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Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management MSc in Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management

Do you want to study Forest Ecology at the university ranked as number one in forestry science? Then look no further - this is the Master’s programme for you.
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Forests worldwide play a key role in the bio-based economy; and this pressure to provide multiple products and services is putting forests under increasing pressure. Forests must also be maintained and developed, which requires knowledge of conservation ecology and sustainable forest management. The courses in this Master’s programme cover precisely these subjects, making this the ideal degree if you’re aiming for a career in applied forest ecology, silviculture and/or forest management.   

As a student you will attend lectures carried out in close cooperation with research in ecology and forest management. The courses focus on the northern coniferous forest and you will learn about forest ecology and management of this ecosystem, as well as understand the complexity of issues such as global change and the many diverse roles of the forest.  

After graduation, your specialist knowledge will make you an attractive employee in the job market, qualified to work as a specialist or advisor at a governmental authority, municipality or forestry company. Furthermore, you will be well prepared to continue your studies in a PhD programme.


Name: Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme
Level: Bachelor
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2023

Tuition Fees: Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees.

First semester: SEK 70000
Total: SEK 280000

Application deadline for international students: 2023-01-16
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2023-04-17

Study location: Umeå
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: On-campus
Number of admission places: 20
Application code for Swedish students: 81069
Application code for international students: 81068

Requirements: Admission to the master´s programme Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management,

• general entry requirements: a Bachelor´s degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.
• specific entry requirements: specialisation on 60 credits in one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains:

- Forest science
- Forest management
- Biology
- Natural resource management
- Environmental science
- Soil science
- Physical geography

Furthermore is required knowledge equivalent to upper-secondary school´s course English 6.

Grading requirements: In the above course is required lowest the grade Pass.

This is fulfilled by the one that has a first-cycle qualification from a Swedish higher education institution of 180 credits. For applicant from nordic countries and certain English-speaking countries, special rules apply.

Requirements of specific entry requirements as above can be fulfilled also of them that have equivalent knowledge through foreign qualification or about equivalent knowledge has been acquired in a different way.

Programme is given in English.

For admission to the various courses included in the programme, specific entry requirements defined for each individual course must be fulfilled.

Degree: Degree awarded on completion of the programme Masterprogrammet Skogens ekologi och hållbara skötsel syftar till en generell masterexamen med huvudområdet Skogsvetenskap eller Biologi. Ytterligare examina kan vara möjliga om kraven för dessa uppfylls. Se SLU:s lokala examensordning. Student som uppfyller fordringarna för examen får på begäran ett examensbevis. Till examensbeviset knyts benämningen masterexamen med huvudområde skogsvetenskap eller biologi (degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Forest Science or degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Biology). Degree requirements Degree of Master (120 credits) within the main field of Forest sciences is achieved on completion of the course requirements (passed courses) about 120 credits (credits), of which at least 90 credits at second cycle level with the following requirements: - at least 30 credits courses with specialised study in the main field forest sciences (A1N; A1F), - at least 30 credits in independent project (degree project) in main field of study forest science (A2E). Degree of Master (120 credits) within the main field of Biology is achieved on completion of the course requirements (passed courses) about 120 credits (credits), of which at least 90 credits at second cycle level with the following requirements: - at least 30 credits courses with specialised study in the main field biology (A1N; A1F), - at least 30 credits in independent project (degree project) in main field of study biology (A2E). In addition, requirements of taken Degree of Bachelor, professional qualification of at least 180 credits or the equivalent foreign qualification are set.


Admission: There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 16 January 2023. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


This Master’s programme is aimed at Swedish and international students looking to have a professional or academic career in applied forest ecology, silviculture, or forest resource management. It is tailored to deepen students’ knowledge of forest ecosystems and their responses to management activities and global change factors; and ultimately to develop strategies to attain sustainable forest management.

The programme equips students with a comprehensive skills set in ecology and management. Students will develop a deep and comprehensive understanding of forest ecosystem properties and processes. They will learn how management activities affect the provision of forest products and ecosystem services and acquire a vast set of practical and professional skills needed for evidence-based forest management decisions for achieving multiple forest-use objectives.

Students will practise specific skills and work with tools frequently used in forest-related research and industries, such as data analysis, modelling, problem identification and solving, decision-making, communication, and writing. The programme also emphasises interactions between students, academic researchers, and professionals within the Swedish forestry and land-management sectors and government.

The backbone of the programme consists of four courses in forest history, forest ecosystem ecology, silviculture and sustainable management of boreal forests. These are recommended programme courses and can also be taken as freestanding courses by students not registered on the Master’s programme.

During the two-year programme, students are also able to select from a wide range of elective courses and interact with leading researchers at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, our sister university Umeå University, and the prestigious Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).

The electives are a way for students to broaden their knowledge of forest ecology and management in soil science, hydrology, experimental plant biology, conservation biology, and tropical forest management. They can also develop their skills in using tools and applications such as GIS, remote sensing, statistical modelling, field methods or mapping.

Visit the student pages to find out more and read the syllabus.


Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management graduates are highly competitive in the job market and will have the necessary qualifications for pursuing doctoral studies.

During the two years of the programme, students will learn advanced topics in forest ecology and sustainable management for multiple objectives, practical skills, and professional development. Students will interact with academics, private industries, and public agencies through lectures, field excursions, symposiums, and workshops. As an international programme, we will create an active social network around the world.

Degree awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a Major in Forest Science, or with a Major in Biology.

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