Students in forest

Programme Structure

The programme consists of compulsory courses, thematic courses, restricted elective and elective courses and a thesis.

Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, and there will be a good deal of project work. You will be working both independently and in project groups. Excursions and field work constitute major elements of the programme. This allows you to learn to solve problems in, for example, private companies or organisations.

Do a Project in Practice or study abroad

You may choose to use some of your elective courses to do a project in practice or to study abroad for one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time.


In your first year, you follow a thematic course which focuses on forest and nature ecology. You learn about the functions of forests and nature, and you use your knowledge to solve real-life cases.

A part of the programme is reserved for elective and restricted elective courses. This gives you the chance to target your programme within the subject areas that you find interesting. You can, for example, develop your competences within economics, tropical forestry, management and communication.

At the end of the first year of the programme, you will follow the thematic course ‘Forest and Nature Management Planning’. The course reviews all the knowledge you have acquired and which you need to combine in order to prepare a long-term general plan for the management of a given area.


The thesis concludes the programme. You can create a project which, for example, deals with a specific area, a company, a theory or a current issue. You can write your thesis either on your own or in a group.

Once you have completed your thesis, you gain the title Master of Science (MSc) in Forest and Nature Management (in Danish: cand.silv.)

The programme can be structured in two ways, depending the size of your thesis (30 ECTS or 45 ECTS).

Thesis 30 ECTS


Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Thematic Course: Ecology and Management of Forests and Other Semi-Natural Terrestrial Ecosystems Conflict Management Natural Resource Sampling and Modelling Forest and Nature Management Planning
Applied Economics of Forest and Nature Restricted elective course
Year 2 Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Thesis
Elective course Elective course

Thesis 45 ECTS

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.

You are required to choose at least one of these courses:

If you write a thesis worth 30 ECTS you must choose courses from this list equal to 15 ECTS: