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Industrial Wood Supply Management MSc in Forestry Science

This Master’s programme prepares you for managing the wood supply chain from forest to industry. It provides hands-on training, theoretical analysis and insight from leading sector experts for both on-site and digital management of raw materials and operations for sustainable bio-based industries.


The forest sector is quickly developing towards a wider portfolio of final products for new markets. From solid wood- to nano-cellulose-based products, the management of raw material supply is dynamic and demanding. Changing climate and markets requires agility and collaboration along the entire supply chain.

In this programme you will learn how to master and develop management of industrial wood supply; raw materials requirements for new industrial processes, supply strategy and systems, and operational management of these systems. Having mastered these core courses, the capstone course involves interactive case studies developing sustainable wood supply strategies for forest industries competing in Swedish geographies. All this while working under different scenarios for increased energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.   

The pedagogical approach for the master's programme is simple. We start with hands-on laboratory and computer exercises which give the basic understanding of industrial and supply processes. After this we continue with theoretical studies to build the insight required for new challenges. After you have both practical understanding and theoretical insight, your learning is topped-off by top-level guest lectures from the sponsor forest companies. 

Digitalization is an integral component of wood supply management because of the large volumes in wood tracking and trading. The programme provides training in both todays state-of-the-art business system solutions as well as use of innovations from machine sensor technology and remote sensing from satellite sources.

This programme is designed to train you for both national and international duties in wood supply management. 


Name: Industrial Wood Supply Management (MSc)

Level: Master
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2024
Tuition Fees: Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees.
First semester: SEK 76000
Total: SEK 304000
Application deadline for international students: 2024-01-15
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2024-04-15
Study location: Umeå
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: On-campus
Application code for Swedish students: 81096
Application code for international students: 81099
Study location: Umeå
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: Distance learning
Application code for Swedish students: 81102
Selection: Högskolepoäng

To be admitted to the Master’s programme Industrial Wood Supply Management, the following criteria must be met:
general entry requirements: first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.
specific entry requirements: specialisation comprising at least 60 credits in one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains:
- Forestry Science
- Forest Management
- Forest Science
- Forest and Wood Engineering
15 credits within forest technology, wood science/wood technology, or equivalent
5 credits geographic information systems (GIS).
In addition, knowledge equivalent of English 6 is required. SLU regulations state that applicants may meet this requirement if they were awarded a first-cycle degree from a Swedish university, or have completed 120 credits at SLU. For applicants from some English speaking countries certain rules may apply.
The specific entry requirements can also be met by someone who has acquired the equivalent knowledge through a corresponding qualification from abroad or in some other way.
For admission to the courses included in the programme, there are specific entry requirements for each course; these are described in the course syllabus.



Degree awarded upon completion of the programme

The Master’s programme Industrial Wood Supply Management aims at a Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with Forestry Science as the main field of study, a general qualification.

Students who fulfill the qualification requirements for the Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) will be provided with a degree certificate upon request. The degree certificate will specify the qualification as Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Forestry Science (masterexamen med huvudområdet skogsbruksvetenskap).

Other qualifications may be awarded if the necessary requirements are fulfilled. See the SLU System of Qualifications.

The programme contains courses that, depending on courses taken and combination with previous studies within certain bachelor programmes at SLU, may provide the necessary requirements of 300 credits in total for the professional degree Jägmästarexamen (Master of Science in Forestry). See the SLU System of Qualifications.

Degree requirements

A Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Forestry Science is awarded to students who have successfully completed 120 credits, of which at least 90 credits are from second-cycle courses, from the required courses as follows:

  • a minimum of 30 credits from courses with specialised study in forestry science (A1N, A1F)
  • a minimum of 30 credits from a degree project in forestry science (A2E).

There is additional requirement of a completed Degree of Bachelor, professional degree comprising a minimum of 180 credits, or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

A maximum of 30 credits from first-cycle courses may be included, provided these credits were not included in a qualifying Degree of Bachelor, or equivalent. All courses included in a degree must be at university level, have been successfully completed and may not overlap/have similar content.


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 15 January 2024. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


More information about what supporting documentation is required: https://www.slu.se/en/education/application-and-admission/supporting-documents/


The programme comprises four core courses, each worth 15 ECTS credits. The first three courses, namely raw material requirements, supply strategy, and operations management, are offered during the first year. The first year concludes with 15 credits of elective courses, such as GIS.

In the second year, the programme starts with 15 credits in remote sensing before progressing to the final core course, competitive wood supply. The programme culminates with the completion of a master's thesis. It is worth noting that most of the master's thesis projects are sponsored by companies.


The programme is designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs and equip them with the necessary skills to become upper-level managers and staff specialists in national and international wood supply organizations.

During the summer holidays between year one and year two of the programme, many of our students work as temporary production or logistics managers. The programme is developed in collaboration with major forest companies in the Swedish forest sector to ensure that training is focused on the skills and abilities required in the current job market.



Meet our alumna Sara

Meet Sara a professional forester who studied industrial wood supply management in Umeå. Listen to her story about her study years, and the use she has had of her education in her work as a business developer at Tunadal's sawmill.

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