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.


SEPT 2019



Master’s Degree Program

Course starts



DURATION 2 years


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 of Russian Federation – 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)

  • Elective courses: Risk management or International experience in emergency preparedness and environmental protection in the Arctic – 9 ECTS;
  • Scientific research practice – 6 ECTS.

Module: Clean Production Technologies (15 ECTS)

  • Elective courses: Standards in the sphere of environmental management and ecological certification / Environmental management of clean production in the Arctic – 9 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)


The MSc ERMA programme is designed to provide a qualification that will improve your career prospects, whether you plan to progress into academic research or whether you wish to embark on a career in the business sector or with a governmental or a non-governmental body where knowledge, competencies and skills of natural resources utilization and environmental research will be important.


For all questions regarding application and selection of NArFU’s educational programs please contact International Students Admission Office.
Head of the Office: Ms. Polina Golomidova
E-mail: international@narfu.ru
Skype: narfu_interstudent
Facebook: NArFU — International Office
Address: Severnaya Dvina Emb. 17,
163002 Arkhangelsk, Russia
Telephone: 007 (8182) 216 196


15 June


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