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. 

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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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