Environment and Natural Resources

Interdisciplinary graduate programme

Environment and Natural Resources

Admissions criteria

General requirements

In order to be eligible for the Environment and Natural Resources Master’s Programme, a student must have completed a B.A./B.S. degree at the University of Iceland, or a comparable degree from another University - first class. First class refers to grade point average of at least 7.25 on a scale from 1-10. This is regardless of the subject of previous degrees. 

The ENR Programme Board can require a student to submit information as to the nature and substance of his/her studies if the fulfilment of this requirement is in question.

Fulfilling the admission criteria does not guarantee admission. Only a limited number of students can be admitted to the programme each year, and the number of well-qualified applicants may exceed the number of places available. It may, therefore, be necessary to reject well-qualified applicants. 

It should be noted that student permits for entry and/or residence in Iceland, as well as financing, are the responsibility of applicants. For more general information concerning conditions for entry and residence in Iceland, the Directorate of Immigration should be contacted. Please note that the Directorate of Immigration can take up to three months to process residence applications. An application can be sent to the Directorate of Immigration only after the Programme Board has accepted an application.

Competence in English
The language of instruction is English and an adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. All international applicants whose native language is not English, are required to provide results of the TOEFL or IELTS tests as evidence of English proficiency. Official scores from the tests must be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions for Requesting Official Scores).

Applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if certain criteria is met, see more information about English proficiency and exemptions


Other requirements
Applicants are required to submit names and addresses of 2-3 persons to whom they have sent the reference form accompanying the application form. Such persons must have knowledge of the applicant’s academic abilities, preferably they should be a former university teacher or a legal professional superior. At least two out of three referees should be qualified through personal experience to judge an applicant's academic performance and potential for advanced study. The applicant should complete the upper part (A) of the reference form but the completed reference should be sent directly by the referee to the address provided on the form.

Furthermore, applicants are asked to submit a Letter of Motivation, 1-2 pages, where they should state the reasons they want to pursue graduate work in the field of environmental science and natural resources, the issues and problems they want to address, and their future academic and/or professional goals, and perhaps even a suggestion or outline for a final paper. Reasons for choosing the University of Iceland should be briefly explained.

Applications will not be processed until all required information has been received.

Authentication of documents
Applicants can expect that documents they provide will be sent to the issuer, with a request confirmation of authenticity, before applications are dealt with by the Programme Board. This procedure can take considerable time but applicants will be notified via email if documents they provide have to be dealt with in this manner.

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