M.Sc. European Forestry

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR8000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
University of Eastern Finland | Joensuu, Finland
MSc European Forestry is a top class taught masters programme in the field of forest sciences. The quality of the programme was acknowledged by the European Commission during 2004-2014 when the MSc European Forestry was awarded the Erasmus Mundus status. The MSc European Forestry programme provides academic education in forestry focusing on the international dimension of sustainable forest management issues. Our graduates are amongst the most sought after in the field by national and international employers alike.

Description of European Forestry


The MSc European Forestry programme provides academic education in forestry focusing on the international dimension of sustainable forest management issues. In this programme, European forestry universities collaborate intensively to offer joint courses as well as their existing curricula, based on the knowledge and experience of forest management for which European forestry was the cradle already centuries ago. The European view on forest management is well founded both in the latest research results as well as centuries of experience.

Graduates of MSc European Forestry programme are highly demanded by the labour market. All our students graduate with the ability to work in multicultural environments and with the latest knowledge on forest management and policy-making in Europe. The majority of our graduates are currently employed around the world by organisations such as:

  • Forest and nature management agencies and governmental bodies
  • Research institutions
  • Forest enterprises in paper and pulp industries and saw milling
  • Environmental NGO's

MSc European Forestry is co-organised by seven European universities:

  • University of Eastern Finland, Finland (Coordinating institution)
  • Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences, France
  • University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • University of Lleida, Spain
  • Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 7 January 2015
Tuition fee
  • EUR 8000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 4000 Year (EEA)
Start date August  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The MSc European Forestry Course provides you an ideal opportunity to get high quality education, to network with professional from all over the world and travel across Europe. The two-year 120 ECTS Course is well-organised and students can rely on solid support from the MSc European Forestry secretariat with regard to practical arrangements.

1st year autumn semester

Studies begin in early August with welcoming and orientation in Joensuu, Finland. Followed by Study Modules 1, 2 and 3 you will spend your first semester at the University of Eastern Finland, School of Forest Sciences until 31 January. throughout your studies, the MSc European Forestry secretariat helps you with the study related issues as well as organising practicalities matters.

1st year spring semester

After Joensuu, Finland, students travel to the country of choice for study Module 4, Applied Period in Forest Institutions. Applied Period is an internship and lasts for three months. All the Consortium universities assist students in finding accommodation and offer further support both in practical and academic matters.

The last two courses of the first year are Module 5, European Forestry Field Course, and Module 6, Multifunctional Forestry in Mountain Regions. The European Forestry Field Course begins early May and takes student to a journey across the Europe, from Spain, Barcelona, through France, Germany and the Netherlands followed immediately by Module 6 in Austria. All the travels and accommodation, as well as many of the meals, are provided to students during the Modules 5 and 6. The expenses are covered by the Field Course Contribution.

2nd study year

Module 6 ends by mid-June after which students set off for a summer break. The second year studies are carried out in the Consortium Universities, which are chosen already during the previous spring. It is possible to stay the entire year in one university or split the year in two by studying autumn semester in one and spring semester in another university.

MSc European Forestry curriculum is divided into 8 modules. Modules 1-6 are studied during the first study year and Modules 7-8 during the second study year. Study Guide 2013-2015 (PDF).

MODULE 1: Trends in European Forestry, 6 ECTS. finland

MODULE 2: Sustainable Forest Management in Europe - 19 ECTS. Finland

  • Academic skills in Forest Sciences (1.5 ECTS)
  • Economics of Multiple-use Forestry (3 ECTS)
  • Current Issues in Forest Conservation and Biodiversity (former name: Advanced Course in Forest Ecology and Biodiversity) (3 ECTS)
  • Forest Resource Assessment, Management and Planning (3 ECTS)
  • Silvicultural Management of Forests for Timber Production and Other Ecosystem Services (3 ECTS)
  • Forest Governance and Environmental Policy (3 ECTS)
  • Research Methodology in Forest Sciences (2.5 ECTS)

MODULE 3: Elective courses - 9 ECTS. Finland

MODULE 4: Applied Period in Forest Institutions - 15 ECTS. Austria, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Brazil or China

MODULE 5: European Forestry Field Course - 8 ECTS. Spain, France, Germany and the Netherlands

MODULE 6: Multifunctional Forestry in Mountain Regions - 3 ECTS. Austria

MODULE 7: Advanced courses - 30 ECTS. Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands or Spain

MODULE 8: Master's thesis - 30-40 ECTS. Austria, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands or Spain

Requirements for European Forestry

MSc European Forestry warmly welcomes talented and enthousiastic students from all over the world to apply. The minimum eligibility criteria are good command of English language and a BSc degree in forestry or related field.

Work Experience for European Forestry

No work experience is required.

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