Face the challenges of international forest industries and timber markets – for a sustainable yet economically viable approach to the most important renewable raw material.
Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Duration of studies
3 semesters (90 ECTS)
Language of instruction
Lectures in hybrid form (face-to-face and online)
Programme start date
Summer and winter semester
With the Master's in International Management of Forest Industries, enter the boardrooms of international forest industries and timber markets: During the Master’s degree, you consolidate your management qualifications. In doing so, you contribute to sustainable solutions for future challenges in the forestry and timber industry. After graduating from the Master’s degree programme in International Management of Forest Industries you take on management positions in companies within the forestry industries and timber markets in an international environment.
Wood is the resource of the future. However, the sustainable use of wood is endangered by other forms of land use and the effects of climate change. Globalisation and digitalisation present further challenges. Well-educated management staff with innovative solutions are needed to meet these demands.
The International Management of Forest Industries degree programme is based on:
1. Industry experience
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences set up the International Management of Forest Industries Master’s degree programme in close cooperation with companies within the industry, both in Germany and abroad. This enabled us to determine the main competencies which students should have once they graduate:
The Master's thesis is also carried out in close collaboration with companies within the industry, both in Germany and abroad.
2. International focus
Students obtain a cooperative double Master’s degree, since the International Management of Forest Industries programme is designed and run in collaboration with the Swiss School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) in Zollikofen. The degree programme at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences bears the name "International Management of Forest Industries" (MSc), and at the Bern School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences is known as "Life Sciences - Forest Science" with a major in International Management of Forest Industries (MSc).
3. Active insights into practice:
This master’s degree programme is run in close collaboration with partner companies in forest industries and timber markets. Part-time lecturers and speakers working in the field share their skills and expertise with students. Numerous modules offer students direct contact with industry and research representatives through case studies, guest presentations, and group work. An overview of all participating part-time lecturers and speakers working in the field is available here.
The course can be started in the winter semester and the summer semester. The courses take place in hybrid form, which means that they are face-to-face and online at the same time. The summer semester is organized from the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Science in Weihenstephan and the winter semester from the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Zollikofen.
Please note that the winter semester lectures in Zollikofen start at the beginning of September! The third semester is reserved exclusively for the master's thesis.
You choose where you want to enrol and are based at this location until the end of your degree. If the study location changes, it is not necessary to re-enrol as it is organised as an exchange semester.
Please note that the module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester. The applicable module handbooks for any given semester are the handbooks published at the beginning of that semester.
The Master’s in International Management of Forest Industries was designed to react to the advancing globalisation of the forestry and timber industry. Timber and timber products are increasingly being handled and transported at international level. The Master’s degree programme, which has an economic and international focus, enables you to put your knowledge into practice in these sectors once you graduate:
"After the bachelor's degree in 'Engineering in Forestry', the internationally oriented master's degree broadened my perspectives and insights not only in the forest and wood industry. A comprehensive understanding of strategic, economic, ecological and social interrelationships is essential in a globalized and dynamic industry."
Roman Ostheimer, 'engineer as an auditor' at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research - Wilhelm-Klauditz Institute (WKI)
"For me, the master's degree meant further development on several levels. On the one hand, I deepened my existing specialist knowledge of wood technology and expanded it through knowledge of forestry, and on the other hand, I made the step from national to international expert. Through the global networking of the course I was able to make valuable contacts. My master's thesis, which was supervised by the World Resources Institute, seamlessly transitioned into a medium-term commitment to this internationally recognized think tank. "
Tobias Stäuble, lead auditor and produkt manager bei SQS – Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems
The master's degree programme is aimed at graduates of diploma or bachelor's degree programmes from the areas of forestry and wood management. These are the requirements for admission to the Master’s degree in International Management of Forest Industries:
Further information on the application process is available on the central application page. On our webpage for prospective international students you can find all the key information about requirements for applying with an undergraduate degree from outside Germany.
Admission at both locations is possible, in which case the respective study and examination regulations apply.