Curriculum 2020/2021

FOREST Boreal forest and wildlife management

Name of study programme

Boreal forest and wildlife management

ECTS credits


Academic level and organisation of the study programme

The study is a full time basic study at the bachelor level extending 4 months and consisting of 30 ECTS credits.


Conservation biology and sustainable use of natural resources are among the most pressing challenges that the world is facing nowadays. Norway has taken up these challenges and is in the front-line for developing expertise with focus from a local to a global perspective. This module offers a deep insight into the boreal forest ecosystem processes and the Nordic view on wildlife and forest management while at the same time expanding on global challenges of conservation biology and reflection on the human dimension in management of natural resources.

Learning outcomes

A student with fulfilled qualifications will have the following learning outcomes: 


The candidate has

  • knowledge about the geological events that have shaped the Nordic landscape
  • knowledge about the Nordic view in management of forests and wildlife
  • knowledge about existing conflicts between man and the environment in the interior landscapes of the Nordic countries, with regard to environmental issues, husbandry, economics and rural development
  • knowledge about current issues and scientific methods in forestry- and wildlife management.


The candidate

  •  can identify the different Nordic ecosystems and the most characteristic landscape features and species
  •  is able to present and discuss different views and opinions regarding wildlife management and the human dimension in it
  •  is able to assess different management regimes and elucidate different monitoring systems

General competences: 

The candidate

  • has a general understanding of the historical and contemporary view of wildlife as a resource from a Nordic perspective to a global one.
  • has a general understanding about the functioning of the boreal forest ecosystem 

Target group

We primarily target international students and professionals that have a dedicated interest in wildlife and the interaction between man and the environment. 

Career prospects and further studies



To enter the study it is required that the student can confirm to have fulfilled at least one year at a university or university college within the fields of wildlife biology, biology, ecology, evolution, forestry, agriculture, environmental sciences or likewise, or have achieved the bachelor degree in such sciences. 

Teaching and working methods

All courses provide a combination of lectures, practical exercises and seminars. Students are challenged to present their work in an oral form during the course and to work both individually and in a team. The intensive schedule, with each course lasting ca 8 weeks prior to the exam, gives the opportunity to develop a close contact between teachers and students. Practical exercises in the field are a good opportunity for students to learn to work together and realize the challenges of data collection in the field 



Assessment, examination and grading

The candidate will be evaluated by written assignments, oral presentations and by the final exam in each course. 

Research-based teaching



The program targets international students who can complement the study program in their home country with a deep insight into the Nordic nature and sustainable use of natural resources. National students are encouraged to follow the programs as well by choosing to replace one of the Norwegian-taught courses with the English-taught module in this program. A mixed class of international and national students has the added value of an inter-cultural exchange regarding global issues of conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of natural Resources. 

Information literacy

The students should develop their skills in searching, evaluating, and referencing information in their scientific work. These are important qualifications for lifelong-learning. Together with the academic environment, the library offers classes on searching for information, evaluating the information you find, as well as correct use of sources. We expect all students to have a critical attitude towards information, and to use the information correctly in all their scientific work. The rules regarding correct use of sources are described in «Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen ved Høgskolen i Innlandet»

Programme structure and content

We offer four courses to complete the present study program of 30 ECTS in addition to the course in Norwegian language which is optional:

  • Boreal forest Management (7,5)
  • Wildlife Management (7,5)
  • Boreal forest sector (7,5)
  • Freshwater ecosystem management (7,5)
  • Norwegian language course (5)



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