MSc European Forestry (MSc EF) is a top class taught Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme (EMJMD) in the field of forest sciences. The quality of our programme is acknowledged by the European Commission, which awarded the MSc European Forestry Erasmus Mundus status for years 2004–2014 and for years 2016–2019.
Our programme is a two-year interdisciplinary programme that provides academic education in the field of sustainable resource management with an emphasis on current bioeconomy issues. MSc EF offers a new approach to forestry and nature management markets and it connects the increasing number of forest-related issues with a European dimension at international as well as national levels. The objective of the MSc EF programme is to educate professionals who have a thorough understanding of a sustainable forest bioeconomy as well as the European business culture. The curriculum is specifically designed to take into consideration the needs of potential employers and therefore our graduates are highly valued by national and international agencies, governmental bodies, NGO´s, research institutions and timber, paper and pulp enterprises.
In MSc EF, six European top-class forestry universities collaborate intensively to offer joint study modules in addition to their existing curricula. The MSc EF Consortium consists of the following institutions: the University of Eastern Finland (coordinator); AgroParisTech, France; the University of Freiburg, Germany; the University of Lleida, Spain; the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria and Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania. In addition, Associated Partner HEIs in Brazil, Canada and China and Associated Industrial and Associated Scientific Partners contribute to programme delivery.
Minimum eligibility criteria
Bachelor´s degree in forestry or related field with good grades issued by an internationally recognised university.
Good command of English language. TOEFL iBT 90 or IELTS 6.5 or PTE 59.
First Academic Year
Study Module 1
Trends in European Forestry
Academic Skills in Forest Sciences
Research Methodology in Forest Sciences
Global Virtual Seminar
Analysis of forest economics and policy
Basics of wood material science
Current issues in forest conservation and biodiversity
Economics of multiple-use forestry
Forest ecosystem modelling, concepts and applications
Forest products mechanics
Foresight methods and applications for the forest sector
Information skills and sources in science and forestry for international students
Organic and biomass chemistry
Silvicultural management of forests for timber production and other ecosystem services
Supply and energy use of lignocellulosic biomass
University study skills
Bioenergy markets and policies
Co-management of natural resources
Data-driven qualitative methodologies for forest scientists and foresters
Forest information systems
Forest inventory and modeling
Forest pathology and forest microbiology
Forest soil hydrology
Industrial forest biotechnology and biorefining
Literature seminar of forest soil ecology and management
Measurement, scaling and instrumentation
Spatial optimization and utilization of new data sources in forest planning
Structure and properties of wood-based materials
Study tour to Russian forestry
Carbon dynamics of forest soils (literature exam)
Literature review in forest zoology and pathology
Perspectives to bioeconomy
Online courses provided by the University of Lleida (Spain):
Forest dynamics in a global change context: drivers, processes and modelling approaches
Introduction to Spatial Statistics: Spatial analysis with R
Stand to Continental Forest Health Management
Study Module 2
European Forestry Field Course (EFFC), 8 ECTS. EFFC is designed and implemented by the Consortium after Module 1 in May. The EFFC takes you across Europe through Spain, France, Germany, Austria and Romania. The main objective is to provide you with in-depth knowledge on socially, culturally and economically sustainable forestry in different parts of Europe.
Applied Period in Forest Institutions, 10 ECTS. During the Applied period in Forest Institution (a two-month internship), you have the opportunity to get familiar with working life and project management. Our Consortium universities and associated partner universities and associated industrial and scientific partners are offering these placements. A list of available placements each year will be provided during the autumn semester of the first academic year.
Second Academic Year
Study Module 3
Your second academic year is conducted in one of the MSc EF Consortium universities in Austria, France, Germany, Spain or Romania (not in Finland) and it is based on Study Module 3 where each Consortium HEI offers a package of specialised courses according to his own field of expertise. Master’s Thesis and Online Thesis Seminar are also included in Study Module 3.
Advanced Courses, 30 ECTS. The selected advanced courses support the European Forestry curriculum by offering you the very speciality of your chosen second year host university.
Master’s Thesis and online thesis seminar, 30 ECTS. The master’s thesis. Composing a master´s thesis, 30 ECTS, is one of the most important components of the MSc European Forestry curriculum. It trains you to carry out research independently in the field of forest sciences. The goal is to produce a piece of research work that could be published in an international scientific journal. The thesis must be prepared according to the guidelines given by the host university. For further information on master´s thesis, please click the Thesis link on the left. All the students also present their theses in an online seminar. This online seminar is compulsory for everyone and you can flexibly choose the timing for recording and uploading your video presentation.
European Forestry Forum – Job Fairs and Graduation Ceremony. You have a possibility to participate at the European Forestry Forum where the graduation ceremony takes place. All the graduated participants present their thesis to a wide audience of fellow students, researchers and employers. Those graduates who have not yet managed to find employment have an ample opportunity to meet potential employers and network with researchers from all over the world.
Forest and nature management agencies and governmental bodies
Forest enterprises in paper and pulp industries and saw milling
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