Advanced qualifications in management are essential if you want to contribute to sustainable solutions for future challenges in the forestry and timber industry. The Master’s degree programme 'International Management of Forest Industries' imparts these skills and enables its graduates to obtain management positions in leading companies in the forestry industries and timber markets in an international environment.
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
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 Master’s degree course in International Management of Forest Industries teaches this expertise.
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences at its campus Weihenstephan and the Swiss School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) in Zollikofen jointly offer this programme as a cooperative double master's degree programme. 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).
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.
Students enrol at one of the partner locations and study there until the end of the course. 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.
Admission is possible at both campuses and the relevant location's study guidelines and examination regulations will apply.
To support their application for the International Management of Forest Industries degree programme, applicants who completed their undergraduate degree outside of Germany will need to obtain a preliminary review documentation from uni-assist (Vorprüfungsdokumentation – VPD). Detailed information is available on our Website for International Applicants. An uni-assist evaluation report cannot be accepted instead of the VPD!
This master’s degree programme is run in close collaboration with our partner companies. 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 master’s thesis is completed in close collaboration with companies within the industry, both in Germany and abroad.
The International Management of Forest Industries degree programme was set up in close cooperation with companies within the industry both in Germany and abroad. The following main skills have been put together and transformed into modules:
Globalisation has been making real headway in the forestry and timber industry. Timber and timber products are increasingly being handled and transported at international level. The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences and the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) have responded to this challenge by offering a master's degree programme with an economic and international focus.
The following professional fields are particularly relevant potential areas of employment:
"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