Forestry and Wood Science (Master of Science)
Study forestry at Germany's largest green campus! Deepen your knowledge of one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots and one of the most important renewable resources with the Master of Forestry and Wood Science.
Professionalise your knowledge and skills in the subject areas of Forest Ecology, Production & Management, Forest Governance, Wood Product Systems and Global Digital Forestry, and specialise in other areas of your choice. Develop concepts for the conservation and management of the forest ecosystem and the sustainable use and processing of the raw material wood. Look at and understand the value creation systems from production to multifunctional uses to the final utilisation of lignocellulosic resources. Face the exciting economic, ecological and socio-political challenges in the forestry and wood cluster. Get to know the special challenges of forest management in the Alps.
We equip you with the necessary knowledge, system understanding and methodological skills to successfully shape a sustainable forestry and timber industry as a specialist in numerous professional fields.
Studying Forestry and Wood Science successfully: What can you expect?
Type of study: full time / part time
Standard period of study, credits : 4 semesters, 120 ECTS
Start of degree program: winter semester
Admission category: Aptitude Assessment for Master
Language of instruction: German
Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Munich area)
Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)
Why study this particular degree program?
The specific features of forestry include the long-term nature of forestry production, its extensive ties to site conditions, its large area coverage and its great importance for society through the provision of numerous ecosystem services (raw wood supply, climate protection, water conservation, nature conservation, preservation of biodiversity, recreational space, etc.).
In the Master's programme in Forestry and Wood Science at the TUM School of Life Sciences, you will deal intensively with these aspects. At the centre of your studies are the five areas of Forest Ecology, Production & Management, Forest Governance, Wood Product Systems and Global, Digital Forestry. They reflect the basic qualification for professions in the forestry and wood cluster and the depth of the degree programme. In addition to profound knowledge about the forest ecosystem and its dynamics, you will learn how to sustainably ensure its multifunctionality in changing conditions through conservation, protection and management of forests.
The study programme focuses on the scientific principles of forestry as well as the technical utilisation and marketing of the raw materials produced in the forest and other ecosystem services. In addition to the five subject areas, the wide range of unbound elective modules offers you the opportunity to form your own profile and thus specialise in your desired field.
In addition to full-time study, we also offer a 66% part-time option. With our Master's in Forestry and Wood Science, you can delve even deeper into the complex ecosystem of the forest and get ready for your future.
What are your career opportunities?
Whether science, business, consulting or administration - the Master's programme in Forestry and Wood Science opens the door to a wide range of occupational fields. The Master's degree offers you the opportunity to acquire all the necessary professional skills for admission to the forestry preparatory service at the 4th qualification level (goverment forest service). In particular in private forestry operations, state forestry administrations, professional associations, timber trade and timber industry companies or in the field of research, you will have a wide range of future prospects. In addition, your successful graduation will arouse the interest of NGOs, development aid or consulting companies.
If you would like to gain first insights into the professional world, you can complete a six-week internship in organisations or companies from the forestry or timber industry or in the scientific sector as part of your studies.
What is this study program about?
From the first semester onwards, you design your individual study programme. In the first three semesters of your studies, the focus is on the five thematic pillars of Forest Ecology, Production & Management, Forest Governance, Wood Product Systems and Global Digital Forestry.
In each thematic area, you have a choice of six modules, of which you must take at least two. In addition, you can take eight modules from a wide range of elective modules without a thematic pillar. Accordingly, you can live out your own interests and inclinations and sharpen your individual profile.
One of the special highlights of the forestry programme at the TUM School of Life Sciences is mountain forest research, which is taught directly to you in numerous courses and excursions, including in close cooperation with the Berchtesgaden National Park. This allows you to experience the dynamics of natural systems in the Alpine region on site. The institute Wood Research Munich and the TUM.wood teaching and research network, which will give you an insight into the many different uses and applications of wood as a raw material, will also play an important role in your training.
In order to gain a first insight into the professional world, you can also complete a six-week internship in companies or organisations from the forestry and wood industry or science as part of your studies.
After you successfully complete your Master's thesis in the fourth semester, you’ll have your Master's degree in the bag.
