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Forestry and forest products

SV0017 Forestry and forest products, 15.0 Credits

Skogsbruk och skogens produkter

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Forestry Science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent:
- 15 credits in forestry science or
- 15 credits in agricultural science


The overall goal of the course is to provide students with knowledge about sustainable forestry to provide society with raw materials and other ecosystem services.

After the course is completed, the student should be able to

- reflect on differences between forestry systems and describe the ecological, economic and social consequences of these
- explain the principles and apply concepts for forestry methods, its planning and implementation.
- apply basic forest economic calculations
- account for different types of raw material that forestry supplies for further processing, and describe the consumer products produced from the forest raw material and in a general way describe the industrial processes
- identify non-industrial values and ecosystem services in the forest and provide examples of how forest management can be implemented to improve these values
- discuss the potential for future products and values from the forest.


The course deals with how forestry is conducted in the Nordic countries and covers the entire chain from nursery to the customer of a processed product with a focus on raw material production. International outlooks outside the Nordic countries are made, but the main focus is northern European forestry, which is a forestry with multiple purposes. The course content focus on forests and forestry to provide raw material to the forest industry and simultaneously provide a wide range of other ecosystem services.
The course is conducted with lectures, literature studies, seminars, study visits and excursions. Excursions, study visits and seminars are compulsory modules.

The Forestry Science content is divided into sub-areas as follows:

- 6 credits Work processes
- 5 credits Natural processes
- 4 credits Objective, planning and policy

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved oral and written examinations and participation in compulsory parts.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Students with agricultural background are recommended to take on knowledge of basic forestry at a level equivalent to, for example, "Grundbok för skogsbrukare" (Skogsstyrelsen 2021). The course is connected to a bachelor’s programme with a business orientation and students need to be able to understand business calculations based on discounting.
If external funding can be arranged, excursions are carried out in connection with a study trip that is carried out at the end of the course.

Responsible department

Department of Forest Economics

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SH0158
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Business Management (BSc) Agricultural Business and Economics Agriculture Programme - Rural Development Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Forestry Science
Course code: SV0017 Application code: SLU-30150 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Economics Pace: 100%