M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Natural Resource & Governance)

Location: Hyderabad

School: School of Livelihoods and Development

Intake: 34




Description of the Master of Arts (Natural Resource & Governance) Programme

Every year the world’s population increases by 78 million people who are rapidly consuming the earth’s limited natural resources. Thus we find that there are voluminous problems that confront us - human population explosion, poverty, inequality and inequity, pollution, political manipulation of the public and of natural resources for corporate benefit, the abuse of public and natural resources, and the dangers of toxic emissions, to name a few. With the rise in global consciousness regarding the causes and impact of environmental damage and increasing conflicts over natural resources, it is clear we need to re-calibrate our understanding of natural resources, and develop approaches for their sensible, sustainable and equitable use.

A shift is also needed to help us understand the interactions between the human systems, the natural world and natural resources through a more holistic approach. Critical thinking skills with interdisciplinary scientific analysis need to be aplied if we have to develop long-term and sustainable solutions for the benefit of current and future generations. Individuals and groups working in industrial and development sectors need to understand the possible impact of their activities on the environment and make plans accordingly. Similarly, for professionals working with NGOs and people’s movements, an understanding of these issues is essential if they are to effectively intervene to ensure that environmental concerns are respected in projects that affect communities with which they work.

The Master of Arts (Natural Resource & Governance) programme is a combination of theoretical knowledge, awareness of the contemporary environmental issues and fieldwork experiences. The aim of the programme is to provide knowledge and skills to the students, that will help them understand and conceptualise the idea of natural resources in rich and diverse ways, the various issues and problems around natural resource control, use, generation of waste and the different costs involved in these processes – a frame broadly of the management and governance of natural resources.

This professional programme will give students the opportunity to understand the institutional structures concerning natural resources at the micro and macro level (local, state, national, international) as well as the policies, issues and problems of India and strategies to address these. The programme would equip students to partake in organisational efforts in managing projects and initiatives by preparing them on managerial analysis and skills.

Collaborative Programme development & Delivery

TISS Hyderabad is offering this programme since the 2015 June batch. This programme is anchored by the School of Livelihoods & Development Studies. The programme is offered in collaboration with the Foundation for Ecological Security (www.fes.org.in), a well known organisation in the field of restoring natural habitats, working with communities and strengthening sustainable livelihoods. The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is recipient of several awards including the prestigious Elinor Ostrom International Award on Collective Governance of the Commons for the year 2013, for outstanding contribution to the practice of Commons governance.

Overview of the Programme

The MA programme is a two year, four semseter programme that will builds in students perspectives, knowledge and skills to understand

  • Natural resources in a comprehensive and diverse frame

  • Human-environment interaction and the different approaches to studying environment and ecology.

  • Interrelationships of resource use, economics, governance systems, politics and their impact on the environment;

  • Environmental issues and their linkages to politics of development at the local, regional and global level.

  • Issues in environmental economics, natural resource economics, institutional economics and economic governance.

  • Approaches for natural resource management and institutional analysis to design suitable conservation and livelihood development strategies; and

  • Understand organizational contexts and play an active role in implementing programmes and initiatives on natural resources governance and management.

Programme Outcomes

  • The programme will create professionals with a multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary understanding of natural resources through different though complimentary lenses such as those of, Governance Systems, Sustainable development, ecology and environment and also concepts and theories of waste.

  • Develop a sound understanding on managing institutions, project management, financial systems, human resource management, strategic issues in development organisations, review and impact assessments, research methodologies and systems analysis.

  • Get exposed to different settings and institutions, and partake in different programmes and initiatives to understand, diagnose, conceptualise, and field pilot projects.

Who can apply:

  • Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree or in the final year of graduation

  • Development practitioners, policymakers, government line ministry staff and programme managers and NGO staff, staff from federations of community organisations or private sector organisations.

Employment opportunities

  • Students can opt for either further study in the social sciences through research programmes such as MPhil/PhD or appear for Union and State services examinations

  • Careers in policy think tanks, advocacy groups, non-governmental and campaigning organisations, the media, publishing, public relations, government (national and international), planning and environmental management organisations.


For more curriculum framework and Faculty profile visit www.campus.tiss.edu/hyderabad

Distribution of Credit Hours:


Semesterwise Courses:


Semester Course Code Name of the Course Credits

FC 1 Understanding Society 2
FC 2 Understanding Economy 2
FC 3 Understanding Politics 2
CoM 1 Philosophy and Methods of Social Research 1 2
NRG 1 Introduction to Socio - Ecological Perspectives (SEP) 4
NRG 3 Basics of Socio - Ecological Research (SER-2) 2
NRG - WS 1 Conflicts over Natural Resources - Displacement 0
EL 1 Group Behaviour and Exposure Visit to FES Sites 4
II NRG 4 Institutional Analysis and Design 2
NRG5-WS 2 Socio-Ecological Research (SER-2)Advanced (3parts):Forest, Natural Resources,etc. Measurements Socio-Economic Surveys 3

Environmental Policy,Institutions,Legal Framework

NRG 7 Natural Resource Based Livelihood 2
NRG 9 Environmental Economics 3
NRG - EL 2 IFRI Survey 6
NRG-WS 3 Data Analysis 2
III EL 3 Summer Internship 3
NRG 10 Sustainability 2
NRG 14 NRG Seminar Series 2
NRG 11 System Dynamics and Modelling 2
NRG 8 Approaches to Conservation and Development 2
NRG 12 Understanding Climate Change 2
NRG 13 Project Management / Budgeting 2
NRG - WS Workshop: Research Proposal Writing/Presentation 2
IV RD Field - Based Learning & Dissertation 9
NRG 15

Advanced Data Analysis

1. Bio - diversity Inventory

2. Bioo- informatics & Bio - regional Planning

3. System Dynamics and Modeling


 Note: The Total number of creditts, list of CBCS curses and semester- wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes. Due to current pandemic situation courses may be shifted or taught across semesters.

Fee Structure:


Component M.A. In Natural Resources and Governance (NRG)
FEE Tuition Fee 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Health Centre Charges 100 0 0 0
CHARGES Field Work Charges 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
IT  Charges 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2,000
ID Card charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students’ Competency Fund 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 8,000 8,000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1,500 0 1,500 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0 0 0
  Total Course Fee 38,200 26,300 19,800 20,300
  Hostel and Dining Hall Charges:      
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges To be paid to the service provider directly by the students who avail the facility.
Hostel & Electricity Charges
  Total Charges 0 0 0 0
*Details under School        
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Some Schools will organise Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, expenses for these are not shown in the above table. These expenses will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.