The Master of Tropical Natural Resources Management programme provides students with in-depth knowledge of three areas (subject majors):
(1) plant production,
(2) the economics and policy aspects of natural resource use in the tropics and
(3) sustainable soil management.
Students will acquire knowledge of biological production systems in the (sub)tropics and gain insight into the different environmental factors that interact with and may affect these agro-ecosystems.
The first area teaches students how to analyse, design, and manage plant production systems in the (sub)tropics, covers the related aspects of integrated soil fertility and integrated pest management, and addresses marketing.
The second area examines how and why actors in biological production systems make decisions concerning the management of such systems and concerning the use of natural resources. Students learn to optimise these decisions at both the micro (management) and the macro (policy) level. This will enable them to translate knowledge into projects, interventions and policies for the sustainable management of natural resources while improving food security and reducing poverty.
The third area, finally, focuses on the diversity of soils in the tropics and their potentials. Students also learn how to study, describe, and predict soil processes quantitatively and to use this information when making decisions on sustainable soil and water management, including soil and water conservation.
This Master's programme is highly multidisciplinary and internationally oriented, with participants from many different countries and continents. Moreover, students are given the opportunity to spend a few months in the tropics to carry out fieldwork for their Master's thesis.
This is an initial Master's programme. You can follow this programme on a full-time or part-time basis.