European Forestry, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #301 ,
MS 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.


The objective of the MSc European Forestry programme at University of Eastern Finland 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

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 79

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

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.

Admission requirements1. Degree requirements

All applicants should have a Bachelor's Degree in forest sciences corresponding to at least 3 years' of full-time academic studies (equivalent of 180 ECTS credit units in the Finnish university system) obtained at an internationally recognised and accredited university or higher education institution.

Temporary (provisional) degree certificate

A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree. The student has graduated. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate e.g. in case the actual degree certificate cannot be given to the student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or administrative reasons. The temporary degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title/degree the person has been awarded. A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is accepted if it was awarded no more than five years earlier. The five-year validity period begins from the date on which the degree was conferred and must not expire prior to the application deadline. In other words, a temporary degree certificate is not accepted if it was awarded more than five years ago. In such cases, the applicant must present his or her final degree certificate.

Statement issued by the university

In case, the applicant has not yet received a BSc Degree certificate by the admission deadline, a statement issued by the applicant's university is also accepted as a replacement of the actual degree certificate. This statement should include the name of the institution which is going to award the degree, the expected date of issue (graduation), and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate will be awarded. The final deadline to submit the actual degree certificate to the Admission Office of University of Eastern Finland is 31 July.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8500 International
  • EUR 4250 EU/EEA


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