MSc European Forestry studies 2017–2019
The following studies will be available for the students who will start in August 2017.
MSc European Forestry studies are divided into the following three Modules.
First Academic Year
Study Module 1 (12 ECTS) takes place in Joensuu and improves your professional knowledge by offering the following courses:
- Trends in European Forestry, 5 ECTS
- Academic Skills in Forest Sciences, 1.5 ECTS
- Research Methodology in Forest Sciences, 3.5 ECTS
- Global Virtual Seminar, 2 ECTS
Elective courses (30 ECTS)
This is a package of courses offered by the University of Eastern Finland jointly selected by the Consortium to provide you with necessary background to follow any of the available study tracks during the second academic year. You are free to choose among the elective courses, although there are some recommended courses associated with each study track. The list of available courses may vary each year depending on the student feedback and teaching arrangements. You may also choose various online courses provided by the Partner HEIs (see below).
The tentative list of available elective courses during the academic year 2017-2018:
3513028 Advanced geographical information systems, 5 ECTS
3513029 Advanced remote sensing, 5 ECTS
3513144 Analysis of forest economics and policy , 6 ECTS
3513142 Basics of wood material science, 4 ECTS
3513019 Bioenergy markets and policies, 6 ECTS
3513125A Carbon dynamics of forest soils (field course), 3 ECTS
3513125B Carbon dynamics of forest soils (literature exam), 4 ECTS
3513127 Current issues in forest conservation and biodiversity, 3 ECTS
3513040 Economics of multiple-use forestry, 3 ECTS
3513057 Fibrous products, 5 ECTS
3513165 Foresight methods and applications for the forest sector, 5 ECTS
3513152 Forest ecosystem modelling, concepts and applications, 4 ECTS
3513011 Forest zoology, 4–6 ECTS
3513044 Forestry in Russia, 5 ECTS
8020270 Information skills and sources in science and forestry for international students, 1 ECTS
3513135 Innovation management, 4 ECTS
3513149 Intensive forest management and production of forest biomass, 3 ECTS
3513151 International forest governance and environmental policy, 5 ECTS
3513123 Nutrient dynamics in forest ecosystems, 4 ECTS
3513130 Organic and biomass chemistry, 6 ECTS
3513147 Perspectives to bioeconomy, 6 ECTS
3513045 Study tour to Russian forestry, 2 ECTS
3513159 Structure and properties of wood-based materials, 5 ECTS
3513129 Supply and energy use of lignocellulosic biomass, 6 ECTS
8031003 University study skills, 1 ECTS
University of Lleida (Spain):
Forest dynamics in a global change context: drivers, processes and modelling approaches, 5 ECTS
Introduction to Spatial Statistics: Spatial analysis with R, 5 ECTS
Stand to Continental Forest Health Management, 5 ECTS
Study Module 2 (18 ECTS) gives you practical perspective and introduces you to a working life by offering the following courses:
- European Forestry Field Course (EFFC), 8 ECTS. EFFC is designed and implemented by the Consortium after Module 1 in May. The EFFC takes you across Europe through Spain, France, Germany, Austria and Romania. The main objective is to provide you with in-depth knowledge on socially, culturally and economically sustainable forestry in different parts of Europe. Join the EFFC field trip in 2012
- Applied Period in Forest Institutions, 10 ECTS. During the Applied period in Forest Institution (a two-month internship), you have the opportunity to get familiar with working life and project management. Our Consortium universities and associated partner universities and associated industrial and scientific partners are offering these placements. A list of available placements each year will be provided during the autumn semester of the first academic year.
Note! Updated course descriptions (excluding online courses offered by the Partner universities which can be found above) are available in WebOodi (Course catalogues>Faculty of Science and Forestry>School of Forest Sciences>Master's Degree Programme in European Forestry 2017–2018 or search by course number or name) from March 2017 onwards.
Second Academic Year
Study Module 3
Your second academic year is based on Study Module 3 where each Consortium HEI offers a package of specialised courses according to his own field of expertise. Master’s Thesis and Online Thesis Seminar are also included in Study Module 3.
- Advanced Courses, 30 ECTS. The selected advanced courses support the European Forestry curriculum by offering you the very speciality of your chosen second year host university.
