University of Helsinki

Forest Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15000
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, Finnish, Swedish
    Language
The Master’s Programme in Forest Sciences at University of Helsinki offers a broad and versatile perspective on forests and their use. The studies focus on and apply knowledge in biology, business economics, environmental sciences, logistics, geoinformatics and information technology. 
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Do you want to affect the future of forests, a key natural resource and the wellspring of biodiversity? Have you ever wondered why forests are called the lungs of the Earth and how climate change relates to forests? Or how trees are grown and processed into products in a sustainable and efficient manner? And how are the economy and forests interrelated?  As a graduate in forest sciences you will be a professional in forest ecology, the management and use of forest resources, forest bioeconomy business and policy, with ample career opportunities in Finland and abroad.

You can find answers to these questions when you study forest sciences. You will come to view forests not only as a setting for jogging trails or as a source of wood, but rather as a source of versatile renewable resources and as complex ecological systems that are closely connected to their environment. The relationship between humans and nature and between society and natural resources is a strong feature of these studies.

Study tracks, specialisations and examples of topics covered by them:

Forest ecology and management

  • The management and restoration of forest and peatland ecosystems: the sustainable and multitargeted use of forest, the use of peat
  • Function and production of forests:ecophysiology of growth, production ecology, material fluxes between forest and the atmosphere
  • Forest soil science: the biogeochemistry and hydrology of forest soil, soil and root ecology
  • Forest pathology and mycology:  the microbiology and epidemiology of forests
  • Forest zoology:  the biology and ecology of forest insects, the ecology of forest pests
  • Wildlife management: game populations and society, the planning of game husbandry, mammal ecology
  • The ecology, management and use of tropical forests:  methods of tropical forestry, agroforestry
  • Forest resource management and geoinformatics: the collection and use of forest-related information in decision-making, laser scanning, remote sensing, forest inventory
  • Forest technology and logistics: the management of forest products, terramechanics, forest bioenergy
  • Wood technology: wood science and wood as raw material, laboratories in the forest industry, the structure and properties of wood raw material

Career

A degree in forestry offers extensive and fairly unique professional competence on a global scale on forest and peatland ecosystems, forest management and use, forest conservation, the business economics and policies of forest bioeconomy as well as the collection, management and use of forest-related information.The MSc in Forest Sciences progarmme is offered by the University of Helsinki.

Programme Structure

The Master's Programme in Forest Sciences comprises two study tracks: forest ecology and management and forest bioeconomy business and policy. These study tracks include a total of 10 fields of specialisation.

The specialisations in forest ecology and management focus on various types of forest and peatland ecosystems and their exploitation, examine the planning of forest use and the relevant collection of information, examine forest inventory models, wood harvesting and logistics as well as the processing of wood into bioeconomy products.

Topical issues include:

  • climate change
  • the prevention of damage to forests caused by insects and fungi
  • the control of game populations
  • problems related to the exploitation of tropical forests
  • the application of new remote sensing methods in the planning of forest resource management
  • the combination of different values and targets in forestry and bioeconomy
  • various models of silviculture
  • increased efficiency in logging and transportation
  • generating added value in all areas of biorefining.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Finnish
    • Swedish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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You may be admitted if you meet the specified eligibility requirements:

  • You demonstrate by 31 July that you have completed a first- or second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You have performed well in the studies required for the programme
  • You submit the application and the required attachments within the specified deadline
  • You demonstrate that you are proficient in English.
  • If needed, you will participate in an interview upon request

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Photocopy of the degree diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Authorised translations into Finnish, Swedish or English
  • A motivation letter as part of online application form.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Funding

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