knowledge to develop sustainable management concepts.
  • The fourth semester consists of the individual work on the master’s thesis.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • understand the role of ecosystems and biodiversity in providing resources for human consumption
  • apply their understanding of the earth’s biological and physical resources to issues of sustainable and integrated natural resources management
  • use ecological principles to address current issues in diverse environments including protected areas, production forests, agricultural landscapes, water catchments and marine environments
  • apply regulations, policies and philosophies relating to a wide range of environmental management issues
  • gather and analyse data from the field or laboratory, using modelling, statistical and mapping tools and make appropriate recommendations for environmental management
  • communicate effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of formats and contribute to discussion and present information in written and oral forms
  • work effectively and harmoniously alongside others and work collaboratively in small teams
  • apply for employment, both nationally and internationally, in a range of areas requiring knowledge and skills of environmental management.

For applying to study Master in Ecology & Environmental Management in English language with one of our partner Russian State University located in Moscow go HERE and learn the step-by-step admission process at the end of the page. Then you may fill in all fields in our INFORMATION REQUEST Form and forward it to one of our e-mails: admissions@cferussia.ru or learninginrussia@gmail.com

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