This programme responds to the rapid growth in the global bioeconomy by providing the core knowledge and skills needed to compete in a rapidly evolving, highly skilled workforce.
The Masters in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MSc BIG) is an innovative and dynamic postgraduate qualification designed to meet the increasing demand for skilled people in the growing global bioeconomy.
The MSc BIG programme responds to the central challenges of the bioeconomy, including: developing sustainable innovation in a responsible manner; identifying and exploiting value throughout innovation ecosystems; and bringing new technologies to existing and emerging markets.
To meet these modern challenges, MSc BIG provides students with a dynamic set of competencies, and knowledge about life science innovation, as highly desired by prospective employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Areas covered by the programme include:
MSc BIG graduates will excel in strategic thinking that brings globally contextualised solutions to practical problems relating to innovation and firm strategy, policy and regulation, collaborative R&D models, and governance and intellectual property.
The MSc BIG programme draws upon real life case studies and the latest research findings from the Innogen Institute. Experiential learning is encouraged, and is accomplished through problem-based group work activities, presentations and interactive seminars, along with conventional lectures.
You will complete five compulsory courses (80 credits) and a selection of optional courses (40 credits), then work on an independently researched dissertation, which can be a conventional academic dissertation or a work-based project.
Basic scientific knowledge is no longer sufficient for building a successful career in the growing bioeconomy. There is a high demand for trained professionals in this area, and this degree is an opportunity to impress prospective employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors with expertise in life science innovation.
You may also choose to continue your studies and pursue an academic career in this rapidly growing field.
The transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and research will give you an edge in the employment market, whatever your eventual career.
Do you want to affect the future of forests, a key natural resource and the wellspring of biodiversity? Have you ever wondered why forests are called the lungs of the Earth and how climate change relates to forests? Or how trees are grown and processed into products in a sustainable and efficient manner? And how are the economy and forests interrelated?
You can find answers to these questions when you study forest sciences. You will come to view forests not only as a setting for jogging trails or as a source of wood, but rather as a source of versatile renewable resources and as complex ecological systems that are closely connected to their environment. The relationship between humans and nature and between society and natural resources is a strong feature of these studies.
The Master’s Programme in Forest Sciences offers a broad and versatile perspective on forests and their use. The studies focus on and apply knowledge in biology, business economics, environmental sciences, logistics, geoinformatics and information technology. As a graduate in forest sciences you will be a professional in forest ecology, the management and use of forest resources, forest bioeconomy business and policy, with ample career opportunities in Finland and abroad.
Come and study forest sciences at the University of Helsinki, in one of the world’s foremost degree programmes in the field. For more information in Finnish about studies in forest sciences, the field of forestry and its opportunities, see http://www.metsatieteet.fi.
Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.
General studies in the Master’s programme provide you with skills needed for the academic world and the labour market. In advanced studies, you focus on field-specific issues and develop your professional knowledge when writing your Master’s thesis and completing courses in your field of specialisation. In addition, the studies include elective courses that allow you to diversify and deepen your knowledge.
The Master's Programme in Forest Sciences comprises two study tracks: forest ecology and management and forest bioeconomy business and policy. These study tracks include a total of 10 fields of specialisation.
The specialisations in forest ecology and management focus on various types of forest and peatland ecosystems and their exploitation, examine the planning of forest use and the relevant collection of information, examine forest inventory models, wood harvesting and logistics as well as the processing of wood into bioeconomy products.
Topical issues include
Studies in the forest bioeconomy business and policy are based on the sustainable use of a renewable natural resource and on the development of responsible business activities in a global environment. The focus of studies is on the globalisation of forest-based industry and business and its structural redevelopment into the bioeconomy. You will become familiar with forest-based issues of the bioeconomy in production, marketing and policy as part of the global operating environment.
Biogenic resources are a central component of a sustainable economic system in Europe. Biorefinery engineers develop, plan and implement innovative, technical products and processes for using biogenic resources economically and in an ecologically sustainable manner.
You will acquire all the knowledge necessary for this from the very wide-ranging technical specialisations covered in the Master’s degree programme Biorefinery Engineering at the TU Graz: this expertise extends from process engineering to chemistry and biotechnology through to energy engineering and environmental engineering. The focus in all of this is on innovation orientation, a close link to practice and also international activities of the students.
Marlene Kienberger, Assistant Professor Biorefinery Engineering:
"The close link with practice and the orientation towards innovation of this degree programme enables students to carry out high-quality, structured research work and to develop innovative systems with a scientific basis to convert biogenic resources into energy and high-quality products economically and with great ecological responsibility as part of a modern bioeconomy."
You can find each of the individual courses offered in the curriculum.
Students have optimal opportunities to prepare themselves for activities in an international environment with the numerous provisions on offer:
This exciting MSc gives you the breadth and background to bridge disciplinary divides and tackle the environmental issues that face us all.
This programme provides up-to-date knowledge of the contemporary issues and debates on the relationships between the environment, nature, culture and society.
This interdisciplinary programme draws on expertise from across the University, especially from geography, philosophy, theology, science, technology studies and development studies, providing a unique critical perspective.
You will develop the research skills and abilities to assess the importance and implications of geographical, philosophical and other theoretical debates which shape environmental policy and practice.
Our graduates are equipped to think critically, to generate new knowledge related to the environment, and to use this knowledge effectively to address urgent environmental challenges.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.
This programme consists of six taught courses, including four option courses, studied over two semesters. In addition, students undertake an individual dissertation project.
Compulsory courses typically will be:
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:
Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.
Graduates have pursued careers in environmental policy, conservation, animal welfare, NGOs (environmental charities and development organisations), public consultation and PhD research.
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