MSc European Forestry

University of Eastern Finland

Program Description

MSc European Forestry

University of Eastern Finland

MSc European Forestry (MSc EF) is a top class taught Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme (EMJMD) in the field of forest sciences. The quality of our programme is acknowledged by the European Commission, which awarded the MSc European Forestry Erasmus Mundus status for years 2004-2014 and for years 2016-2019.

Our programme is a two-year interdisciplinary programme that provides you academic education in the field of sustainable resource management with special emphasis of bioeconomy. MSc EF offers a new approach to the markets in forestry and nature management and it connects the increasing number of forest related issues with European dimension at international as well as national levels. The objective of the MSc EF programme is to educate professionals who have thorough understanding in sustainable forest bioeconomy as well as in European business culture. The Curriculum is specifically designed to take into consideration the needs of potential employers and our graduates are highly appreciated by national and international agencies, governmental bodies, NGO's, research institutions andtimber, paper and pulp enterprises.

In MSc EF, six European top-class forestry universities collaborate intensively to offer joint study modules in addition to their existing curricula. The MSc EF Consortium consists of:

  • University of Eastern Finland (coordinator);
  • AgroParisTech, France;
  • University of Freiburg, Germany;
  • University of Lleida, Spain;
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria and
  • Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania.

In addition, Associated Partner HEIs in Brazil, Canada and China and Associated Industrial and Associated Scientific Partners contribute to the programme delivery.

Our programme welcomes applications from persons who hold a Bachelor's or comparable degree in forest or related sciences.

Our graduates are internationally valued experts

We have been has been running since 2001, and we are proud to say that our graduates have made exceptionally impressive careers, many of them attributing their career success to our programme! Our graduates are indeed amongst the most sought after in the field by national and international employers alike. The majority of our graduates are currently employed around the world by organisations such as:

  • Forest and nature management agencies and governmental bodies
  • Research institutions
  • Forest enterprises in paper and pulp industries and saw milling
  • Environmental NGO's


The MSc European Forestry Course provides you an ideal opportunity to get high quality education, to network with professional from all over the world and travel across Europe. The two-year 120 ECTS Course is well-organised and students can rely on solid support from the MSc European Forestry secretariat with regard to practical arrangements.

During the two years you'll be spending with us, you'll study at least in two top-quality European universities, participate in an amazing European Forestry field course that takes you across Europe and have a traineeship in a forest company or institution which familiarizes you with the working life. At the end of our programme you will be awarded a double degree which means that you will be awarded a Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degree by the University of Eastern Finland and a Master of Science degree by your second year host university.

First year autumn semester
 All the studies of the first semester will take place in Joensuu, Finland. Studies begin in early August with welcoming and orientation, during which you bond with your new class mates and have all the essential practicalities organised, such as registering to the University of Eastern Finland, opening a bank account and bonding with your new class mates. During the autumn semester you will attend the courses included in Module 1 as well as elective courses.

First year spring semester
 The courses in Module 1 and your elective courses continue in Joensuu until 30 April. After Joensuu,you will attend the European Forestry Field Course. This course begins in early May and takes you to a journey across the Europe (Austria, France, Germany, Romania and Spain). All the travels between countries and accommodation, as well as many of the meals, are provided to the students during the course. After the European Forestry Field Course you will travel to your country of choice for your Applied Period in Forest Institutions. During the first semester, the MSc European Forestry Secretariat has helped you in finding a suitable internship placement in Europe, Canada, China or Brazil. Applied Period lasts for two months, during which you will have a local supervisor that will guide you through the internship and give support both in practical and academic matters.

Second year The second year studies are carried out in one of the the Consortium Universities, which is chosen already during the previous winter.

Tuition fees and Erasmus Mundus scholarships

Annual consortium fees are 4,250 euro for nationals of EU-member states and 8,500 euro for nationals of non-EU member states. The consortium fees are to be paid semestrial basis in advance.

An additional 1,000 euro is collected from students as a field course contribution towards accommodation and some of the meals provided during European Forestry Field Course.

Erasmus Mundus scholarships (34,500-48,000 euro) available.

Start dates and application deadlines Starts in August 2017 Deadline is: 13 January 2017

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 3, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
4,250 EUR
Start date Aug. 2017
Finland Joensuu
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 4,250 EUR
- EEA students; €8,500 for Non-EEA