Forest and Ecosystem Sciences (FES)

University of Göttingen

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
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Looking at the forest and forest ecosystem from various perspectives: ecosystem analysis and modelling, ecosystems sciences and tropical forestry – you can specialise in one of these three foci as your individually chosen forestry topic, through the Forest and Ecosystem Sciences (FES) programme at the University of Göttingen.


Study of the Forest and Ecosystem Sciences (FES) programme at the University of Göttingen, contents are quite different, depending on the specialization field. In addition to the programme-specific compulsory courses a number of optional courses, covering 30 credit points, can be selected from course offerings by the Faculty of Forestry, by other faculties of the University of Göttingen and from international partner universities.

Specialization: “Ecosystem Analysis and Modelling”

  • 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. These quantitative skills are applied to analyze ecosystems with a focus on forest ecosystems.
  • The topics in the compulsory courses include: Introduction to ecological modelling; ecosystem theory, including analysis of structures and processes; biodiversity; macro-ecology and biogeography; soil sciences and bioclimatology, conservation; methods from computer science; individual- and agent-based modelling; advanced statistical data analysis with R; functional-structural simulation modelling; spatial modelling.

Specialization: “Ecosystem Sciences”

  • 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.
  • The interdisciplinary program is part of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, however students have the unique possibility to specialize in many subjects that cross traditional disciplines. The compulsory courses cover topics such as biodiversity and community ecology, ecosystem analytics, molecular ecology and genetics, applied ecology, soil sciences and climatology, data handling and analysis in the software R.

Specialization: “Tropical and International Forestry”

  • 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.
  • The topics in the compulsory courses include: Introduction to tropical forest ecology and silviculture; international forest policy and economics; monitoring of forest resources; forest utilization and wood processing; soil science; bioclimatology; analysis and monitoring of resources and different silvicultural systems; biometrical research methods; project planning and evaluation and project work to in a multidisciplinary group to develop a forest region.
  • In the third semester, the TIF students collaborate on the Students' Project. After an intercultural and technical preparation in Göttingen we travel to the host country for field research. The students deepen their knowledge in a specific field and create an interdisciplinary management plan together. The research regions of recent years have been Uganda, Laos and Myanmar.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • You will be completing a total of 120 C, 90 C by taking courses and 30 C by writing the Master’s thesis.
  • You have three study tracks to choose from: Ecosystem Analysis and Modelling, Ecosystem Sciences or Tropical and International Forestry.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Forestry, Biology, Geography, Agriculture, Ecology or related subject with a total of at least 180 ECTS credits
  • at least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility:
    • Verification required of academic performance in Forestry or Environmental Sciences, Resource or Ecosystem Management, Life Sciences and Applied Computer Science in the scope of at least 60 ECTS

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.

Semester contribution fee: 355 euro


DAAD scholarship for specialisation Tropical and International Forestry

Requirements: Above average BSc degree and min. 2 years relevant work experience

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Forest and Ecosystem Sciences (FES)
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