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Forest Science is a 2-year Second Cycle Degree equivalent to a Master of Science. The programme is completely taught in English and is conceived for Bachelor graduates with either forestry, agriculture, biological or environmental backgrounds. It forms high-profile graduates with a holistic and innovative vision, prepared to work on the management and conservation of natural resources at a national, European or international scales.

The Master’s degree proposes a holistic, innovative and international vision on the management and conservation of forests and natural resources. The programme provides a wide understanding of the functioning of forest ecosystems, skills for sustainable and responsible management of forests and rural landscape, capacity to interpret complex socio-ecological systems and to identify innovative solutions for environmental management in line with the major local and global environmental issues.

Curriculum

The curriculum Forest and Land Management forms specialists in sustainable management, conservation and integrated valorization of forests and natural resources. Students acquire awareness and understanding of the functioning of forest ecosystems and skills for the sustainable management of forests and rural landscape, especially in a mountainous Alpine and Mediterranean contexts. 

The curriculum Forest and Nature for the Future forms specialists in the governance of forests and natural ecosystems in the context of issues such as climate change, deforestation, land use change and biodiversity conservation. Students acquire awareness and understanding of complex socio-ecological systems and skills for identifying innovative solutions for responsible forest management in line with the major global environmental issues.

In both curricula, the scientific and technical knowledge are complemented by of statistics, GIS and other mapping techniques, research and project management methods, and by development and enhancement of soft skills such as communication skills and group work capacity.

Career opportunities

Graduates work in public and private institutions as forest planners and managers in the field of sustainable management of forests, natural and semi-natural habitats, land management and protection, landscape management, use and valorisation of forest resources and ecosystems services, nationally or internationally.


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

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