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Subject : Forest and Nature Conservation (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

The central themes of this programme are conservation, sustainable management, and forestry and nature conservation policy. The constructive approaches developed within the Forest and Nature Conservation programme include sustainable natural resource management, conservation of biodiversity, silviculture, social forestry and agroforestry, as well as management strategies for nature reserves and development of large-scale ecological networks. These approaches are based on a thorough understanding of the ecological functioning of ecosystems (including interactions between vegetation and herbivores) and analysis of the socio-economic and cultural functions of forests and natural habitats.

The study programme has a unique, multidisciplinary character. By combining forest and nature conservation with ecological and socio-economic aspects, the Forest and Nature Conservation programme provides an integrated approach to natural resource management that can be applied at various scales and to different socio-natural systems. The student can select from subjects such as policy issues, resource management and fundamental ecology and conservation; input from socio-economic and technical disciplines at the University is also provided. The programme focuses not only on increasing the student’s scientific knowledge, but also on his or her management and communication skills.

The study programme is based on highly flexible and thesis-oriented profiles. The thesis research gives the student the opportunity to focus on a specific problem and conduct an in-depth study within a specific discipline.

There are two specialisations:

  • Ecology and management, emphasis on understanding the ecological processes that form the basis for the structure, composition and functioning of forests and natural habitats. Students can major in fields such as forest ecology, forest resource management, plant ecology, biodiversity conservation, tropical nature conservation or animal ecology.
  • Policy and management, specialise in forest and nature conservation policy and focus on the various relationships between forests, nature and people. The specialisation addresses the entire process of formulating, implementing and evaluating policies and plans for the conservation and sustainable management of forests and natural habitats from the local to the international level.

    Admission Requirements:
    in forestry, nature conservation, or other related environmental and social sciences.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5