M.Sc. Forest and Ecosystem Sciences (FES)
Looking at the forest and forest ecosystem from various perspectives: ecosystem analysis and modelling, ecosystem sciences and tropical and international forestry – you can specialize in one of these three study tracks as your individually chosen forestry topic . The curriculum provides hands-on approaches to tackle important current issues such as global warming, climate change, change of land use, species loss and treats to biodiversity. In the ecosystems analysis and modelling study track the focus is on an in-depth training in advanced programming, data analysis as well as theoretical ecology and practical conservation management. In the ecosystem sciences study track the students receive a research-based training on terrestrial ecosystems function from molecules to landscape level and laboratory methods in ecosystems sciences. In the tropical and international forestry study track, the students learn all about sustainable management of tropical and international forests including an international excursion where the students development jointly an interdisciplinary management plan on-site. Throughout their studies, students will take part in cutting-edge research activities on these topics in an interdisciplinary and international environment.FES-Students share their impressions and expericences in this video-clip.
***DAAD EPOS Scholarship Program | Study track TIF only*** You may apply for our M.Sc. Program Forest and Ecosystem Sciences, study track: Tropical and International Forestry including a DAAD EPOS scholarship.
Application Closing Date: 31.10.
Applications have to be submitted via the application portal of the study program on the faculty's website (see section "Application and admission").
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Master scholarships by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
You may apply for our M.Sc. Program Forest and Ecosystem Sciences, study track: Tropical and International Forestry including a DAAD EPOS scholarship. Application Closing Date: 31.10. Applications have to be submitted via the application portal of the study program on the faculty's website (see section "Application and admission").more...
Within the 2-years M.Sc. programme Forest and Ecosystem Sciences students complete a total of 120 ECTS – 90 credits by taking courses and 30 credits by writing the Master’s thesis. The curriculum comprises a variety of compulsory modules (60-66 C) and additional 24-30 credits need to be covered by taking elective modules. Students may chose in this section from specific elective modules offered by our faculty, from other study-relevant subjects, or they may take compulsory modules of the other FES study tracks for their electives. Also key-competencies and language courses are included in the programme structure of FES. In addition, students can extend their course of studies thanks to a large set of options, internships and international visits. All three study tracks include a specific study project, usually conducted in small groups of students. This rather new degree programme started in winter term 2020 and qualifies the student for an international career in forest and ecosystems management as well as in the areas of environmental protection and conservation or development collaboration. Graduates may also start a scientific career, work in IT-related areas or planning and consultancy offices.
Ecosystem Analysis and Modelling (EAM)
By understanding methods of ecosystem analysis and modelling, students will be able to analyze complex systems, e.g., regarding the consequences of climate change and of new ecosystem regulation and management practices. This includes competence in problem solving by simulation and statistical modelling, as well as in presenting results using latest media formats.
Ecosystem Sciences (ES)
Terrestrial ecosystems provide essential functions and services to society. Understanding and maintaining these complex functions in the light of global change are some of the greatest challenges humanity is facing. Students of the M.Sc. focus Ecosystem Sciences will gain critical thinking skills, learn modern concepts as well as latest field and laboratory methods and get a strong quantitative training in theory, measurement and application.
Tropical and International Forestry (TIF)
This course focus on options for ecologically sound management of different tropical forest types. By understanding the most important ecological and economic processes, the broader context of forest utilization and the key policies related to forestry, students will be able to analyze and monitor the ecological consequences of the utilization of the forest and to design well-adapted silvicultural systems taking their economic and long-term consequences into consideration.