Forest science Second cycle degree

Admission notice for candidates with an Italian qualification

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Class: LM-73 - Environmental and forestry sciences

Duration: 2 years

Branch: Legnaro

Language: English


Open access with admission requirements

Number of non-EU students resident abroad: 20

of which Chinese ("Marco Polo" Programme): 2

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Brief overview of the course

Characteristics and objectives
Forest Science is a 2-years Second Cycle Degree (120 ECTS), equivalent to a Master of Science. The programme is completely taught in English and is conceived for Bachelor graduates with either forestry, agriculture, environmental or biological backgrounds. It forms high-profile graduates with a holistic, innovative and international vision on the management and conservation of natural resources.
Forest Science offers two different specialization paths.
The curriculum Forest and Land Management forms specialists in sustainable management, conservation and integrated valorisation of forests and natural resources and is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to forestry. Subjects taught include applied ecology and functioning of natural ecosystems, management of wildlife and insects, biotic and abiotic disturbances and related mitigation tools, applied forestry and forest operations, forest pathology, bio-economy and resource valorization, hydrology, fluviomorphology, integrated management of erosion in steep slopes of mountainous areas. Students acquire awareness and understanding of the organization of forest and mountain ecosystems and skills for sustainable management of forests and rural landscape, especially in an Alpine and Mediterranean environment.
The curriculum Forest and Nature for the Future forms specialists in governance of forests and natural ecosystems in the context of international issues such as climate change, deforestation, land use change and biodiversity conservation. Subjects taught include dynamics of natural ecosystems and climate change, natural habitat management, forestry, forest planning and operations in fragile environments, production, evaluation and enhancement of ecosystem services also with participatory approaches, international forestry policy, conflict management, corporate social responsibility, forest certification. Students acquire capacity to interpret complex socio-ecological systems and to identify innovative solutions for responsible forest management in line with the major global environmental issues.
Teaching in Forest Science is based on problem-solving approaches aimed at developing sound operational skills. Lectures, seminars and independent learning are supported by field practicals, laboratory work and forest visits. A unifying moment for the two curricula is the Joint Summer Module, an interdisciplinary field activity taking place in the summer between the first and the second year, during which students have the opportunity to meet different stakeholders of the forest-wood sector and discuss issues of forest management and policy. Achievements of all-round learning competences is guarantee by courses of statistics, GIS and other mapping techniques, research and project management methods, and soft skills such as communication and group work.
Learning in Forest Science occurs in an international and multicultural environment, as the programme participates to three Erasmus Mundus Consortia for Master double degrees, namely SUTROFOR, SUFONAMA and MEDfOR and has close links with other international Forest Schools as well as with international forest and environmental organizations like EFIMed FAO, EFI, WWF and CIFOR.

Occupational opportunities
Thanks to the added value provided by the active, integrated, multidisciplinary and multicultural learning environment, a Forest Science graduate acquires the flexibility needed to work in different geographic and socio-economic contexts and to meet the demand of an increasingly complex and global labour market.
A Forest Science graduate can thus be profitably employed with planning, programming, management and supervision tasks in public bodies, public and private agencies, companies and governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of sustainable forest and natural resource management, in natural and semi-natural habitats conservation, in land and landscape protection, in forest resources and ecosystem services use and valorization at national and international levels. Forest Science education also gives access to further postgraduate academic career in PhD programmes in basic and applied research at Italian, European or extra-European levels.

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