- Master’s Thesis and online thesis seminar, 30 ECTS. The master’s thesis. Composing a master's thesis, 30 ECTS, is one of the most important components of the MSc European Forestry curriculum. It trains you to carry out research independently in the field of forest sciences. The goal is to produce a piece of research work that could be published in an international scientific journal. The thesis must be prepared according to the guidelines given by the host university. For further information on master's thesis, please click the Thesis link on the left. All the students also present their theses in an online seminar. This online seminar is compulsory for everyone and you can flexibly choose the timing for recording and uploading your video presentation.
- European Forestry Forum – Job Fairs and Graduation Ceremony. You have a possibility to participate at the European Forestry Forum where the graduation ceremony takes place. All the graduated participants present their thesis to a wide audience of fellow students, researchers and employers. Those graduates who have not yet managed to find employment have an ample opportunity to meet potential employers and network with researchers from all over the world.
MSc European Forestry studies 2016–2018
The following studies will be available to the students who started in August 2016. The Curriculum for the students starting in the new MSc European Forestry Erasmus Mundus programme will be updated during autumn 2016.
MSc European Forestry studies are divided into 7 modules. Modules 1-5 are studied during the first study year and Modules 6–7 during the second study year. Please note that there might be some changes in the structure and content of the Trends in European Forestry Course and European Forestry Field Course if the number of participating students is low.
Note! Updated course descriptions are available in WebOodi (Course catalogues>Faculty of Science and Forestry>School of Forest Sciences>Master's Degree Programme in European Forestry 2016–2017 or search by course number or name).
MODULE 1: 3513066 Trends in European Forestry, 6 ECTS. Finland.
MODULE 2: Sustainable Forest Management in Europe - 19 ECTS. Finland.
3513061 Academic skills in Forest Sciences, 1.5 ECTS
3513040 Economics of Multiple-use Forestry, 3 ECTS
3513127 Current Issues in Forest Conservation and Biodiversity, 3 ECTS
3513027 Forest information Systems, 5 ECTS
3513065 Silvicultural management of forests for timber production and other ecosystem services, 3 ECTS
3513148 Research Methodology in Forest Sciences, 3.5 ECTS
MODULE 3: Elective courses - 12 ECTS. Finland
During the first academic year, students will need to select at least 12 ECTS of Master level courses provided by the School of Forest Sciences. The aim is to allow students to deepen your understanding in one or two areas of interest or to improve their skills in areas where further practicing is needed. You can choose the elective courses freely from the provided pool but must have them accepted by the local study advisor who ensures that the selected courses support your studies. The list of available courses is updated annually and can be seen in the Study Guide.
MODULE 4: Applied Period in Forest Institutions - 15 ECTS. Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil or China
Applied Period in Forest Institutions (AP) is a traineeship that consists of work assignments at an international forest organisation in Europe, China or Brazil. Applied period instructions.
MODULE 5: The duration of the EFFC course is about 4 weeks, and it is scheduled for June. The course is organised by four different partner universities in four different countries. Through group work, discussions and individual reports students learn the topical elements of culturally, socially, ecologically and economically sustainable forest management in different parts of Europe. Supporting lectures, seminars and presentations enhance the learning process.
MODULE 6: Advanced courses - 30 ECTS. Austria, France, Germany or Spain
Advanced courses can be studied in any of the Consortium Universities, except for the University of Eastern Finland. Each partner university offers a study programme within which the students study compulsory and elective courses according to an individual study plan. In addition to courses that are included in the particular study programme, you may take relevant courses from other programmes within the university but only with the consent of the local study advisor and approval from the Coordinator. For more information on MSc EF studies available at different universities, please click the Consortium link on the left.
MODULE 7: Master's thesis - 30 ECTS. Austria, France, Germany or Spain
Composing a master's thesis, 30 ECTS, is one of the most important components of the MSc European Forestry curriculum. It trains you to carry out research independently in the field of forest sciences. The goal is to produce a piece of research work that could be published in an international scientific journal. The thesis must be prepared according to the guidelines given by the host university. For further information on the master's thesis, please click the Thesis link on the left.