Wood Technology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jun 15, 2021
StudyQA ranking:652 Duration:3 semestrs
The Master of Science in Wood Technology at Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences is an international Master's programme that is offered in conjunction with Bern University of Applied Sciences for Architecture, Wood, and Civil Engineering in Biel, Switzerland. Both universities offer their students practically applicable knowledge via new technologies in an international setting.

The Master's programme in Wood Technology covers the whole range of wood processing and timber engineering. Based on the general subjects within the whole programme, students select one of two fields of studies:

"Management of Processes and Innovation" concentrates on issues of the production and development of wood-based products. Due to the broad field, each student will concentrate further on particular aspects such as automation, production management, product development, material sciences, production & logistics, furniture, etc.

"Complex Timber Structures" (only offered at Bern University of Applied Sciences) comprises all aspects regarding design and construction of wooden structures (in particular prefab houses) and adjacent fields such as building physics. Students focus further on sub-fields such as timber construction, building physics, building services engineering, retrofitting, interior engineering, etc.

Educational organisation

The programme is structured in three main parts according to the semesters.

The first semester comprises the modules "Mathematics & Sciences", "Skills for Management", and "Legal & Economical Aspects".

The second semester contains the specialisation modules.
Rosenheim only offers the specialisation "Management of Processes and Innovation". The modules for this specialisation are "Design & Development", "Advanced Wood Processing", "Energy, Supply, Logistics", and "Enterprise Resource Planning".

The specialisation "Complex Timber Structures" is only offered at Bern University of Applied Sciences. For more information, please see https://www.ahb.bfh.ch/en/home/master/master-wood-technology.html.

In the third semester, the students write the Master's thesis.

This is a joint degree programme.
Part-time studies are possible.

Study abroad unit(s)

Participants spend a one-week seminar in the second semester at Bern University of Applied Sciences in Biel, Switzerland. Further non-compulsory lectures offered in Biel or other universities or at the sites of industry partners abroad may be chosen according to the personal study plans of the students.


None required
For international students without industrial experience, it is highly recommended that you include an industry internship semester after one or two semesters to gain practical experience. However, this is not an official requirement for completing the Master's programme, but it usually presents a very good opportunity to develop a Master's thesis topic with an industrial company.

Forms of assessment

Written exams, course papers, presentations, Master's thesis

Course objectives

Graduates of the Master of Science in Wood Technology have acquired extensive knowledge in wood technology, and possess the competencies needed to deal with practical and scientific issues related to working with and processing wood and derived timber products. This enables them to make sensible business decisions in a world of increasingly globalised competition. In-depth technical and management knowledge, combined with social skills, qualifies them for high-level professional positions, especially within internationally active companies.

Language requirements

All applicants who are not native English speakers have to provide a proficiency test certificate. The following official test/minimum scores are accepted:
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 500
  • CBTOEFL (computer-based): 213
  • Internet-based TOEFL: 84
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): Grade C
  • Cambridge ESOL CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): Grade C/B
  • Unicert Level 3
  • A "good" (or better) in "Technical English" or an equivalent English subject from the former course of studies
  • Medium of Instruction Certificate "English" for Bachelor's studies

Academic requirements

1. Applications are invited from candidates with an above-average Bachelor's degree (at least six semesters) or equivalent certificate from a recognised university in the areas of wood technology, timber engineering, interior engineering or related areas.

2. An above-average degree is considered to have a total grade of "good".

3. If English is not your native language, an English language certificate is required. The required scores are stated under Language Requirements.

4. For admission to the course, successful completion of the entrance exam (in the form of an interview) for the Master's programme in Wood Technology is usually required.

If you are not sure whether you fulfil the admission requirements, please contact us. It will be our pleasure to advise you!

Enrolment fees

52 EUR student union fee per semester

Costs of living

A student needs about 670 EUR per month to cover living expenses, student accommodation, health insurance, and other related costs in Rosenheim. So all together, one should calculate approx. 8,040 EUR per year.

The municipal immigration office in Rosenheim requires international students to prove that they have at least 670 EUR available per month for the desired duration of their stay in Rosenheim. This is a legal regulation for the extension of the initial visa, which is usually only valid for two or three months.

To obtain a visa from a German consulate/embassy, one must prove that a blocked account with an initial deposit of 8,040 EUR has been opened in Germany.

Job opportunities

A limited number of student jobs are available at Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences (e.g., for lab work, research projects, or for other support functions).
For good students, part-time jobs can usually be found at regional companies or in Munich, which is a 35-minute train ride from Rosenheim.
Basic knowledge of the German language significantly improves chances for student jobs.

Arrival support

  • Assistance before the arrival via e-mail and by phone
  • Assistance during university enrolment procedures
  • Introductory meeting at the beginning

Services and support for international students

  • Two contact persons (Head of Master's/Programme coordinator)
  • German courses for foreigners
  • International Office


The Munich Student Union maintains two residential complexes for students directly on campus in Rosenheim. Student rooms for international students are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Room rates are between 170-230 EUR per month. However, room reservations can only be made after admission to the Master's programme in Rosenheim. Information on rental prices and waiting times can be found at: http://www.studentenwerk-muenchen.de/en/accommodation.

Private apartment and room listings are available in online portals such as http://www.wg-gesucht.de/en/.

Further information for international students about living in Rosenheim is available at: http://www.fh-rosenheim.de/en/international/incoming-students/information-for-regular-international-students/living-in-rosenheim/.
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