MSc in Forest and Nature Management

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Forest and Nature Management

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

MSc in Forest and Nature Management

Forest and nature areas have many important functions. They protect biological diversity, provide pure drinking water, produce wood and provide the setting for outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and recreation. Forests are important for the well-being of the entire earth - animals, plants, humans, the climate and the environment all depend on them.

The programme is offered in English.

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Forest and Nature Management, you will be involved in finding a sustainable balance between ecology, economy and society.

You will have completed a modern and international management programme which enables you to develop the world’s forests and natural areas in a sustainable manner.

Excursions and field trips are important elements in the programme and give you the chance to learn about real problems and their solutions.

Profile and Career

Graduates from the MSc programme in Forest and Nature Management are sought-after, and the programme offers plenty of opportunities for making a career in Denmark or internationally.

If you choose this programme, you acquire competences which:

  • Enable you to manage forest and natural areas in a way which does not impact the environment and the climate
  • Prepare you for advising and managing companies engaging in production based on natural resources in a way which offers a financial profit as well as takes the environment into account
  • Enable you to contribute, by means of legislation, to finding a sustainable balance between ecology, economy and the global community’s need and requirement for forest and natural areas

Competence Description

The programme also provides you with knowledge and tools within areas and issues such as for example:

  • Forest biology, soil and ecological cycles
  • Economy, management and the rules and legislation which govern our use of forests and nature
  • Strategic and holistic management, planning and administration
  • Taking responsibility and turning ideas and visions into action
  • Collaboration and conflict resolution.

The programme provides good opportunities for study stays abroad

Career Opportunities.

Graduates from the MSc programme in Forest and Nature Management find employment in both the public and private sectors and can work with forestry, nature and the environment worldwide, for instance:

  • As a head of section or head of division in a ministry, e.g. the Danish Ministry of the Environment
  • As a nature and environmental manager in the municipalities
  • As a manager of nature restoration projects
  • With sustainable management and project management in private companies, e.g. within corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • As a project manager in consultancy firms
  • As a forest supervisor or master of forestry in a private forest or state forest district
  • As a forestry consultant on private forest properties in Denmark and abroad
  • Within research and education at universities and other institutions of higher education

Programme Structure

The programme consists of compulsory courses, thematic courses, elective courses and a thesis. You will also have the opportunity to do internships or go on study trips during your studies.

In your first year, you follow a thematic course which focuses on forest and nature ecology. You learn about the functions of forests and nature, and you use your knowledge to solve real-life cases.

In another thematic course, and as part of a team, you will develop a long-term plan for a selected area.

Six months have been reserved for elective courses which give you the chance to target your programme within the subject areas that you find interesting. You can, for example, develop your competences within economics, tropical forestry, management and communication.

Excursions and field work constitute major elements of the programme. This allows you to learn to solve problems in, for example, private companies or organisations. You can also choose volunteer work, or you can take part of your programme abroad.

Thematic courses

In block 1, your theme is the ecology and operation of forests and natural areas. In this course, you learn about the functions of forests and nature, and you convert your knowledge into practice by studying specific examples from the real world and preparing a plan for future sustainable operation.

There will be excursions and a study trip to help you gain an insight into practical aspects.

Later on in the programme, you will follow the thematic course ‘Forest and Nature Management Planning’.

The course reviews all the knowledge which you have acquired and which you need to combine with a view to preparing a long-term general plan for the management of a given area.
Compulsory courses

During the programme, you must follow the courses:

  • Applied Economics of Forest and Nature
  • Natural Resource Sampling and Modelling
  • Conflict Management
  • Forest and Nature Management Planning
  • Thematic Course: Ecology and Management of Forests and other Semi-natural
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Project Management*
  • Business Development and Innovation*

* One of the two courses must be taken.

These courses equip you with tools to look at issues from many perspectives at a high level

Elective courses

You have six months of elective courses, which is your chance to build your personal profile according to your interests.

You can, for example, expand your programme with more economics, tropical forestry, management/human resources, landscape management or communication. You can take courses at the Faculty of  Science, but you can also follow courses at other faculties or universities in Denmark or abroad.


The thesis concludes the programme. You have six months to complete a project which, for example, deals with a specific area, a company, a theory or a current issue.

You can write your thesis either on your own or in a group.

Once you have completed your thesis, you gain the title Master of Science (MSc) in Forest and Nature Management (in Danish: cand.silv.)

Teaching on the MSc programme in Forest and Nature Management

Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, and there will be a good deal of project work. You will be working both independently and in project groups.

There is a well-established collaboration with the business community that ensures excellent prospects for internships or project collaborations, providing you with a unique experience and a good network.

Study Abroad

It is also possible to study abroad during your degree. You can choose to study abroad for one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time; for instance take a summer school course.

 When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.

Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:   

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:   

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - No tuition fee - EU/EEA