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.
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 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:
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:
General deadline, applies to everyone.)
Dates reflect the university's timezone.
Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
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.
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 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.
At the time of application, you must supply proof of your BSc degree as well as the required language test.
International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Sweden when:
No work experience is required.
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