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Forest Bioeconomy MSc with a major in Bioeconomy Management

Do you want to explore the forest's key role in a sustainable bioeconomy? Gain expert knowledge about the forest industry and its sustainability potential. The master's programme in forest bioeconomy opens doors to careers in forestry, consulting, and more.


This programme is designed for students with a social or natural sciences background who wish to enhance their knowledge about the role of forests in sustainable development towards a bioeconomy. The programme covers the entire forest value chain, from wood to finished products, and how they can help contribute to sustainable development for society.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the forest sector, including its products, processes, and systems. With your unique combination of business and economic studies, sustainability, and forestry expertise, you will play a significant role in shaping the future of society, where knowledge of sustainability is highly valuable.

You will study the programme at the campus in Uppsala. You will have the opportunity to learn from other students on different programmes, which will help you gain insights into multiple areas.

As a student at the program you have the opportunity to apply, in competition, to the exchange program TRANSFOR-M for your second year of program studies. Within TRANSFOR-M, you have the opportunity to study for a year at one of three partner universities; University of British Columbia, University of Alberta or Lakehead University. After completing your studies, you meet the requirements to apply for a double degree, one from SLU and one from the Canadian university.


Name: Forest Bioeconomy (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 68500
Total: SEK 274000

Application deadline for international students: 2024-01-15
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2024-04-15

Study location: Uppsala
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: On-campus
Application code for Swedish students: 81097
Application code for international students: 81098

Selection: Högskolepoäng


To be admitted to the Master’s programme Forest Bioeconomy, the following criteria must be met:
general entry requirements: first-cycle (Bachelor’s) qualification comprising a minimum 180 credits or equivalent degree from a higher education institution abroad;
specific entry requirements: a minimum of 60 credits from specialist study within one of the following subjects or main fields of study:

- Forestry Science
- Forest Science
- Forest Management
- Agricultural Science
30 credits in Economics and Business Administration, including at least 15 credits in Business Administration
In addition, knowledge equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6 is required. This requirement is met by those holding a Degree of Bachelor (180 credits) from a Swedish higher education institution. There are specific rules for applicants from certain English-speaking countries.
The specific entry requirements stated above can also be met by someone who has obtained equivalent knowledge through a corresponding qualification from abroad, or in some other way.
There are specific entry requirements for each course included in the programme. These are described in the relevant course syllabus.


Degree awarded upon completion of the programme

The Master’s (120 credits) programme Forest Bioeconomy leads to a Degree of Master of Science (M.Sc) with a major in Bioeconomy Management. A Degree of Master is a general qualification.
Students who fulfil the qualification requirements for a Degree of Master (120 credits) in the main field of study will be issued a degree certificate on request. The degree certificate will specify the qualification as Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Bioeconomy Management.

Other qualifications may be awarded provided that the requirements for them are fulfilled (see the SLU local System of Qualifications).

The programme contains courses which, depending on choice of courses and combination with previous studies in forestry at first-cycle level, may enable students to fulfil the requirements for the professional qualification Degree of Master of Science in Forestry, 300 credits. The outcomes for a Degree of Master of Science in Forestry are stipulated in the Ordinance for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The requirements for a Degree of Master of Science in Forestry are defined in SLU’s system of qualifications.

Degree requirements

A Degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) with a major in Bioeconomy Management 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 Bioeconomy Management (A1N, A1F)
  • a minimum of 30 credits from a degree project in Bioeconomy Management (A2E).

Additionally, students must have successfully completed a Degree of Bachelor, a professional qualification comprising a minimum of 180 credits, or have an equivalent qualification from abroad.

The Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) may contain a maximum of 30 credits from first-cycle courses, provided these credits were not included in a Degree of Bachelor or its 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. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


Throughout this programme, you will be trained to lead and organise processes that aim to implement sustainability, circularity, and bioeconomy within the forest sector. In the first year, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the global forest sector, business studies such as marketing and value chains, and some economics such as markets and market functions. Additionally, you will acquire knowledge about the properties of wood material and the potential for innovation.

In the following year, you will deepen your understanding of bioeconomy in a global context, sustainability, sustainability reports, as well as research methods. During the Master's thesis, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge, abilities, and approach within the main area and further enhance your understanding of a specific subject.

You also have the freedom to study courses outside of the proposed framework schedule, either at SLU or another university in Sweden or abroad. There are many excellent opportunities for exchange studies at one of SLU's partner universities worldwide.


Combining forestry expertise with knowledge in bioeconomy, especially focusing on sustainability and circularity, opens up numerous job opportunities. These job opportunities can be found in various sectors such as consulting firms, forest-based industrial companies, banks and insurance companies, government authorities, interest groups, and certification companies. Furthermore, this programme equips you with the necessary skills for further studies in economic subjects.

The programme includes courses that can be used as the foundation for fulfilling the requirements for the professional forester's degree, depending on the courses you choose and your previous studies at the bachelor's level.


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