Tropical Forestry

The Master’s course aims at educating and qualifying executives for the development of scientifically based, innovative and sustainable management concepts directed at natural forests, forest plantations and other wood formations, agroforestry systems and urban green spaces, as well as the control of their implementation and monitoring. Special emphasis is given to flexible adaptability to the changing conditions of the society and the manifold interactions among human beings and forest formation development from a multidisciplinary perspective.

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DURATION:
24 months

Technische Universität Dresden

Location The Department of Forest Sciences of Technische Universität Dresden is located in Tharandt, a picturesque small town surrounded by forests.

Master students in Tropical Forestry are preferably accommodated by the various student hostels in Dresden. Frequently running suburban trains take them to Tharandt within only 20 minutes.

The scientific institutes, lecture rooms and labs are housed in buildings of the former Royal Academy of Forestry, as well as newly constructed ones with modern equipment for teaching, studying and experimenting.

Course focus The Master’s course aims at educating and qualifying executives for the development of scientifically based, innovative and sustainable management concepts directed at natural forests, forest plantations and other wood formations, agroforestry systems and urban green spaces, as well as the control of their implementation and monitoring. Special emphasis is given to flexible adaptability to the changing conditions of the society and the manifold interactions among human beings and forest formation development from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Therefore, the Master’s course is composed of 18 interdisciplinary modules in accordance with the Bologna process. Altogether the two- year course comprises 120 credits (ECTS) structured in three semesters for attendance studies and one semester for elaboration and defence of the Master’s thesis. The modules offered during the second and third semesters contain optional portions allowing the student to identify and follow a particular individual profile. The research plan is prepared to effectively collect and analyse primary data from late third up to early fourth semester. Elaboration and defence of the Master’s thesis complete the course.

The course programme with its various fields of tropical and subtropical forestry is designed to enable participants to acquire qualifications that meet the professional and interdisciplinary methodological standards required to pursue and develop their careers.

Study contents: The course goes beyond complex knowledge of forestry in tropical and subtropical regions. First semester modules include Forest Ecology; Forest Development and Land Use Policy; Inventory and Assessment of Forest Resources; Forest Culture and Extension; Forest Plantations and Agroforestry, and Forest Utilisation.

The second semester modules include Forest Ecosystems, Silviculture and Forest Protection; Economics and Management of Forest Resour­ces; Organisation and Management Systems; Project Planning and Evalu­ation; Tropical Soils, Degradation and Rehabilitation; Management of Protected Areas, Wildlife and Tourism, and complex thematic seminars.

The third semester modules include Management Systems in Natu­ral Forests; Management Systems in Forest Plantations; Urban Tree Management; Integrated Land Use Management at Landscape Scale; scientific working methods and elaboration of the research plan.

Courses are conducted through lectures, exercises, discussions, seminars, practical training, home studies and excursions.

The fourth semester consists of preparation and defence of the Master’s thesis.

Since 2006, the ERASMUS Mundus Programme Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) has been integrated in the non-consecutive Master’s course.

Target group Graduates in forestry science or other related scientific disciplines (e.g., agriculture, biology, environment and social sciences) with at least two years of career experience.
Course language English
Entry requirements
  • Degree (B.Sc.) in forestry science or other subjects relevant to the
  • postgraduate course
  • At least two years of career experience in the field of forestry
  • English – TOEFL: 550 paper-based test (PBT) or 213 computer- based test (CBT) or IELTS (Band 6.0) – certificate
  • Age limit: 36
Degree Awarded Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Course Begins October 2014
Course Duration 24 months
Course Structure tropical forestry_modulshandbuch und struktur
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme 2 months (for students awarded a DAAD-scholarship)
Remarks The Master’s course was accredited by the accreditation Agency ASIIN in 2007.
A two-month German language course begins early August. Applications must be submitted in English.
Institut für Internationale Forst- und Holzwirtschaft
Professur für Tropische Forstwirtschaft
Prof. Dr. rer. silv. Jürgen Pretzsch (Chairholder)
Pienner Str. 7
D-01737 Tharandt
Phone: +49 (0)35203 / 38-31823
Fax: +49 (0)35203 / 38-31820