Study tracks and degree structure

General studies in the Master’s programme provide you with skills needed for the academic world and the labour market. 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 Master's Programme in Forest Sciences comprises two study lines: forest ecology and management and forest bioeconomy business and policy. These study tracks include a total of 10 fields of specialisation.

The specialisations in forest ecology and management focus on various types of forest and peatland ecosystems and their utilisation, planning of forest use and the relevant collection of information, forest inventory models, wood harvesting and logistics as well as the processing of wood into bioeconomy products. Topical issues include climate change, the prevention of damage to forests caused by insects and fungi, the control of game populations, and problems related to the utilisation of tropical forests, application of new remote sensing methods in the planning of forest resource management, the combination of different values and targets in forestry and bioeconomy, various models of silviculture, increased efficiency in logging and transportation, and generating added value in all areas of biorefining.

Studies in forest bioeconomy business and policy 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. You will become familiar with forest-based issues of the bioeconomy in production, marketing and policy as part of the global operating environment.

Studies are composed of required core courses and elective courses. Course topics include

  • Marketing and management in the forest industry: strategic management and marketing, responsibility in forest bioeconomy, customer orientation, innovations
  • Business economics of units within forest bioeconomy, economics of silviculture, forest investment and the economic impact of environmental targets
  • Forest owners’ goals and behavior, structure of forest ownership
  • International forest policy: global processes and trends impacting the forest sector from the perspective of individuals, communities and nations

Specialisation lines:

  1. The management and restoration of forest and peatland ecosystems: the sustainable and multitargeted use of forest, the use of peat
  2. Function and production of forests:
  3. Forest soil science: the biogeochemistry and hydrology of forest soil, soil and root ecology
  4. Forest pathology and mycology:  the microbiology and epidemiology of forests, biotechnology
  5. Forest zoology:  the biology and ecology of forest insects, the ecology of forest pests
  6. Wildlife management: game populations and society, the planning of game husbandry, mammal ecology (Teaching mainly in Finnish)
  7. The ecology, management and use of tropical forests:  methods of tropical forestry, agroforestry
  8. Forest resource management and geoinformatics: the collection and use of forest-related information in decision-making, laser scanning, remote sensing, forest inventory
  9. Forest technology and logistics: the management of forest products, terramechanics, forest bioenergy 
  10. Wood technology: wood science and wood as raw material, laboratories in the forest industry, the structure and properties of wood raw material