Deadline: May 15, 2017
Forest Sciences • University of Freiburg • Freiburg im Breisgau
|Degree||Master of Science in Forest Sciences|
|All courses are held in English. Participants can choose to take up to four modules from the German-taught Master’s programme “Forstwissenschaften” on a voluntary basis.|
|Admission semester||Winter semester only|
|Beginning||Winter semester – October|
|Programme duration||Four semesters (two years)|
|Application deadline||15 May for the following winter semester for non-EU students
30 June for the following winter semester for EU students
|Course content||Forests play an important role in sustaining human and other biological communities. The MSc course Forest Sciences focuses on the sustainable use of forested landscapes. On the one hand, forests provide wood and need to be managed economically, whereas on the other hand, wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation and other ecosystem services must also be considered. Drawing on the strength and international experience of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, students will acquire the knowledge, methods and skills that are essential for understanding and managing forested landscapes in order to balance these different and sometimes opposing values.
Students can choose between two English-taught elective tracks:
The elective track “International Forestry” focuses on the international dimensions of forestry and offers competencies for graduates aiming to work in a range of fields in whatever part of the world. Students learn about and analyse institutions and processes that influence forestry at a global, regional, national, and project level. They learn to understand ecosystems and ecosystem management systems and discuss concepts how to achieve goals such as climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and poverty reduction. In addition, the management of trees outside forests, for example, in an agroforestry context and the role of agents in this context will be studied. It is best suited to previous graduates of BSc programmes in forest sciences and closely related fields, who wish to work in an international context and also for international students from abroad who seek to expand their competencies and horizons for work in their home country. Given the large proportion of electives and options for MSc thesis and internships, students can tailor this course to their individual qualification and career goals.
The elective track “Wildlife, Vegetation and Biodiversity” covers the ecology and conservation biology of animals and plants. Anthropogenic loss, fragmentation, and deterioration of habitats are the major causes of species extinctions. Direct human exploitation and invasive exotic species add to the current loss of biodiversity, and climate change is posing a new, accelerating threat. Biodiversity conservation is on the political agenda worldwide; conservation biologists provide the scientific basis for this global endeavour. The elective track will focus on forest ecosystems. Forests are the main retreats for many threatened animals and plants; this holds around the globe, from the boreal forests of the North to the rainforests of the Tropics. Therefore, biodiversity conservation is strongly linked to forestry – and no forest manager can avoid biodiversity issues. WVB’s focus is on ecological research in an applied conservation context. Module contents range from theory and research methods to field work. The first semester provides a conceptual basis, introducing the concept of biodiversity, methods in wildlife research, and conservation biology. In the following summer, after an introduction to population and community ecology, students will spend a lot of time in the field, practising vegetation studies and restoration ecology. In the third semester, students can further develop their individual profiles by choosing from various modules, project studies, and special topics.
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Fakultät für Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen, Dekanat
79106 Freiburg im Breisgau
Tel. +49 (0) 7 61-2 03 36 07
Submit application to
Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Dean’s Office
Tennenbacher Straße 4
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