Master of Science in Management of Environment and Natural Resources

Program Background

Vietnam is considered one of Southeast Asia’s richest in biodiversity and ranked 16th among the highest biodiversity in the world. The ecosystems of forests, wetlands, sea, limestone mountains … have features of the tropics and the habitat, development of many endemic wildlife, valuable species, including species. These are not found elsewhere in the world.

In Vietnam, Mekong River Delta, with an area of about 4 million hectares, can be considered as a large wetland of Vietnam. It is home to more than 17 million people in 13 provinces and cities in the southwestern part of Vietnam, a region rich in biodiversity, home to many rare species and gene sources; It provides over 50% of food production, 90% of rice export of the country. In addition, the Mekong Delta is a place where aquaculture and capture fisheries contribute to make Vietnam become one of the major seafood exporters in the world.

However, in recent decades with high socio-economic development and the impact of climate change is occurring with the manifestations of rising temperatures, changing rainfall, changing the flow of Mekong river, salinity intrusion, sea level rise, and increasing environmental pollution have caused significant impacts on ecosystems, the depletion of biodiversity and wetland biodiversity.

To ensure that natural ecosystems and important natural resources and precious and rare species and sources are preserved and developed sustainably; To maintain and develop ecosystem services in response to climate change to promote sustainable development of the country. Vietnam needs a team of scientists to strengthen the capacity of environmental science research and human resources with expertise in the field of resource management and biodiversity conservation.

The Master of Science in Management of Environment and natural resources was established in 2018 to address the urgent need for qualitied applied environmental managers to guide Vietnam towards sustainable development, address existing in the managerments of environment, natural resources, and biological conservation. It is supported by CONSEA project. Partner organisations assisting the Masters program include: Partner organizations assisting the Masters programme is mainly supported by European Project – Erasmus+ Program within the consortium of 4 European university partners: University of Toulouse (France), University of Girona (Spain), University of Ghent (Belgium) and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria), and 4 South-East Asia university partners: University of Battambang (Cambodia), Can Tho University (Vietnam) and An Giang University (Vietnam).

Program objectives:

The overall objective of Msc. Curriculum is to equip students with high qualification in management of environment and natural resources. The purpose is to prepare the scientists to be capable of studing, understanding and taking care of the protection of natural environment and management of natural resources. The final goal is the rational and sustainable management skills and the knowledge of using natural resources, the confrontation of environmental problems and the consideration of Nature Conservation and the Management in Natural, Urban and Rural areas.

Program learning outcomes

Graduates are expected to:

– Have expertise in management and exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources; management of River basin, ecosystems and biodiversity conservation; and quality management for soil, water and air environments; and waste management.

– Have an independently study ability to create a premise to continue to study at higher levels or be able to participate in research at institutes, research centers, international organizations in the field of conservation and environmental protection.

– Have the qualification for English proficiency: TOEIC 550; TOEFL ITP 450, iBT 45; IELTS 5.0.

Program prospectus careers

Working at research institutes, universities, colleges, professional secondary schools, state management agencies in charge of environmental matters, agencies for analysis and observation of natural resources and environment, national parks and conservation zones…

  • Working in companies, factories, factories, industrial parks …
  • Working in non-governmental organizations for environmental protection, biodiversity conservation …

Course Descriptions

The Masters curriculum is a two-year program which consists of two stages. Students are evaluated at the end of each stage, and only those with adequate grades may proceed to the next stage.

Subjects covered during the first and second year of the Masters program are as followed:

This master program is designed into three themes in order for students to complete the degree.

  1. Theme One: Applied Professional Course (non-credit)

This theme is designed expose students to improve their professional skills in their future career. Students will be able to develop intrapersonal and interpersonal skills for their personal development.

  1. Theme Two: Theoretical and Practical Courses related to majors of Biodiversity conservation, Natural resources and ecological management, and Environmental management (42 credits)

This theme is developed to build the fundamental, advanced knowledge and skills in modules taken for real applications.

  1. Theme Three: Practicum/ Research-Oriented in majors of Biodiversity conservation, Natural resources and Ecological management, and Environmental management (15 credits)

The research thesis is primarily a learning experience: learning the skills of research and exploring a topic in depth.


