Continuing Education
Online Course

Natural Resources Management

Do you want to learn more about how to manage natural resources such as water reservoirs, fisheries, forests and animal herds, and how to operate in product and quota markets? Sign up for the free MOOC in Natural Resources Management.

Online course in Natural Resources Management
Take our online course in Natural Resources Management and learn more about how to manage different natural resources in a best possible way.
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While there exists much relevant knowledge about natural resources, they are frequently mismanaged, often with dramatic consequences for those involved.

This course helps you build solid intuitive understanding of the theories and principles underlying natural resources. You develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed for proper management of for instance climate, water reservoirs, fisheries, forests and animal herds. You also learn how product and quota markets for natural resources work. 

The course is organized in six chapters, four concerning resources management and two dealing with markets and policies to deal with commons problems. It utilizes a variety of online teaching tools including: animations, videos, quizzes, and interactive learning environments with simulators. Immediate feedback to quizzes helps students correct their understanding and is an important part of the teaching material. 

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How to sign up and attend?

The MOOC is 100 % online course, via the course platform Canvas. 

The course is taught in English, but you can activate automatic translations to other languages. 

  • The course is open for everyone and you can study at your own speed.
  • There is no tuition fee.
  • You can register and start learning immediately at any time within the spring or fall semesters.
  • In the spring semester, the course is open from 10 January until 10 June.
  • In the fall semester, the course is open from 1 July until 20 December.
  • If you are not able to finish the course within one semester, you can sign up again the next semester and start from scratch.
  • There is an upper limit to the number of students. When the limit is reached, self-enrollment shuts down.

Before you go to the registration page, note the following:

1) First, to get English text, you may use Google Chrome and choose English. For browsers without such a translation option, use the translation from Norwegian below.

2) Second, if, after having selected “I am a new user”, you do not see the option to tick off “I am not a robot” (reCAPTCHA), leave the registration page and try again. Tests so far indicate that Google Chrome works better than other browsers


  • Fill inn your email (Vennligst skriv inn e-post) and tick off for New user (Jeg er en ny bruker) unless you have already signed up for another course with Unit (bibsys.instructure), then choose (Jeg har allerede en Unit Canvas logg inn).
  • Write your full name (Fullt navn) and tick off for terms of use (Jeg er enig)
  • Tick off for I am not a robot (Jeg er ikke en robot) and select the pictures with the indicated item (use Google to find out what the item is in English).
  • Then click the button to register (Registrere deg på emnet). You will get an email, usually after few minutes.
  • Click the link (Klikk her for å fullføre registreringsprosessen) to enter a password (8 signs or more) for your login email address and to set your time zone. Remember your password! 
  • End by clicking the button "Register." This procedure brings you to the Dashboard for your courses and you can click on your course and start working.
  • To login after having previously logged out, it is practical to have bookmarked the login to the dashboard page with the following URL: https://unit.instructure.com/login/canvas
  • When returning via the bookmark, always choose the button (Ikke Feide) for your login. Do not fill in the (E-post) option with your full email, rather choose the option with your first name only. Make sure your password is entered. Press (Logg on) and arrive at the Dashboard where you click the icon for your course, and continue working.

You may also want to register for another of our courses. Go to our course portal and click on the course you are interested in and click on the URL to enroll for that course. If in the same semester, you already have an account, and you should tick off (Jeg har allerede en Unit Canvas log in), click Register, and use the password you have already created. Then you go to the dashboard and get access to the new course as well. Now, your bookmark gives you access to all your registered courses.

What is required to take the exam?

The course is accredited at the master level at the University of Bergen. At the end of each semester there is a 3-hour exam, which gives 10 ECTS.

To get credit for the course, note the following deadlines and rules: 

  1. To get access to the exam, you must finish the entire course before the exam starts. 
  2. Your grade is determined by the exam result only and not by the course quizzes.
  3. Only after you have taken the exam, you can apply to get credit for the course.
  4. To apply to get credit for the course, you must meet the minimum entrance requirements for higher education in Norway OR be older than 25 years of age. Towards the end of the course, you will all get exact information about how and where to apply.
  5. Credit and transcript are offered for free.

NOTE: Starting in 2024, the course may not be offered with the option to take an exam. New information will follow in January 2024.