During the autumn of 2005, the first students were enrolled for a new Masters Programme in Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland. This is a cross-disciplinary degree programme, providing academic insight into the various aspects of environmental issues and the utilisation of natural resources.
The degree course was originally organised by six of the University's disciplines: Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Engineering, and Economics & Business Administration. A special board, acting on behalf of these disciplines, supervises the programme and is responsible for its academic organisation and content. Today, all of the University of Iceland Schools join together to organize the ENR programme. Representatives from these fields/Schools comprise a Programme board that supervises and is responsible for the academic quality of the Programme, as well as student admissions.
This Masters programme consists of 120 ECTS and is typically completed in two years (four semesters).
This Masters programme is designed to meet the needs of the society for increased levels of environmental research which is necessary for the successful tackling of environmental problems and the planning of sustainable resource use. The overall goal is to assemble and disseminate cross-disciplinary knowledge in the fields of environmental science and natural resource management. Such knowledge will
- lead to better analysis and understanding of the causes and consequences of the major environmental problems of our time, which is a prerequisite for identifying appropriate solutions
- contribute to a sustainable use of natural resources, taking nature, economy and social issues into account.