Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA)
Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONOMA in short) is a two-year MSc programme which provides you with qualifications to deal with the challenges of the sustainable management of forests and nature areas in an integrated landscape context.
The programme is offered in English.
During this programme you work with the enormous challenges of balancing the use of natural resources, e.g. for agricultural production, and society’s demand and need for forests, nature and landscapes, e.g. for recreational purposes. You will become an expert in managing the use of natural resources in profitable and sustainable ways and in managing major forest and nature preservation projects.
Sustainable Forest and Nature Management is part of the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus programme. It is offered by a consortium of five European universities: Bangor University, University of Goettingen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, University of Padova and University of Copenhagen. You are required to study at two of these universities of your choice and depending on which academic profile you want.
Profile and Career
The SUFONAMA programme qualifies you to deal with the huge challenges in Europe’s pursuit of an evermore sustainable management of its natural resources, namely seeing the management of forest and nature areas in an integrated landscape context.
You will aquire a broad range of central management tools as well as economic, ecological and social competences. You will acquire a solid theoretical foundation and understanding of the new paradigm in forest and nature management.
You can choose to specialise in Conservation Biology and Land Management, Management of Forest and Nature for Society, Forest and Nature Management in Changing Climate, Forest Management in Scandinavia and the Baltic Region or Mountain Forestry and Watershed Management.
Graduates will gain the required competences for working with sustainable forest and nature management issues: a significant theoretical foundation, practical and international experience and a cross-disciplinary approach. The successful student will be able to apply to high-level PhD programmes or pursue a career in, for example, international and government agencies, district forest and nature offices, consultancy, private companies and NGOs.
The aim of the first year is to provide a thorough and broad introduction to sustainable forest and nature management. This allows students to choose freely among the five specialisations in the second year. The first year ends with the compulsory Joint Summer Module, including fieldwork at a variety of sites, which demonstrate a range of forest and nature types as well as diverse conservation and sustainability issues. The two-week Joint Summer Module field course alternates between the consortium countries.
The second year of the SUFONAMA programme gives the students the opportunity to specialise in one of five well-defined fields:
- Conservation Biology and Land Management (Bangor)
- Management of Forests and Nature for Society (Copenhagen)
- Forest and Nature Management in Changing Climate (Goettingen)
- Forest Management in Scandinavia and the Baltic Region (Alnarp)
- Mountain Forestry and Watershed Management (Padova)
You complete your programme by writing a research-based thesis. Former students have worked on issues such as:
- Impact of the climate on forests
- Forest conservation efforts
- Aggregation of spatial rainfall on flood modelling
- Temporal trends in nature-based recreation
- Quality development of plantations