Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR)
The two-year MSc programme in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR in short) gives you the best instruction in the field of tropical forestry in Europe. You work with the growing challenges in contemporary tropical forestry in a global context, and you aquire valuable real-life experience by doing field work in a tropical country.
The programme is offered in English.
During the programme, you acquire international experience and intercultural understanding that make you capable of working with tropical forestry in countries and cultures all over the world.
You become an expert in the connection between the exploitation of tropical forest and nature areas for profitable production that can benefit a local community on the one hand and the preservation of biodiversity and the environment for the benefit of the global society on the other hand.
Sustainable Tropical Forestry is part of the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus programme. It is offered by a consortium of five European universities: Bangor University, Technische Universität Dresden, AgroParisTech, University of Padova and University of Copenhagen. You are required to study at two of these universities. Which one you choose, will depend on the academic profile you want.
Profile and Career
Forests are essential in the global fight to reduce poverty, save biodiversity, develop countries and communities, and mitigate climate change. If you want to work with these issues and to put theories to the test in the field, then the Sustainable Tropical Forestry programme (SUTROFOR) may be what you are looking for.
The SUTROFOR programme offers you the best tropical forestry teaching in Europe. Through an outstanding, research-based education, you gain the required competences for working with tropical forestry issues: a firm theoretical foundation, practical and international experience and openness to foreign cultures. Furthermore you can access the global research networks of the teaching staff when you decide on your thesis topic.
- Provide students with an understanding of the principles and processes that underpin sustainable tropical forestry development, including the social and environmental contexts
- Develop students' intellectual, practical, numeracy, communication, information and communication technology (ICT), interpersonal / teamwork, self management and professional development skills, in a tropical forestry-specific context
- Inculcate the values of scholarship: inquiry, reflection, integrity, open-mindedness, evidence-based thinking, collegiality
- Provide competences in area of specialization during the second year. Available areas of specialization are: Agroforestry systems; Forests and livelihoods in developing countries; Tropical forest management; Environmental management and policies for tropical forests; Social and environmental responsibility in tropical forestry.
SUTROFOR graduates work in companies or organisations dealing with sustainable tropical forestry, development and natural resources, such as for instance CARE or a consultancy company. Others work for NGOs, international organisations like WWF, FAO or UNEP, or in a ministry or governmental agency. Successful students will also be able to apply to high-level international PhD programmes.
The first year of studies will take place at one of three European partner universities (Bangor, Copenhagen or Dresden) followed by a second year of studies at one of the other four partner universities.
The aim of the first year is to provide a thorough and broad introduction to sustainable tropical forestry. The learning outcomes are similar for the three first-year institutions and allow students to choose among all five specialisations in the second year. The first year ends with a Joint Summer Module including field work in a tropical country.
Specialization options in the second year are:
- Agroforestry systems (Bangor)
- Forests and livelihoods in developing countries (Copenhagen)
- Tropical forest management (Dresden)
- Environmental management and policies for tropical forests Montpellier)
- Social and environmental responsibility in tropical forestry (Padova).
You finalise the SUTROFOR programme by writing a research-based thesis. Former students have worked on issues such as:
- Climate change and rural livelihoods
- Government interventions for forest plantation
- Trade chain analysis
- Forest legislation and rural livelihoods
- Participatory forest management