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The MSc Course in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) offered by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is a 2-year world-class integrated course aimed at enabling graduates to deal with the enormous challenges in sustainable management of natural resources, namely the challenge of management of forests and nature in an integrated landscape.
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The continuation of the programme beyond the last intake in 2016 has not been decided yet. Please keep an eye on the website for further information.

Sustainable Forest and Nature Management

The global demand for forest and nature resources and the pressures on the natural environment seem to continue to increase. The need to ensure the sustainability of natural resources for future generations has never been greater.

The MSc Course in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) is a 2-year world-class integrated course aimed at qualifying graduates to deal with the enormous challenges in sustainable management of natural resources.
Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme

SUFONAMA is part of the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme initiated by the European Commission. The Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and promote intercultural understanding.

Read more about the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme at the European Commissions web site where you can also find a useful FAQ table, studies, statistics and other useful information about the programme.

The SUFONAMA Consortium
The SUFONAMA MSc Course is organised by a Consortium which includes five of the best European universities within the field of forest and nature management:
  • University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Bangor University, School of the Environment and Natural Resources, Bangor (UK)
  • University of Göttingen, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Ecology, Göttingen (Germany)
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp (Sweden)
  • University of Padova, TESAF Department, School of Agriculture, Padova (Italy)

The five universities all have significant experience in research-based teaching on forest and nature management. The SUFONAMA Programme thus provides you with a single entry point to top-level and up-to-date teaching.


The overall objective of the SUFONAMA Programme is to provide a top-level education programme that qualifies graduates to deal with the huge challenges in Europes pursuit of an evermore sustainable management of its natural resources, namely that the management of forest and nature areas must be seen in an integrated landscape context.

By joining the teaching and research experiences of the five consortium universities, this unique course constitutes an in-depth educational programme with inherent impetus to stay at the forefront of research-based teaching strongly linked to the realities in many European and non-European countries.

The specific objective of the SUFONAMA Consortium, through implementation of the SUFONAMA Programme and modalities of work, is to become a Centre of Excellence in the field of holistic forest and nature management. The Consortium will thus work to:
  • Realise synergy in forest and nature management teaching by closer co-ordination and collaboration between the top universities in Europe in the field of forest and nature management
  • Increase transparency, for students as well as faculty, and enable comparison between modules and programme specifications in forest and nature management teaching across universities and institutions in Europe
  • Increase the global visibility and accessibility of higher education in forest and nature management in Europe and contribute towards university excellence and European competitiveness
Degree obtained

Students have to acquire 120 ECTS credits by studying at 2 different Consortium Universities, acquiring at least 60 ECTS credits at each. When achieving the acquired ECTS credits, the student will obtain both:

  • The SUFONAMA double degree: 2 national MSc degrees - an MSc degree from both the first and second year institution. The SUFONAMA Secretariat will forward all documents in one package to the student including the SUFONAMA Consortium Diploma.
  • The SUFONAMA diploma supplement: Attached to the SUFONAMA Consortium Diploma and providing a precise description of the Erasmus Mundus Degree, the SUFONAMA consortium partners, the contents and level of the MSc programme as well as expected learning outcomes and professional status. The Diploma Supplement provides transparency and facilitates academic and professional recognition of qualifications.

Programme Structure

The MSc Course Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) consists of a 2-year programme. Students have to acquire 120 ECTS credits by studying at 2 different Consortium universities, acquiring at least 60 ECTS credits at each.

The first year of study can take place only in three of the five universities: Copenhagen, Bangor or Göttingen. The second year of study is offered at all five SUFONAMA universities. However, students cannot complete first and second year at the same university.

The choice of first year institution is made at the time of application. The final choice of second year university is made in the early spring of the first year of study.

At all universities the language of instruction is English.

The aim of the first year is to provide a thorough and broad introduction to sustainable forest and nature management. This allows students to choose freely among the five specialisations in the second year. The first year includes 20 joint ECTS: Contemporary temperate forest and nature management: climate change and management strategies (5 ECTS), Location specific knowledge and fieldwork in temperate forest and nature management (7.5 ECTS), and a Joint Summer Module (7.5 ECTS) including fieldwork in a variety of sites, which demonstrates a range of forest and nature types, as well as diverse conservation and sustainability issues. The two-week Joint Summer Module field course alternates between the consortium countries.

The second year of the SUFONAMA programme gives the students the opportunity to specialise in one of five well-defined fields in which a research-based thesis is written.


The staff

The core staff consists of internationally recognised specialists. In total, more than 60 faculty members participate in the SUFONAMA Programme.

Apart from the permanent staff, the European Commission annually supports a number of international scholars within the field of sustainable forest and nature management. The international scholars join the SUFONAMA Programme in order to lecture, supervise and/or participate in the Joint Summer Module.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • A good first university degree in Forestry, Biology or related fields such as Environmental Science or Geography, alternatively in Economics, Management or Political Science
  • High proficiency in English. We accept either IELTS (6.5) or TOEFL tests (min. 560 in paper-based test or IBT 83). If you are a native speaker of English or have completed your BSc degree in English, no formal test is required. The language test must be sent directly from the testing centre.
  • Strong personal statement of motivation
  • Good recommendations from two references, of which at least one is academic
  • CV

At the time of application, you must supply proof of your BSc degree as well as the required language test.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8000 International
  • EUR 4000 EU/EEA

The participation cost per year is € 8,000 for Partner Country students and € 4,000 for Programme Country students. The participation cost is the same irrespective of study track/institution.


Partner Country Scholarships

These scholarships can be awarded to masters students from all countries other than the EU member states and non-EU programme countries: Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Norway. Furthermore, you must comply with the 12 months rule: You must not be a resident nor have carried out main activity (studies, work etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.

Programme Country Scholarships

These scholarships can be awarded to any masters students who do not fulfil the criteria A defined above, i.e nationality requirement and 12 months rule.

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