Environmental Risks Management in 
the Arctic (ERMA)

STUDY FIELD: Ecology and Environmental Management

CODE: 05.04.06

Program presentation

The Arctic preservation and global environmental issues have become high on the agenda. Demand has grown for professionals with deep expertise in understanding and evaluating risks of the Arctic development, able to employ scientific and practical methods of managing environmental risks.

This MSc programme provides graduates with a deep understanding of the principal tools, techniques and management concepts to respond to environmental risks and make decisions on a local and national level.

2018 2021

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Master’s Degree Program

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Specialization: 05.04.06 “Ecology and Environmental Management”
Master’s programme “Environmental Risk Management in the Arctic” (120 ECTS)

Master’s degree

1 semester

Module: Research Module

(15 ECTS)

  • Academic Writing - 3 ECTS.
  • Methodology and Methods of Scientific Research - 3 ECTS.
  • Project Management – 3 ECTS.
  • Educational practice: research seminar – 3 ECTS.
  • Educational practice: project - 3 ECTS.

Module: General Module (15 ECTS)

  • Computer technologies and statistical methods in ecology and environmental management – 3 ECTS;
  • Spatial analysis – 3 ECTS;
  • Environmental law system - 3 ECTS
  • Environmental Law and Indigenous Peoples’ Law – 3 ECTS;
  • International environmental law – 3 ECTS

2 semester

Module: Environmental Monitoring (15 ECTS)

  • Priority pollutants of the Arctic territories– 3 ECTS;
  • Environmental pollution assessment – 3 ECTS;
  • Elective courses: Environmental risks in the Arctic Region – 3 ECTS or Contemporary phisico-chemical methods of environmental risk reduction – 3 ECTS;
  • Internship, Practice for obtaining professional skills and professional experience – 6 ECTS.

Module: Environmental management and nature protection (15 ECTS)

  • Environmental management system – 3 ECTS;
  • Enterprise environmental management system – 3 ECTS;
  • Decision-Making in Environmental Safety – 3 ECTS or Sustainable development in the industry – 3 ECTS;
  • Scientific research practice – 6 ECTS.

3 semester

Module: Risk Management (15 ECTS)

  • Risk management – 6 ECTS;
  • Clean Production Technologies – 3 ECTS;
  • Scientific research practice – 6 ECTS.

Module: Sustainability of the Arctic Region (15 ECTS)

  • Biodiversity conservation concepts –– 3 ECTS
  • Human adaptation in the Arctic– 3 ECTS
  • Sustainable development of the Arctic region – 3 ECTS
  • Scientific research practice – 6 ECTS.

4 semester

Science research (Master’s thesis) – 30 ECTS

The program provides an opportunity for exchange studies at UiT — the Arctic University of Norway in the 3rd semester with pre-approved courses:

  • Module F2: International emergency preparedness and environmental protection in the High North (10 ECTS)
  • Module G2: Safety and risk analysis (10 ECTS)
  • Module H: Academic writing (10 ECTS)

Students will also benefit from interdisciplinary approach in environmental risks management having access to NArFU Arctic research centres and high-performance computing laboratories.


  • Master’s Diploma by Northern (Arctic) Federal University
  • European Diploma Supplement


  • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree or Specialist Diploma
  • English proficiency (B2)
  • Portfolio


  • Public and private organizations in the field of ecology and environmental management in the Arctic
  • International environmental organizations
  • Resource management authorities
  • Research organizations
  • Educational institutions


Department of International Cooperation     http://www.narfu.ru/en/

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Application Deadline

15 June

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Coordination and Contacts

Programme Coordinator:
Maria Nikitina, PhD, Associate Professor, m.nikitina@narfu.ru

Higher School of Natural Sciences and Technologies

e-mail: natsciences@narfu.ru

International Student Admission Office

For general questions please contact the International office:
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