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International Management of Forest Industries (master's)

Face the challenges of international forest industries and timber markets – for a sustainable yet economically viable approach to the most important renewable raw material.

AT A GLANCE

Academic qualification

Master of Science (M. Sc.)

Duration of studies

3 semesters (90 ECTS)

Language of instruction

English

Location

Lectures in hybrid form (face-to-face and online)
Summer semester in Weihenstephan and winter semester in Zollikofen (Switzerland)

Programme start date

Summer and winter semester

Admission restrictions

No

Study a Master’s degree in forest industries and timber markets: HSWT’s international degree course

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.

COURSE CONTENT

Course content in the Master’s degree programme ‘International Management of Forest Industries’

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:

  • in-depth forestry operations (building on the bachelor's degree training)
  • management of internal and inter-company added-value processes
  • national, international and global timber and timber product markets.

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.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The structure of the Forestry Master’s programme

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.

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  • 1st semester

    1. Economic Planning and Management in Forest Industries
    2. Cost Management and Controlling
    3. Law for Leaders
    4. Information Management
    5. International Timber Trade
    6. Electives
  • 2nd semester

    1. Knowledge Management and Sharing in Agriculture and Forestry
    2. Integrated Natural Resources Management and Climate Change
    3. Logistics, Supply Chain and Network Management
    4. Consumer Behavior, Markets and Trade
    5. International Forestry and Forest Industry
    6. Current Topics in Applied Agricultural and Forest Research (International Forest Engineering)
  • 3rd semester

    1. Master's thesis
  • Module handbooks

    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.

    International Management of Forest Industries degree programme modules

    1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung SS 2022

    Obligatory elective modules for all degree programmes in Weihenstephan

    1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule
    2. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule Master

CAREER

Possible career paths with a Master’s degree in International Management of Forest Industries

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:

  • Management roles within large-scale forestry companies all around the world

  • Management roles within international groups in the timber industry

  • Roles within international management consultancies

  • Roles within applied research and development


"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

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REQUIREMENTS

Admission requirements for the Master’s degree programme in International Management of Forest Industries

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:

  • Evidence of knowledge of the English language at language level B2, the language of instruction. Here, you can find information on the accepted certificates.
  • Evidence of adequate German language skills (language level A1 or above), if you apply with a degree from a university outside Germany. This evidence can also be provided during the course, so it is not essential for enrolment.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree outside Germany, to apply for the International Management of Forest Industries degree programme, you need to obtain a 'Preliminary review documentation' (VPD) through uni-assist. Submitting a uni-assist test report is not sufficient!

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.

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Advantages of studying the Master’s in Forestry

  • You benefit from the commitment to first-class teaching and research at both Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences and HAFL.

  • The double Master’s degree provides a simple way to get to know two locations during your Master’s studies.
  • You gain practical experience thanks to the collaboration with national and international forestry and timber companies.

CONTACT

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Department

Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Wald und Forstwirtschaft
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 3
85354 Freising

T +49 8161 71-5901
F +49 8161 71-4526
wf[at]hswt.de

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