European Forestry, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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Master of Science in European Forestry (MSc EF) is a two-year interdisciplinary programme at the University of Eastern Finland that provides academic education in the field of sustainable resource management with special emphasis of bio-economy. MSc EF offers a new approach to the markets in forestry and nature management and it connects the increasing number of forest related issues with European dimension at international as well as national levels.
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The objective of the MSc European Forestry programme is to educate professionals who have thorough understanding in sustainable forest bio-economy as well as in European business culture. The Curriculum is specifically designed to take into consideration the needs of potential employers and our graduates are highly appreciated by national and international agencies, governmental bodies, NGO's, research institutions and timber, paper and pulp enterprises.

In MSc EF, six European top-class forestry universities collaborate intensively to offer joint study modules in addition to their existing curricula. The MSc EF Consortium consists of:

  • University of Eastern Finland (coordinator)
  • AgroParisTech, France
  • University of Freiburg, Germany
  • University of Lleida, Spain
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria
  • Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania.

In addition, Associated Partner HEIs in Brazil, Canada and China and Associated Industrial and Associated Scientific Partners contribute to the programme delivery.

Programme Structure

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

During the two years you'll be spending with us, you'll study at least in two top-quality European universities, participate in an amazing European Forestry field course that takes you across Europe and have a traineeship in a forest company or insitution which familiarizes you with the working life. At the end of our programme you will be awarded a double degree which means that you will be awarded a Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degree by the University of Eastern Finland and a Master of Science degree by your second year host university.

First year autumn semester
All the studies of the first semester will take place in Joensuu, Finland. Studies begin in early August with welcoming and orientation, during which you bond with your new class mates and have all the essential practicalities organised, such as registering to the University of Eastern Finland, opening a bank account and bonding with your new class mates. During the autumn semester you will attend the courses included in Module 1 as well as elective courses.
First year spring semester
The courses in Module 1 and your elective courses continue in Joensuu until 30 April. After Joensuu, you will attend the European Forestry Field Course. This course begins in early May and takes you to a journey across the Europe (Austria, France, Germany, Romania and Spain). All the travels between countries and accommodation, as well as many of the meals, are provided to the students during the course. After the European Forestry Field Course you will travel to your country of choice for your Applied Period in Forest Institutions. During the first semester, the MSc European Forestry Secretariat has helped you in finding a suitable internship placement in Europe, Canada, China or Brazil. Applied Period lasts for two months, during which you will have a local supervisor that will guide you through the internship and give support both in practical and academic matters.
Second year
The second year studies are carried out in one of the the Consortium Universities, which is chosen already during the previous winter.

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Academic Requirements

Minimum eligibility criteria

  • Bachelor's degree in forestry or related field with good grades issued by an internationally recognised university. Eligible applicant must have considerable academic knowledge in forest management.
  • Good command of English language. TOEFL IbT 79 / PbT 550 or IELTS 6.0.

The English language test is not required for applicants who have

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree conducted in English language. A certificate from the university stating that the language of instruction during the BSc studies has been English is required.


  • Secondary education conducted in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8500 International
  • EUR 4250 EU/EEA


Scholarships and grants

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarships are available for students on a competitive basis. Scholarships must be applied simultaneously with the study place and can conveniently be done with the same application form. These scholarships will include student participation costs (including the consortium fees and full insurance coverage), a contribution to student travel and installation cost and a subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme. Details on the EMJMD student scholarship amounts are given in the programme web site.

Accepted self-paying students who are not Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders can apply for Erasmus+ traineeship grant (300-350 EUR per month) for the applied period and Erasmus+ grant for studies (200-250 EUR per month) for conducting studies in one of the MSc EF partner universities outside Finland during the second academic year in case these have not been used already before for another Master's degree. More information and instructions how to apply for these will be shared during the first academic year.

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