M. Sc. in Biodiversity and Environmental Management

In line with its academic excellence, the Department has also started a two year Master’s Program in “Biodiversity and Environmental Management” from 2008 in collaboration with the University of Bergen, Norway and regional collaborating partners - Kunming Institute of Botany (China), Kumaun University (India) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) aiming to develop a regional degree in collaboration with regional partners.

The Department enrolls 14 students (10 from Nepal, 2 from China and 2 from India) for the M. Sc. Program in Biodiversity and Environmental Management. The two years Program consists of four semesters; the first semester covers a basic conceptual course and runs at the Central Department of Botany, while the second semester covers advanced course and runs at University of Bergen, Norway, the last two semesters are allotted for thesis. Students from regional countries can undertake research either in Nepal or in their own countries. The academic degree will be awarded by Tribhuvan University after successfully completing 120 European Credit Transfer System. The basic criteria for enrollment is three years Bachelors degree plus M. Sc. degree or four years Bachelors degree in biological science, including Botany, Zoology, Environmental science, Forestry, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, etc.

Course Outline

Semester 1

at Tribhuvan University, Nepal 30 ECTS = 250 marks

Paper 1. Introduction to the Programme (1 ECTS)
Paper 2. Biodiversity and Biogeography (8 ECTS)
Paper 3. Conservation Biology (7 ECTS)
Paper 4. Mountain Environment and Human Ecology (7 ECTS)
Paper 5. Environment and Natural Resource Management (7 ECTS) 


Semester 2

at University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; Autumn 30 ECTS = 250 marks


BIO 303 Ordination and Gradient analyses (5 ECTS)
BIO 300 Introduction to thesis writing (10 ECTS)
GEO 308 Theory of science and research design (10 ECTS)


BIO 343 Alpine Ecology (5 ECTS)
BIO 341 Biodiversity (5 ECTS)


Semester 3 and 4

Nepal, China, India  60 ECTS = 500 marks

Dissertation (Proposal writing, Proposal presentation and approval; Preparation for field work or laboratory work; Field visit (up to two months); Field report (First); Data analysis & Interpretation; Data Presentation; Thesis writing and defend (final examination).