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Masters in Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Masters in Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management

About this program

MSc in Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management

Do you want to study Forest Ecology at the university ranked as number one in forestry science? Then look no further - this is the Master’s programme for you.

Forests worldwide play a key role in the bio-based economy; and this pressure to provide multiple products and services is putting forests under increasing pressure. . Forests must also  be maintained and developed, which requires knowledge of conservation ecology and sustainable forest management. The courses in this Master’s programme cover precisely these subjects, making  this the ideal degree if you’re aiming for a career in applied forest ecology, silviculture and/or forest management.

As a student you will attend lectures carried out in close cooperation with research in ecology and forest management. The courses focus on the northern coniferous forest and you will learn about forest ecology and management of this ecosystem, as well as understand the complexity of issues such as global change and the many diverse roles of the forest.  

After graduation, your specialist knowledge will make you an attractive employee in the job market, qualified to work as a specialist or advisor at a governmental authority, municipality or forestry company. Furthermore, you will be well prepared to continue your studies in a PhD programme. 

Admission requirements

General entry requirements: a Bachelor´s degree from an internationally recognized university.

Specific entry requirements: specialization on 60 credits in one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains:

  • Forest science
  • Forest management
  • Biology
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental science
  • Soil science
  • Physical geography

Furthermore is required knowledge equivalent to upper-secondary school's course English 6.

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Program content

This Master’s program targets Swedish and international students who aim for a professional or academic career in applied forest ecology, silviculture, or forest resource management. It is tailored to deepen students’ knowledge of forest ecosystems and their responses to management activities and global change factors; and ultimately to develop strategies to attain sustainable forest management.

During the program, students will gain a comprehensive skill set of ecology and management and develop into broadly competent professionals and researchers who

  • have a deep and comprehensive understanding of forest ecosystem properties and processes and how management activities affect the provision of forest products and ecosystem services and
  • have a vast set of practical and professional skills needed to make evidence-based forest management decisions to achieve multiple forest-use objectives.

Students will practice specific skills and tools frequently used in forest-related research and industries, such as data analysis, modelling, problem identification and solving, decision making, communication, and writing. The programme also emphasizes interactions between students, academic researchers, and professionals within the Swedish forestry and land-management sectors and government.

The backbone of the program consists of four courses in forest history, forest ecosystem ecology, silviculture and sustainable management of boreal forests. These courses are recommended to complete the program and can also be taken independently by students not registered in the full Master’s program.

During the two year program, students are also able to select from a wide range of elective courses and interact with leading researchers at theForest Faculty, our sister universityUmeå University, and the prestigiousUmeå Plant Science Center(UPSC).

With the electives, students can broaden their knowledge of forest ecology and management into soil science, hydrology, experimental plant biology, conservation biology, and tropical forest management and/or deepen their skills in specific tools and applications like GIS, remote sensing, statistical modelling, field methods or mapping.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are available for fee-paying students admitted to Bachelor’s and Master's programmes. The scholarships are awarded by SLU and the Swedish Institute (SI).

A scholarship offered by SLU covers tuition fees only, no living or travel expenses are included. You need to pay the application fee even if you apply for a scholarship.

Scholarships awarded by the Swedish Institute are available for fee-paying students admitted to Master’s programmes and cover both tuition fees and living expenses. There are several different scholarships available depending on your background.


For information about tuition fees, please visit the programme page.


MSc in Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management.

Career paths

Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management graduates are highly competitive in the job market and qualified to continue studying in a doctoral programme.

During the two years of the programme, students will learn advanced topics in forest ecology and sustainable management for multiple objectives, practical skills, and professional development. Students will interact with academics, private industries, and public agencies through lectures, field excursions, symposia, and workshops. As international programme, we will create an active social network across the world.

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. SLU's educational programmes give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of...

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Why study at SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

SLU's educational programs give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of fields with strong connections to the UN sustainability goals. Our students are in demand on the labour market and often find employment immediately after graduating.

Teaching at SLU takes place in close cooperation with research. We are the only Swedish university offering professional degrees in the following fields:

  • Agricultural science
  • Animal science
  • Forest science
  • Landscape architecture
  • Veterinary medicine.

The program offering also includes a number of international Master’s programs, such as Forest Ecology and Sustainable management, Horticultural Science, Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being and Sustainable Food Systems.

More than 40 per cent of our courses are taught in English, and 60 per cent of our Master’s students come from countries other than Sweden. At our campuses there are students from around 50 countries.

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SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Arrheniusplan 4
750 07 Uppsala

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