Programme Structure - MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry – University of Copenhagen

Programme Structure

The first year of studies will take place at one of three European partner universities (Bangor, Copenhagen or Dresden) followed by a second year of studies at one of the other four partner universities.

The aim of the first year is to provide a thorough and broad introduction to sustainable tropical forestry. The learning outcomes are similar for the three first-year institutions and allow students to choose among all five specialisations in the second year. The first year ends with a Joint Summer Module including field work in a tropical country.

Specialization options in the second year are: 

  • Agroforestry systems (Bangor)
  • Forests and livelihoods in developing countries (Copenhagen)
  • Tropical forest management (Dresden)
  • Environmental management and policies for tropical forests Montpellier)
  • Social and environmental responsibility in tropical forestry (Padova).

Master's thesis

You finalise the SUTROFOR programme by writing a research-based thesis. Former students have worked on issues such as:

  • Climate change and rural livelihoods
  • Government interventions for forest plantation
  • Trade chain analysis
  • Forest legislation and rural livelihoods
  • Participatory forest management

Many more details of the study programme, including application procedure, admission and language requirements,  can be found at