SUFONAMA — Sustainable Forestry and Nature Management

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 4.35 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 8.7 k / Year(s)  
84 place StudyQA ranking:3210 Duration:24 months You need IELTS certificate

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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.

Career opportunities

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
A good first university degreeHigh proficiency in English: 1) IELTS score: 6.0 or 2) TOEFL score: 560/IBT 83Strong personal statement of motivationGood recommendations from two references, of which at least one is academicCVAt the time of application, you must supply proof of your BSc degree as well as the required language test. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 560 TOEFL iBT® test: 83

Category A Scholarships

Category A Scholarships for Third-country nationals: Total 48.000 EUR

These scholarships can be awarded to masters students from all countries other than the 27 EU menber states and EEA/EFTA states: Iceland, Lichtenstein, Schweiz and Norway. Furthermore, you must comply with the 12 months rule: You must not be a resident nor have carried out main activity (studies, work etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.

Category B Scholarships

Category B Scholarships for European nationals: Total 20.000 EUR

These scholarships can be awarded to any masters students who do not fullfil the criteria A defined above, i.e nationality requirement and 12 months rule.

Next deadline for application is 1 December 2013.

For both categories please note:

1. You must study in two of the consortium partner countries.

2. If you hold an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, these two countries must be different from the country in which you obtained your last university degree.

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