M.Sc. European Forestry (Erasmus Mundus)

University of Eastern Finland

Application deadline: 7 January 2014
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The MSc European Forestry programme responds to the increasing number of issues in forest and nature management at international as well as national levels, which provide a whole range of new challenges and demands for policy making and management at the national, European and wider international level. 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


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 Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. The first study Module is organised in Sweden, Skinnskatteberg, where we will take you with a bus. All the travels and accommodation from Helsinki to Skinnskatteberg and back are collectively organised for all the students. All the expenses are covered by the Field Course Contribution, so all you need to do is to enjoy and concentrate on your studies.

Study Modules 2 and 3 take place in Joensuu, Finland, where students spend the autumn semester until 31 January. Yet again, the MSc European Forestry secretariat helps you with the travels and accommodation.

1st year spring semester After Joensuu, students travel to their 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. Sweden

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, Spain or Sweden

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


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 BSc degree in forestry or related field.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79


Erasmus Mundus scholarships of 48,000 and 20,000 are available for students on a competitive basis. Scholarships must be applied simultaneously with the study place.

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