Forests and other wooded land constitute almost 40% of Norway`s land area. Few other countries in Europe have more forest area per capita. Forests are a renewable resource, providing timber, areas for outdoor recreation and tourism, and habitat for a huge number of plant and animal species. Globally, forests play an important role in questions related to climate and human living conditions.
A candidate who has completed the education is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in competence, knowledge and skills:
- Should be able to work with interdisciplinary questions and processes regarding forest management at different levels.
- Should be able to analyze and synthesize knowledge from disciplines such as resource assessment, silviculture, economy, wood technology and multiple use of forests, and in this way be able to perform advanced work tasks and independent research.
- Should be able to communicate and cooperate across disciplines, and contribute to balancing conflicting interests.
- Should have broad overview and advanced knowledge on different disciplines within forest management.
- Should be able to develop sustainable and multidisciplinary solutions balancing economic, environmental and social aspects of forest management.
- Should be able to analyze and synthesize knowledge from disciplines such as forest ecology, silviculture, resource assessment, forest operations, economy, wood technology and multiple use in forests.
- Should be able to use knowledge from silviculture, economy and wood technology as basis to understand other disciplines.
- Should be able to evaluate different silviculture management options and related planning processes.
- Should be able to plan and lead operational as well as strategic activities related to use and management of forest areas and resources.
- Should be able to analyze and critically assess different information sources, both written and oral, and use these to structure and formulate arguments and to reason in a professional manner.
Qualifications after graduation:
Masters in Forest Sciences are qualified for positions in forestry and forest industry. Graduates with this degree can also get positions in public administration, and may apply for Ph.D. studies. Candidates may also work in international organizations dealing with questions related to development aid and climate.
Contents and structure:
The following subjects are compulsory: Forest Planning (SKOG300, 10 ects), Scientific Method, Multiple Use of Forests (SKOG302, 10 ects) and Psychology of Organisation and Leadership (AOS230, 5 ects). Furthermore, the degree requires a minimum of 20 ects in certain other forest science subjects, to attain specialisation in Silviculture, Wood Technology, Forest Economics, Bio Energy or Forest Engineering. (For the time being, specialisation in Forest Engineering requires a period of study abroad). Courses on 200 and 300 level that support the chosen specialisation are recommended, provided that they were not already included in the Bachelor degree. The program is concluded with the Master thesis, 30 ects. There are special requirements for students admitted with other Bachelor degrees than Forest Sciences. Prior to their graduation as Masters of Forest Sciences they must have passed: SKOG250 Forest Management - Interdisciplinary Analysis (10 ects), and at least 15 ects among the following courses: SKOG205 Resource Mapping and Inventory (5 ects), SKOG210 Forest Products and Wood Technology (10 ects), SKOG220 Treatment and Production of Forest Stands (15 ects), SKOG230 Resource Economics and Planning in Forestry (10 ects), SKOG240 Forest engineering and logistics (10 ects), or equivalent courses.
Evaluation methods include both continuous assessment of written assignments, reports, student presentations etc, and final oral and written examinations. The Master`s thesis is also subject to an oral presentation and discussion with supervisor and an external examiner present.
Cooperation with other institutions:
The department is cooperating with the Norwegian Institute of Forest and Landscape and other departments at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
Arrangements, incoming exchange students:
The department has exchange agreements with several foreign universities: University of Eastern Finland, Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland; Wageningen University, Nederland; Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain; Universidad de Lleida, Spain; Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Albert Ludwig University Freiburg, Germany; Technische Universität Munchen, Germany; University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Wien, Germany; ISARA Lyon, Brazil; University of Minnesota, USA; Lincoln University, New Zealand; Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia; The Agricultural University of Iceland, Iceland; Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland; and Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry, Czech Republic. In addition, the international office of UMB has agreements with several universities outside of Europe.
Bachelor`s degree in Forest Sciences or similar degree, for example agriculture, environment, life sciences, biotechnology, management of nature resources, economics, or engineering. The student`s background may restrict freedom of choice in the master study. Applicants must have obtained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in their degree.
The teaching methods include lectures, problem-based teaching, group and project assignments, assignments, seminars, excursions. Contact with the line of business is encouraged. Arrangements are made for agreements with businesses and organisations in forestry and the forestry business about project assignments, guest lectures and business visits.
There is a considerable freedom of choice within the study program, and the students may plan for studies abroad for one semester.