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Forest Science

Course Description

Admission Notice for 2016-2017 now available

- check at http://www.unipd.it/en/forest-science

Deadline for application April 22, 2016

Forest Science

The Forest Science Master Degree provides interdisciplinary forest education focused on the conservation and management of Southern European and Mediterranean mountainous forest resources.

Programme Summary

The programme encompasses a wide range of subjects. Key course topics are forests and forest ecology, silviculture, sustainable forest management, climate change mitigation, water regulation and related management issues, conservation and management of biodiversity and other ecosystem services, sustainable forest operations, natural hazards, pest management principles and techniques, forest economics and policy, forest governance analysis and conflict management techniques. The programme is based on a multidisciplinary approach mixing theory and field practice.
The learning outcomes are oriented at educating forest professionals able to handle complex problems dealing with the conservation, sustainable management and use of Southern European and Mediterranean mountainous forest resources.
The programme has close links with other international Forest Schools as well as with international forest and environmental organizations like FAO, EFI, WWF and CIFOR, IUCN and IUFRO. Staff of these institutions and organisations make regular contribution to the course, especially supporting the preparation of thesis work.
The programme participates to three Erasmus Mundus Consortia for Master degrees, namely SUTROFOR, SUFONAMA and MEDfOR, respectively on management of tropical, temperate and Mediterranean forests.
The programme is completely taught in English.

How is the programme organised?

Forest Science is a 2-year Master programme (120 ECTS, equivalent to a Master of Science) encompassing 3 curricula of studies:
Forest Science Curriculum, which focuses on the more traditional forest science disciplines. This curriculum prepares students for the understanding and solving of most of the challenges concerning sustainable forest management of close-to nature continuous cover forests and of plantations.Land and forest conservation Curriculum, which focuses on managing silvicultural systems and planning soil conservation and is strengthened by a robust insight into environmental services, geology, watershed and natural dynamics of rivers. The overall sustainability of anthropic actions is the focus point of the curriculum.
Responsible production of goods and services Curriculum, which focuses on environmental and social concerns connected with forest resource use and management. This curriculum prepares students for the understanding and application of a wide range of economic-, policy- and governance-based tools and approaches for adopting responsible solutions in the production and commercialisation of forest goods and services

The curricula share lectures of common interest and join during a field module at the end of the first year. Requirements for graduation include courses and preparation and defense of the Master thesis. Students will be encouraged to spend a period of their studies abroad, through Erasmus+ or other local programmes and agreements. Financial support to meet part of the cost for thesis field work is granted to best students.
Visit the MSc “Forest Science” page on the Università di Padova web-site (http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/en/forest-science-1) for more details.

Teaching methods

Teaching takes place in an international environment and is based on class engagement, problem-solving approach and case study assessment.
Lectures, seminars and independent learning are supported by field practicals, laboratory work and forest visits.
Examinations are written or oral and assess students’ participation also through reports, presentations, and group work.

Who is the MSc candidate?

The course is intended for highly-motivated national and international students and is conceived for Bachelor graduates with a main interest in mountain Mediterranean forests. The programme caters for students from a variety of backgrounds, from biology, forestry and environmental sciences to geography.

What career opportunities does the MSc provide?

The Study programme is designed to meet occupational demand arising from the mountain Southern European and Mediterranean regions, where fragile environments and specific rural socio-economic conditions require special skills into the management of forest resources and their sustainable use.
Graduates can find jobs at post graduate level in public forest administration, local development agencies, NGOs, Parks authorities and forest enterprises both in the EU and abroad. The programme is also a stepping stone towards post graduate research and has already produced qualified scientists in the fields of forest science and natural resource management.

Visit the Forest Science page on the University of Padova website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A successful applicant for admission to this MSc must hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) qualification that guarantees essential skills in forest and agricultural sciences and related subjects; other backgrounds can be considered, based on individual application. Fluency in English (minimum B2 level) is also required

Course Fees

Indicatively from 600 to 2,500 € per year

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