Master in Forest Ecology and Silviculture

Latvia University of Agriculture

Program Description

Master in Forest Ecology and Silviculture

Latvia University of Agriculture

Master in Forest Ecology and Silviculture

The use and further processing of forest and timber resources play the main role in the economics of Latvia. Forestry is the third biggest branch of the Latvian national economy, and is the second biggest producing branch, which continuously develops. As evidence for this development could be mentioned the increasing number of timber export, which in 2011 comprised 18% of the total state export and 6% of gross domestic product. Moreover forestry is the only branch which has a positive export balance. The use of forest resources is regulated in a way to observe sustainable and non-impoverishing forest management principles. It is supervised by the forestry branch specialists – graduates of the Forestry Faculty.

The Forest Faculty is the only higher education establishment in Latvia, which offers education in the forestry – knowledge about forest management and wood products, their production and sale. Distance probing laboratory has been established within the Faculty, and it is a modern forest evaluation laboratory in Latvia. The Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Institute has been established in cooperation with the Faculty; it implements the integration of education, science and industry, thus fostering the growth of forestry branch in Latvia.

Tuition fee per year: 3100Eur

Dear applicant! - you need to take into consideration following payments:

  • application fee of 155,00EUR (single non-refundable payment)
  • accommodation rental fee of 120,00 EUR per month (non-refundable) + deposit in amount of two further months rent (refundable)
  • tuition fee regarding the chosen study program (refundable, if visa has been rejected).

All payments made to the University, must be approved by sending an electronic copy of the bank confirmation of payment to International Cooperation Centre.

Study Plan

Obligatory courses

1.1. Speciality courses in general - totally 19,5 ECTS:

  • 1. Forest Policy
  • 2. Forest Ecology
  • 3. Forest Geographic
  • 4. Wood Science Advanced Course
  • 5. Forest Valuation
  • 6. Research Methodology
  • 7. Forestry Strategy of the European Union

1.2. Special courses - totally 30,0 ECTS:

Taught courses and a list of the learning plan provides Department were Master specializes

  • 1. Forestry
  • 2. Protection of species and biotypes
  • 3. Monitoring of biologically valuable ecosystems
  • 4. Environmental
  • 5. Increasescience
  • 6. Assessment of environmental impact
  • 7. Forest taxation
  • 8. Planning and environmental impact of ecotourism
  • 9. Management of wet-woods
  • 10. Scientific terminology of forest botany
  • 11. Moss flora of Latvia
  • 12. Plantations of short rotation periods and fuelwood
  • 13. Logistics of forest exploitation
  • 14. Use of wood-pulp in power industry
  • 15. Principles of Forests Science
  • 16. Principles of Tree Adaptation

Obligatory voluntary study courses - totally 25,5 ECTS:

  • 1. English or German for Master Students
  • 2. Philosophy of Science
  • 3. Application of Mathematical Methods
  • 4. Research practice I
  • 5. Research practice II

Free choice - totally 7,5 ECTS:

  • 1. Free Choice

Master’s thesis development and defense – 37,5 ECTS:

  • 1. Master's Thesis I
  • 2. Master's Thesis II
  • 3. Master's Thesis III
  • 4. Master's Thesis IV

Total: 120,00

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
2 years
Full time
3,100 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Latvia Jelgava
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Duration 2 years
Price 3,100 EUR