Codes Course title Credits
i. General knowledge 05 Credits
Philosophy 3
English Proficiency To be certified according to the standards from the MOET of Vietnam
Research Methodology 2
ii. Fundamental and Professional Knowledge 14 Credits (Compulsory: 10 credits, Selective: 4 credits)
Principles    of natural resources  and environmental management 2
Application of GIS and Remote sensing     into natural resources  and environmental management 2
English in environment 2
Basis of biological conservation 2
Structure and function of typical ecosystems in the Mekong Delta 2
Application of statistics   into natural resources and environmental management. 2
Environmental biology indicators
Quantifying ecology
Monitoring techniques  on natural resources
Environmental sociology 2


Policies and strategies on environmental resources
Environment and  resources economics
iii. Major courses
Major of Biodiversity conservation 08 credits (Compulsory: 04 credits, Selective: 04 credits)
Investigate and set up a biodiversity monitoring system 1
Management    of conservation  areas and  national parks 2
Field  visits  and writing report resources conservation 1
Biodiversity    of aquatic resources 2
Biodiversity of land resources
Wildlife conservation and rescue technology 2
Project development and management   for resource conservation
Applied biotechnology  in conservation
Major of Natural resources and ecological management 12 Credits (Compulsory: 06 credits, Selective: 06 credits)
Integrated  water resources management 2
Assessment and rational use of land    resources 2
Integrated    river and coastal zone management (marine resources) 2
Forest   resources management 2
Planning and management of fisheries resource
Cleaner production
Mineral resources management
Management of specificity ecosystem services management  in the Mekong Delta 2
Risk  assessment of Ecology
Modelling in management of environment and natural resources 2
Applied ecological techniques for resilience of resource and environment
Analysis of environmental systems
Communitybased on natural resource management
Major of Environmental management 06 credits (Compulsory: 04 credits, Selective: 02 credits)
Management of environmental quality 2
Environmental water management for aquaculture 2
Climate change and resilience
Energy and environment
Management of agricultural and rural environment
Application of nanotechnology in environmental treatment 2
Water pollution control technology
Technology for treatment and management of solid waste and hazardous waste
iv. Master thesis 15 credits (Compulsory: 15 credits, Selective: 00 credits)
Master thesis 15


Admission: Maximum number of students is 20 students


Candidates have a bachelor degree in Management of Environment and Natural resources and join an entrance exammination.

The entrance exammination comprises 03 tests in (1) Probability statistics mathematics, (2) Foreign language (for example, English, French, Chinese,…) and (3) Environmental management. The candidate could not attend the foreign language if they sastify the currently Training Regulations of Ministry of Training and education for master training.

For the candidates whose bachelor degrees are not in Management of Environment and Natural resources (e.g. environmental science, crop science, etc.), they must take the 03 courses in Environmental ecology, Environmental science, and Method of analysis of environmental parameters. However, AGU will consider the candidate’s detailed transcript to decide the number of supplemantary courses.  

Tuition fee:

Successful candidates are required to pay a fee of USD $1500 for two years (around 35 milion VND)

Scholarship opportunity and research grant:

Varies scholarships and research grants are available based on the partners (CONSEA) and collaborators for this program. It is potentially available for some outstanding students amount the cohort. Additional research mobility to EU partners in the field of studies will be provided under the CONSEA project.


The An Giang University is accepting applications for Master of Science in Managment of Environment and Natural resources one time per year.


Open for applications: August 01, 2018

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

Class Schedule: Weekend

Language of Instructions: Vietnamese

Training time: 2 years (including 1.5 years for courses in class and 0,5 year for thesis)  Total credit of curriculum: 60 credits.


  • General knowledge: 5 credits
  • Fundamental and Professional knowledge: 14 credits
  • Major knowledge: 26 credits
  • Thesis: 15 credits Compulsory and elective courses
  • Compulsory courses: 44 credits (73,3%)
  • Elective courses: 16 credits (26,7%)

Contact for further information

  • Prof. Dr. Nguyen Trung Thanh, Programme manager: 0907.101.590
  • Trinh Thi Lan, Programme coordinator: 0989.796.002
  • Nguyen Hong Nhat, Programme coordinator: 0985.879.036


Address: 3th floor, Rector building, Office of Science management and Post-graduated training, An Giang University, No. 18. Ung Van Khiem st., Dong Xuyen ward, Long Xuyen city, An Giang province

Important dates

  • Open for applications: August 01, 2018
  • Application Deadline:  October 15, 2018
  • Entrance Exam: December, 2018
  • Successful Candidate Announcement: January, 2019
  • MSc Program Start: February, 2019

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