The MSc Forestry and Environmental Sciences course (LM-73) covers a diverse array of scientific focus areas dealing with the analysis and monitoring of forest ecosystems, from both a biological and ecological perspective (forest genetics, forest ecophysiology, vertebrates of forest ecosystems, monitoring soil quality, remote sensing and modeling in forestry, advanced forest pathology). On this basis, students will be taught to deepen further their knowledge on methodological and technical topics related to sustainable forest management (forest biotechnology, silviculture and forest tree cropping, forest management planning, forest economics and policy), and their possible connections with critical environmental challenges of large metropolitan areas (phytoremediation and air quality, soil pollution, urban forestry and hydrology). The training framework is complemented by the development of the necessary competencies for the design of engineering systems for soil conservation and wood valorisation processes (applied hydrology, wood products).
The preparation of the final dissertation is particularly central in the programme course. It allows the students to make the most out of the expertise acquired during the MSc, using a problem-solving approach and carrying out their own case studies the field of forestry, urban forestry and of the management of the mountain and rural environment.
The course consists of four different paths, designed in close cooperation with other Italian and European universities. according to a common training framework, but oriented towards different professional careers.
1) The Forests and Environment curriculum is the main learning path to complete the formation of the forestry professional profile according to a consolidated group of competences, recognised at national and international level. All the courses will be taught in Viterbo. Field practicals and other training activities will be performed in the laboratories and facilities of DIBAF- University of Tuscia http://www.unitus.it/en/dipartimento/dibaf/dipartiment/articolo/presentazione3
Furthermore, the students could apply for a mobility period or Traineeship in Europe, thanks to a wide network of selected Universities and Research centres in the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme.
2) The Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management curriculum (MEDfOR), welcomes students from all over the world (in the last five cycles thanks to the financial support of the Erasmus Mundus - EU programme), interested in expanding their knowledge and competencies in the sustainable management of Mediterranean forests.
According to the course regulation, students will get the multiple degree in at least two countries, by attending all the courses of the first year at one of the three universities where these are held: University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Lleida (Spain), University of Padova (Italy), and the second year in a different partner University and country. As to the second year, MEDfOR students which have been enrolled for the first year in Lisbon or Lleida could choose the MEDFOR curriculum offered at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, where they will be asked to complete 30 credits (ECTS) and where they can work on their final dissertation (30 ECTS). For the admission see: http://www.medfor.eu/. For more information, please contact Prof. Paolo De Angelis - [email protected]
3) The Management and design of Urban Green Infrastructures curriculum (UGI), double degree program in agreement with Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow; it aims to provide students with all necessary competencies in the field of urban forestry and green infrastructures. First years courses will be held at Moscow University, whilst second year courses will be given in Viterbo. All activities related to the preparation of the final dissertation will take place at the labs and the trial areas of DIBAF – University of Viterbo and the PFUR in Moscow.
4) The Mountain Forests and Landscapes curriculum, activated in collaboration with the University of Molise, which is responsible of the enrolment procedures; it aims to develop all the necessary competencies for the large scale planning of the mountain areas, so that to preserve their landscape and to enhance the sustainable development of mountain territories. First year courses will be taught in Pesche (IS), by the University of Molise, whilst second year ones will be held in Viterbo. For the preparation of their final dissertation students could access all the laboratories and trial areas of both universities, in Pesche and Viterbo.
Plants form the basis of life as they convert sunlight into an inexhaustible source of food and renewable raw materials. Plants also have a stabilising effect in (agro) ecosystems, a landscape function and ornamental value. In a nutshell, we cannot do without plants.
The Plant Sciences programme has been designed to help meet the worldwide demand for scientific expertise in the development of plant and crop production and farming systems. It not only covers the technological aspects of crop production, but also deals with important environmental, quality, health and socio-economic aspects. Interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of the programme.
On the programme of Plant Sciences page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.
Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.
Graduates in Plant Sciences are university-trained professionals who are able to contribute to the sustainable development of plant production at various integration levels, based on their knowledge of fundamental and applied plant sciences and their interdisciplinary approach. Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.
Are you interested in crop protection and sustainable agriculture? Are you looking for a research career working in agriculture and related areas? Do you want to do something positive for the environment? Then this is the postgraduate course for you:
The continuing production of safe, wholesome food in an environmentally sensitive manner is a major political issue for national governments and internationally within global commodity markets. A report produced by the UK Cabinet Office in 2008 (Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century) predicts that the global population will rise to 9Bn by 2050 rising from a current estimate of nearly 6.8Bn. This increase in population size will substantially increase the demand for food. The global estimates vary in magnitude, but it is thought approximately 25% of crops are lost to pests and diseases, such as insects, fungi and other plant pathogens (FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation 2009).
The Crop Pest and Disease Management course will offer students training in techniques to facilitate crop food production. The course covers a broad range of topics in applied entomology, plant pathology and nematology and all students receive training in fundamental skills which will enable them to enter either a pest/disease management work environment or a research career in applied entomology, plant pathology or pest management. There is, however, considerable flexibility within the course thus enabling each student to focus on specialist subjects consistent with their interests and future career intentions.
Research projects are available in a wide range of subjects covered by the research groups within the Crop and Environment Sciences Department and choices are made in consultation with expert staff. Projects at linked research institutes in the UK and overseas are also available. The course is underpinned by an extensive programme of research at Harper Adams and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.
A distinctive and integral feature of our MSc is the high degree of input from entomologists, plant pathologists and pest managers in collaborating governmental organizations and commercial biological control companies. This participation takes a variety of forms, including guest lectures, field visits and specific training courses, but may also include providing research projects in their organizations.
Examples of collaborating organizations include, CEH Wallingford, Forest Research, Horticultural Development Company, The International Pesticide Application Research Centre, The Natural History Museum London, Rothamsted Research, and Wye Bugs.
Having completed the MSc you will be able to identify the underlying causes of major pest and disease problems and recognize economically important insects, plant diseases and weeds.
You will also be able to apply integrated pest control methods and oversee their application. The course will focus on the ecological and management principles of pest control and you will learn to evaluate the consequences of pesticide use and application on the biological target. You will also receive training in the evaluation of the economic and environmental costs of integrated approaches to pest control in relation to biological effectiveness. Ultimately, the course will enable students to produce integrated pest and disease management solutions that pay due regard to agricultural, horticultural, social and environmental requirements.
In addition, there is considerable flexibility enabling each student to focus on specialist subjects consistent with their interests and future career intentions
The research project for the MSc will allow you to test hypotheses relevant to pest and disease management research by designing, carrying out, analysing and interpreting experiments or surveys. You will learn to evaluate and interpret data and draw relevant conclusions from existing pest and disease management case studies.
The MSc covers a broad range of topics relevant to pest and disease management and all students receive training in fundamental skills which will enable them to enter a vocational work environment or pursue a research career. There is, however, considerable flexibility enabling each student to focus on specialist subjects consistent with their interests and future career intentions.
The full-time and two year part-time courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan.
(Reaping the benefits: Science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture - October 2009, Royal Society)
MRes degrees can be studied as a stepping stone to doctoral level study or as a standalone qualification for those interested in research careers in industry.
Students spend one third of the course studying four taught modules, and the remainder of their time is focused on an in-depth research project. The courses are delivered in one or two-week blocks throughout the academic year.
We offer a range of MRes titles, which are reviewed each year, and all subjects link in to areas of research that the university is actively involved with. The programme provides:
Completing an MRes will also help you to develop transferable skills in areas such as experimental design, report writing, statistics, presentation skills, team working and critical appraisal.
These awards are strongly underpinned by the university’s excellent programme of agri-environmental research and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.