MSc thesis

Last changed: 03 June 2021
MSc thesis presentation

The Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre offers interested and eligible students the opportunity to write their master’s thesis (30 ECTS or 60 ECTS) or bachelor’s thesis (15 ECTS). We offer supervision in the fields of biology and forest management. The following list outlines some of the subjects in which you can do your thesis work, supervised by the staff at our department or by external experts from the private sector. It is permitted to have several supervisors from different institutions and countries.

We have expertise and supervisors within the fields of:

  • Silviculture (including regeneration and forest growth and yield)
  • Forest health
  • Forest ecology, history and nature conservation
  • Forest policy and planning
  • Tropical forestry and seed science

To begin work on a degree project, students need to have a topic and supervisor(s) who will guide the project. Don't be afraid of your own ideas! If you have a project idea, please discuss it with us. But if you don't yet have a precise idea, there are other ways to get started. We are available to discuss your topic(s) of interest and put you in touch with suitable supervisors to help develop them.

We recently adopted a new defence system with four defence dates every year that are open to all stakeholders. Students who have completed their work by these dates have the chance to defend their theses. The opponent is another student, and all students will oppose one of their peers. To pass this course one must pass both the defence and the opposition. This new system has proven successful and many students have acknowledged the benefits of learning how to be a good discussion leader.

For inspiration, take a look at the STUDENT PROJECTS ARCHIVE, of previous master's theses from the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre.
Also check out a  SLIDESHOW from thesis presentation days in 2019.
For more practical information on the application process, course codes and FAQs, please visit the course website.

Degree projects/Independent projects-Informationpage SLU
The degree project (independent project) represents an important part of your study programme. On this and the following pages, you will find information useful to you before and during your degree project.

Partnership Alnarp (only in Swedish)
Partnership Alnarp supports degree projects done by students who has a supervisor and examiner at SLU in Alnarp in collaboration with our members. You can apply for funds trials, analyses and travel, as some examples.
Partnership Alnarp is an organisation for cooperation between the faculty at SLU in Alnarp and the business community, public authorities and industry organisations in southern Sweden.


Johanna Witzell, Director, Researcher
Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SLU, +46 40 415185, +46 70 2950820

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