Master of Science in Forest and Wood Science


Forest ecosystems are the major terrestrial land resource for biodiversity, i.e. habitat for the majority of plant and animal species and the main producer of wood, the most important renewable resource in both volume and value terms. In addition forests provide a number of indispensible goods and services for mankind, e.g. factors of water conservation and carbon mitigation. Sustainability is a key element in the management of forest resources and hence is also a key element in the MSc study programme. All aspects of this concept are touched during the course of studies, for instance sound management planning for future decades as one of the basic technological toolkits.  

On a sound scientific basis students acquire key competencies in sustainable management of forest ecosystems for various goods and services as well as on forest products, with emphasis on wood and non-wood forest products. Students also acquire the methodologies and competencies to identify, analyse and resolve complex problems in the field of forestry, environment, wood and society. Because of the wide range of subjects (from ecological, engineering to societal) and through the interdisciplinary character of the programme students are well-prepared for a variety of jobs in administration, management, industry and science, on a national and international level. Above and beyond an excellent scientific basis students are capable of critical and creative thinking, working independently and of responsible action.

Semester one is dedicated to compulsory subjects of Scientific Methodology in Ecology and Socio-economy as well as in Technology and Wood Science. In addition a lecture series is offered on prominent topics related with sustainability.  A 2-month internship in enterprises or organisations related to environment, natural resources, forestry or wood science is compulsory component of the schedule.

In Semester two and three students select three elective fields from a total of six, including

1. Timber- Raw Material and Wood Based Products

2. Mountainous Forests

3. Forest Management

4. International Forestry

5. Forest Ecosystems- Soil and Stand

6. Landscape Development and Nature Conservation

In addition they have the possibility to sharpen their own profile and get scientific specialisation by choosing three modules (from a selection of thirty modules).

In Semester four the science-oriented Master Thesis completes the programme.

The MSc degree is awarded when all the module exams and the Master thesis have been passed successfully.


School of Forest Science and Resource Management

Hans-Carl-von- Carlowitz-Platz 2
85354 Freising

Phone: +49 (0) 8161 71-4632
Fax.: +49 (0) 8161 71-4509






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