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Masters Degrees in Forestry & Arboriculture, Italy

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Admission Notice for 2017-2018. now available for students with Italian qualifications - check at www.unipd.it/en/forest-science. Read more

Admission Notice for 2017-2018

now available for students with Italian qualifications - check at http://www.unipd.it/en/forest-science

Deadline for application September 28, 2017

Forest Science

Forest Science is a 2-year Master programme (120 ECTS, equivalent to a Master of Science) providing interdisciplinary holistic and innovative forest education focused on sustainable management and conservation of forest and natural resources

Programme Summary

The programme covers 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.

Forest Science 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 offers two different specialization paths.

Forest and Land Management

This curriculum 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 mountainous Alpine and Mediterranean contexts.

Forest and Nature for the Future

This curriculum 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.

An opportunity for the students of the two curricula to meet and bridge their learning experience is the Joint Summer Module, an interdisciplinary field activity of 1-2 weeks in Italy or abroad, taking place in the summer between the first and the second year, during which students have also the chance to discuss about forest management and forest policy with various stakeholders of the forest and wood sector.

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 responsible forest management and environmental governance in mountainous Alpine and Mediterranean forests. The programme caters for students from a variety of backgrounds, from forestry, agriculture and biology to environmental sciences.

What career opportunities does the MSc provide?

A Forest Science graduated will find career opportunities in public and private institutions, agencies, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations working as planner, designing, manager and supervisor in the field of sustainable and responsible 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. In addition, this high profile education facilitates access to basic or applied research or to doctoral programmes in Italy or abroad.

Scholarships and Fee Waivers

The University of Padova, the Veneto Region and other organisations offer various scholarship schemes to support students. Below is a list of the funding opportunities that are most often used by international students in Padova.

You can find more information below and on our website here: http://www.unipd.it/en/studying-padova/funding-and-fees/scholarships

You can find more information on fee waivers here: http://www.unipd.it/en/fee-waivers

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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 -

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.

More info at: http://www.unitus.it/en/dipartimento/dibaf/scienze-forestali-e-ambientali/articolo/presentazione6

Pre-enrollment application at: http://www.unitus.it/public/platforms/12/cke_contents/769/Pre-enrollment_application_v1.pdf

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