Profile and Career - MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry – University of Copenhagen

Profile and Career

Forests are essential in the global fight to reduce poverty, save biodiversity, develop countries and communities, and mitigate climate change. If you want to work with these issues and to put theories to the test in the field, then the Sustainable Tropical Forestry programme (SUTROFOR) may be what you are looking for.

The SUTROFOR programme offers you the best tropical forestry teaching in Europe. Through an outstanding, research-based education, you gain the required competences for working with tropical forestry issues: a firm theoretical foundation, practical and international experience and openness to foreign cultures. Furthermore you can access the global research networks of the teaching staff when you decide on your thesis topic.

Competence Description

  • Provide students with an understanding of the principles and processes that underpin sustainable tropical forestry development, including the social and environmental contexts
  • Develop students' intellectual, practical, numeracy, communication, information and communication technology (ICT), interpersonal / teamwork, self management and professional development skills, in a tropical forestry-specific context
  • Inculcate the values of scholarship: inquiry, reflection, integrity, open-mindedness, evidence-based thinking, collegiality
  • Provide competences in area of specialization during the second year. Available areas of specialization are: Agroforestry systems; Forests and livelihoods in developing countries; Tropical forest management; Environmental management and policies for tropical forests; Social and environmental responsibility in tropical forestry.

Career opportunities

SUTROFOR graduates work in companies or organisations dealing with sustainable tropical forestry, development and natural resources, such as for instance CARE or a consultancy company. Others work for NGOs, international organisations like WWF, FAO or UNEP, or in a ministry or governmental agency. Successful students will also be able to apply to high-level international PhD programmes.

Read about the programme structure.