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Forest Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
Forest Science Master's Degree from the University of Padova prepares high-profile graduates with a holistic, innovative and international vision on the management and conservation of forests and natural resources.


Forest Science Master Degree from University of Padova offers two different curricula.

Forest and Land Management forms specialists in sustainable management, conservation and integrated valorisation of forests and natural resources and is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to forestry. Subjects taught include applied ecology and functioning of natural ecosystems, management of wildlife and insects, biotic and abiotic disturbances and related mitigation tools, applied forestry and forest operations, forest pathology, bio-economy and resource valorization, hydrology, fluviomorphology, integrated management of erosion in steep slopes of mountainous areas. Students acquire awareness and understanding of the organization of forest and mountain ecosystems and skills for sustainable management of forests and rural landscape, especially in an Alpine and Mediterranean environment.

The curriculum Forest and Nature for the Future forms specialists in governance of forests and natural ecosystems in the context of international issues such as climate change, deforestation, land use change and biodiversity conservation. Subjects taught include dynamics of natural ecosystems and climate change, natural habitat management, forestry, forest planning and operations in fragile environments, production, evaluation and enhancement of ecosystem services also through participatory approaches, international forestry policy, conflict management, corporate social responsibility, forest certification. Students acquire capacity to interpret complex socio-ecological systems and to identify innovative solutions for responsible forest management in line with the major global environmental issues.


A Forest Science graduate can be employed in public and private institutions, agencies, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations working as planner, designer, manager and supervisor in the field of sustainable and responsible management of forests, natural and semi-natural habitats, land management and protection, landscape management, use and valorisation of forest resources and ecosystems services nationally or internationally. In addition, Forest Science high profile education facilitates access to basic or applied research or to doctoral programmes in Italy or abroad.

Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Forest policy for a bio-economy strategy
    • Forest ecology and management
    • Natural disturbances ecology and management
    • Insect ecology and management
    • Wildlife conservation and management
    • Forest pathology and wood alterations
    • Geology of Mountain Areas
    • Forest transportation
    • Forest hydrology and erosion control
    • Mountain River Morphology and Restoration
    • Stand history and dynamics
    • Applied Silviculture and Forest Management
    • Reduced Impact Timber Harvesting
    • Global change and forest ecosystems
    • Natura 2000 management
    • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Forest

                      Detailed Programme Facts

                      • Programme intensity Full-time
                        • Full-time duration 24 months
                      • Languages
                        • English
                      • Delivery mode
                        On Campus

                      English Language Requirements

                      This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                      Academic Requirements

                      • Applicants are expected to hold a degree (BSc or equivalent) which ensures adequate knowledge of agricultural and forest sciences, with essential competencies in ecological, forestry, economic and technical areas for the management of natural resources, production processes and land conservation. 
                      • Other kinds of educational curricula will be examined based on the documentation provided.
                      • English language at a B2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - o corresponding level (e.g. Academic IELTS or TOEFL/IBT) is required.

                      Tuition Fee

                      • International

                        2600 EUR/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                      • EU/EEA

                        2600 EUR/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                      The total amount can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”.

                      Living costs for Legnaro

                      • 600 - 900 EUR/month
                        Living Costs

                      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                      The University of Padova offers scholarships to highly talented prospective students wishing to pursue a Bachelor's or Master's degree completely held in English in Padova. The scholarship programme is highly selective. Only candidates showing the highest achievements and school / academic records may receive a scholarship. The successful scholars will be expected to fulfil an ambassadorial role and represent the University at a number of events.

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