General Information

18 Month
Credit Hours

Tribhuvan University institute of Forestry offers M.Sc. Natural Resource management and Rural Development (NRMRD).

Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry Pokhara Campus runs Master Degree Programs in different areas with an objective to produce well-trained and practically equipped human resources that can be instrumental in protection, conservation, and management of forests and other natural resources of the country and the world. Specifically these programs are run:

  1. To produce high level technical professionals who can provide services according to the needs of various clients (government, semi-government,and private companies/industries).
  2. To produce self-reliant and practically oriented resource managers who can initiate their own enterprises in the area of forestry and forest based industries and also provide consultancy services to other interested individuals and organizations.
  3. To utilize under-used resources of the IOF and explore other potential resources and make IOF as a center of excellence in the area of teaching, research and extension in forestry.
  4. To develop professional relationships with various organizations(Government, bilateral and multilateral forestry projects in Nepal), donor agencies, and other in-country and out-country academic and research institutions.

M.Sc. Natural Resource management and Rural Development (NRMRD)is a two year long, four-semester programs. Students will have to take courses in the first three semester sand carry out research and write athesis in the fourth semester. However, they are required to start planning their thesis work right from the second semester in consultation with the Advisory Committee.

An applicant must have at least a 3 years B.Sc. Forestry degree or B.Sc. Natural

Resource management or B.Sc. Environmental Science or B.Sc. Environmental Management or B.Sc. Agriculture or B.E. (Agriculture Engineering) from T.U. or any university recognized by TU.

To be eligible in all these programs,foreign applicants should have studied their undergraduate courses in English medium. Staff seats are reserved only for IOF staff members who have in one of the above mentioned subjects. Senior faculty members will get priority. However,all applicants who apply for admission in these programs must pass the entrance examination administered by the IOF.

Semester I

->Non-timber Forest Products

->Community Forestry and Governance

->Natural Resource Economics

->Global Environmental Change

->Economics of Development and Finance

->Society, Culture and Forestry

Semester II


->Statistical Method and Data Management

->Ecotourism Planning and Management

->Sustainable Forest Management

->Rural Development

->Conservation and Rural Development

Semester III

->Research Methodology and Participatory Action Research

->Geographical Information Science

->Project Management


->Programming C++*

->Conflict Management in NRM*

->Experiential Learning*

->Seminar I (Proposal Presentation)

Semester IV


->Seminar II (Thesis Defense)

*Elective Courses (any two courses are required for registration from the group of elective courses)

An elective course will be offered only when at least seven students registered for the course.



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