Programme name: Tropical and International Forestry
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc. study focus)
Standard period or study: 4 semesters
Starting semester: Winter and Summer
Admission: limited admission (application to the faculty)
Admission requirements: B.Sc. or equivalent (obtained within a programme consisting of at least 6 semesters) in forestry or a related field (e.g. agriculture, geography)
Language requirements: English (TOEFL or IELTS)
Application deadline: Winter semester: June 15th for applicants from EU countries, March 15th for applicants from Non-EU countries; Summer semester: December 15th for applicants from EU countries, September 15th for applicants from Non-EU countries
Application: Application platform
The M.Sc. programme Tropical and International Forestry focuses on sustainable management and conservation of forest ecosystems worldwide, especially in the tropical and subtropical forests of developing or emerging countries. Graduates of the programme work in forest management all around the world, often in cooperation with international research and development organizations.
Along with the formal course-work, students gain intercultural work- and life-experience by interacting with international colleagues and professors. Experience has shown that personal and professional contact established during this MSc programme is an excellent way to expand the students’ professional network.
Content and Organization
The MSc course is a 2-year programme with a modular structure.
It consists of four different components: compulsory modules, elective modules, an interdisciplinary student project and a Master thesis.
Phase 1: The first two semesters consist of lectures and course work in Göttingen. Forest related knowledge and methods are taught in compulsory modules. With various elective modules students may specialize in some fields of forestry, gain interdisciplinary knowledge by choosing courses from other faculties of the university (e.g. Agricultural Sciences, Biology) or improve professional skills (e.g. foreign languages, soft skills)
Phase 2: During the 3rd semester (winter term) an interdisciplinary student project is conducted abroad. The project deals with a problem specific to the project partner, e.g. agroforestry, reforestation, conservation, forest fires, soil protection. So far, projects have taken place in Chile, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malawi, Laos, and the Philippines. Additionally to the own research activities the organisation of the project and the ability to work in an intercultural context are of high priority.
Phase 3: After completing the project the students usually begin the field work for the final thesis in a country of their choice. Field research usually takes up to 3 months and is supervised by professors and experienced scientists.
The knowledge and experience gained through our interdisciplinary MSc programme ‘Tropical and International Forestry’ qualifies and enables graduates to pursue a professional career in the following fields: international organizations (e.g. FAO, UNEP, World Bank, Asian Development Bank); wood processing industry; consulting and advisory activity e.g. in the field of certified wood, carbon sequestration, or watershed management; research and teaching at universities and international research organizations (e.g. CIFOR, ICRAF, etc.); non-governmental organizations; government development organizations
Advice for applicants: Qualified candidates can apply for a DAAD scholarship. The course is positively evaluated and financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).