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Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) (M.Sc.)

Features

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters programme in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) is a two-year worldclass integrated programme aimed at qualifying graduates for dealing with the enormous challenges in sustainable management of natural resources, namely the challenge of management of forests and nature areas in an integrated landscape context.

This degree programme qualifies the student for an international career in sustainable forest and nature management as well as in the areas of environmental protection and conservation.

Name:
Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA)
Degree:
Master of Science (M.Sc.), Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree
Language of the programme:
English
Standard period of study:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
Winter semester
Admission:
Restricted (Application to the consortium office in Copenhagen)

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Details

As the global demand for forest and nature resources and the pressures on the natural environment continue to increase, the need to ensure the sustainability of natural resources for future generations has never been greater.

This two-year MSc programme in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) qualifies graduates to deal with the complex aspects of the challenges in sustainable management of natural resources.

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) programme SUFONAMA provides the students with:

  • a firm theoretical foundation
  • ability to function on the international scene, and openness to foreign cultures
  • all competencies needed for working as a researcher or in forest practices, e.g. development agencies, consultancies, NGOs, international organisations, ministries, governmental agencies, district forest offices, International business in multinational companies

Related and consecutive/graduate programmes


Structure

The SUFONAMA Course consists of a first year at one of three institutions (Bangor, Copenhagen, Goettingen) and a specialising second year at one of the four other institutions. The students are required to spend the second year at a different university than their first year.

The aim of the first study year is to provide a thorough and broad introduction to sustainable forest and nature management. The learning outcomes are similar at the three-first year institutions and allow students to choose freely among the five specialisation options in the second year. The first year ends with a joint summer module, conducted as a two-week excursion to one of the countries where the consortium institutions are located.

In the second study year , you can specialise in one of the following topics:

  • Conservation and land management (Bangor)
  • Economic management of forests and nature (Copenhagen),
  • Forest and Nature Management in a Changing Climate (Goettingen),
  • Scandinavian and East European forestry (Alnarp),
  • Mountain forestry and watershed management (Padova).

Each specialisation is based on the partner universities’ research strengths. The specialisation includes a master thesis based on research and fieldwork inside or outside Europe.

The SUFONAMA Course thus offers a truly integrated study programme that is already fully recognised in all the participating countries.

You will be completing a total of 120 Credits (C) :

  • 60 C by taking courses at the first year institution
  • 30 C by taking courses at the second year institution and
  • 30 C by writing the Master’s thesis

Students will obtain a SUFONAMA double degree consisting of certificates from both institutions.

Semester 1 (30 C)

Compulsory:

  • International Forest Policy and Economics
  • Monitoring of Forest Resources
  • Forest Management under Different Climatic Conditions
  • Contemporary Temperate Forest and Nature Management

Compulsory Elective (1 out of 3):

  • Bioclimatology and global changes
  • Remote Sensing Image Processing with Open Source Software
  • Ecological functions of wildlife: implications for conservation and management

Semester 2 (30 C)

Compulsory:

  • Forestry in Germany
  • Location Specific Knowledge in Forest and Nature Management

Compulsory Elective (1 out of 3):

  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Biometrical research methods
  • Modern concepts and methods in macroecology and biogeography

Compulsory Elective (1 out of 2):

  • Joint Summer Module
  • Forest research project

Semester 1 (30 C)

Compulsory:

  • Monitoring of Forest Resources
  • Forest Management under Different Climatic Conditions
  • Bioclimatology and global changes
  • Research Planning

Compulsory Elective (1 out of 3):

  • International Forest Policy and Economics
  • Remote Sensing Image Processing with Open Source Software
  • Ecological functions of wildlife: implications for conservation and management

Semester 2 (30 C)

Master’s Thesis

Regulations and module directory


Application

Application deadlines

  • Non-EU citizens: January 15th
  • EU citizens: March 15th

Previous studies

  • Qualifying Bachelor’s degree: Agriculture, Biology, Forestry, Geography and Geoinformatics, Natural Resources, Agrobiology or Landscape Engineering – or an equivalent Bachelor’s degree

Language requirements:

  • If English is not your first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • More information

Further required documents

  • Transcript of records and degree document
  • C.V.
  • Copy of passport
  • a personal statement of motivation,
  • recommendations from two references (only for scholarships)


Application


Contact

Academic Advising

Christian Beuter

Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology
Büsgenweg 5
37077 Göttingen

Tel. +49 551 39 21488

christian.beuter@uni-goettingen.de
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