Interested? Just take a look at an exemplary curriculum!
What competences and skills will you acquire?
After completing your studies, you will be able to understand complex ecological issues and identify interrelationships. You can assess the dynamic reactions of ecosystems to various environmental and disturbance factors and derive consequences for their protection and forestry management.
The evaluation of land use forms, including the raw materials based on them, is also part of your repertoire. You can independently plan, implement and evaluate complex projects. A scientific approach is a matter of course for you. Thanks to the practice-oriented training, you can also analyse and evaluate operational and organisational structures and develop planning proposals taking into account ecological, social and economic factors.
In addition to a sound knowledge of the multifaceted forest ecosystem, you will have developed a comprehensive understanding of systems and methods by the end of your studies. You are able to identify and analyse the various interests in the use of the forest as a resource and the associated ecosystem services. You can develop solution-oriented options for action for the conflict situations that often arise, taking into account the legal and political framework conditions. You involve the relevant interest groups accordingly and communicate the results in an appropriate manner.
You have also learned to evaluate natural, technical and operational production conditions and to develop concepts for the production and sustainable use of forest resources. It goes without saying that you include the influences of increasing globalisation and advancing digitalisation in your considerations. In addition, you will gain in-depth knowledge from the optional modules you have chosen.
How do you apply for a place of study?
During the application period you can easily apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. You simply upload your documents for admission to the Forestry and Wood Science degree programme directly on the portal.
The prerequisite for application is a qualified Bachelor's degree of at least six semesters or an at least equivalent degree in the fields of forestry and resource management or a comparable degree programme that you have obtained at a German or foreign university.
In a subsequent aptitude assessment we check whether you have the necessary prerequisites for the degree programme.
The application procedure is described in the annex to the Subject Examination and Study Regulations of the degree program.
If you are subsequently admitted to the programme, you still have to submit the application for enrolment and some certified copies of your certificates in paper form.
Forestry and Wood Science at the TUM
Already in the middle of your master's degree in Forestry and Wood Science? Everything you need!
Degree program documentation, module catalog
The degree chart gives you an overview and recommendation, which modules you should take in which semester according to academic and examination regulations (FPSO).
- Timetable (TUM ID required for login):
This timetable is intended to give you an overview of the planned compulsory and elective modules of a semester. It is for orientation purposes only and will not be updated during the semester!
Via TUMonline you can have a timetable created for each semester according to FSPO.
You can also create your own individual timetable, which can contain not only the dates of the selected courses but also your personal appointments.
First steps with TUMonline
Important note for part-time studies:
For each semester you study part-time, an individual study and examination plan has to be worked out together with the student advisory service. This plan is a binding regulation between you and TUM and may only be changed after consultation.
Please arrange an obligatory counselling interview with your academic advisor about 2-4 weeks before the start of the lecture.
- General Academic and Examination Regulations at TUM (APSO)
- Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO)
- Examination dates & registration via TUMonline
In TUMonline you can register for the module examinations that accompany your studies.
Important: You can only take most of the exams if you have actively registered yourself via TUMonline within the registration period. The registration and deregistration period will be displayed at the exam date.
- Board of Examination
The board of examination is a committee consisting of university professors and lecturers of the degree program. The chairperson of the board of examination of your degree program is Apl. Prof. Dr. rer. silv. Gabriele Weber-Blaschke. Applications to the board of examination are received by the secretary and submitted to the board of examination for decision. You can reach the secretary by sending an email to recognition.wzw[at]tum.de.
Internships & excursions
A pre-study internship is not required for admission to the degree programme. You can complete a 6-week, subject-related internship (10 ECTS) and provide proof of this. The internship can be completed before or during your Master's programme. Please note that an internship contract must always be concluded. An internship report must also be prepared and submitted. Finally, your internship is recognised by a 30-minute oral examination. Further details can be found in the module handbook and on the website of the Weihenstephan Internship Office.
More information on practical experience during studies
Detailed, degree program - specific information about graduation can be found in the
Wiki Life Sciences – Study and Teaching - Graduation (TUM ID required for login)