In advanced studies, you focus on field-specific issues and develop your professional knowledge when writing your Master’s thesis and completing courses in your field of specialisation. In addition, the studies include elective courses that allow you to diversify and deepen your knowledge.
The scope of the Master's Programme in Forest Sciences is 120 credits (ECTS). The programme comprises two study tracks: forest ecology and management and forest economics, business and society. These study tracks include a total of six fields of specialisation.
The specialisations forest ecology and management focus on various types of forest and peatland ecosystem diversity, evolution and interactions, how forest organisms respond to changing enviroment, examine the planning of forest use and the relevant collection of information, examine forest inventory models, wood harvesting and logistics as well as the processing of wood into bioeconomy products.
Topical issues include:
Studies in the forest economics, business and society are based on the sustainable use of a renewable natural resource and on the development of responsible business activities in a global environment. The focus of studies is on the globalisation of forest-based industry and business and its structural redevelopment into the bioeconomy and circular economy. You will become familiar with forest policy issues and forest-based issues of the bioeconomy in production, marketing and policy as part of the global operating environment.
When choosing the study track Forest economics, business and society, you learn to work with people, businesses and societies managing renewable resources, with a broad understanding of sustainability and profitability; and learn to critically analyse politics and power in related policy arenas.
Course topics include:
You can learn more about these topics from the research groups pages.
The Forest Ecology and Management study track of the Master's Programme in Forest Sciences offers a very versatile array of different specialisation lines from both ecological and technological point of views. Research groups are responsible for the teaching of these lines and you can learn more about these topics from the research groups pages.
Specialization lines starting academic year 2023-2024:
The University of Helsinki also offers Finnish courses for international students.