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Natural Resources Management MOOC, Advanced Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 3 months
University rank #171 (QS) Online
The Natural Resources Management MOOC course is offered by the University of Bergen. During the course students learn to manage a number of natural resources: water reservoirs, fisheries, animal herds, and climate, and they learn to operate in product and quota markets. A particular focus is on complicated dynamics, which historically have led to misperceptions and mismanagement.


  • While there exists much relevant knowledge about natural resources, they are frequently mismanaged, often with dramatic consequences for those involved. One aim of the course is to build solid intuitive understanding of the theories and principles underlying natural resources. A second aim is to help students develop the skills and competencies needed for proper management of for instance water reservoirs, fisheries, forests, animal herds, and climate, and to operate in product and quota markets.
  • For resource management, central topics are: system descriptions, simulated behaviour over time, economics, uncertainty, and policy design. For management of commons problems, central topics are: competitive games, regulation, and market-based institutions. For more information, please visit the programme's website.


The course is included in the Master Program in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 3 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      1 Semesater
  • Credits
    10 ECTS

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • The course is organized in six chapters, four concerning resource management and two dealing with markets and policies to deal with commons problems. Each chapter has three main parts: Challenges, Learning-by-doing, and Applications.
  • In Challenges students either answer questions or make decision in simulators or multi-player games. In Learning-by-doing sessions, students are led by questions and hints to develop understanding on their own. Answers prompt immediate feedback. Debriefing videos summarize and generalize what has been learnt. Early chapters make extensive use of animated analogies to build experience/intuition before using formal simulation models. Later chapters rely on simulation models and an interactive tool to explore policies under uncertainty. In Applications, students make use of what they have learnt in realistic case studies, where own decisions may be compared to historical decisions.


The course is open to students worldwide. It is of interest to regular students, teachers, administrators, managers, politicians and journalists.


English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Norwegian citizens:

  • Applicants above 25 years of age may be admitted on the basis of prior learning, which needs not be documented.
  • Applicants below 25 years of age must meet the minimum entrance requirements for higher education (generell studiekompetanse).
  • All Norwegian applicants must supply their ID number (personnummer) in the application.


  • Applicants above 25 years of age may be admitted on the basis of prior learning, which needs not be documented.
  • Applicants below 25 years of age must meet the Higher Education Entrance Qualification for non-Norwegians, which also include language proficiency requirements.

Tuition Fee

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