Forestry and Wood Science (Master of Science)
Study forestry at the largest green campus in Germany! Deepen your knowledge of one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world and one of the most important renewable resources with the Master's in Forestry and Wood Science. Combine content from six different areas of specialization according to your interests and specialize in the area of your choice. Develop concepts for the conservation and management of the forest ecosystem and the sustainable use and processing of wood as a raw material. Examine and understand the value creation systems from production through to multifunctional uses to the final use of the lignocellulosic resources. Face the exciting economic, ecological and socio-political challenges of the forestry and timber industry. We equip you with the necessary knowledge, system understanding and methodological competence to successfully design sustainable forest and timber management as an expert 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 characteristics of forestry include the long-term nature of forest production, its extensive dependence on site conditions, its large surface area and its great importance for society through the provision of numerous ecosystem services (provision of raw timber, climate protection, water protection, nature conservation, preservation of biodiversity, recreational space, etc.). In the TUM's Master's program in Forestry and Wood Science you will deal intensively with these aspects. Your studies focus on the four areas of production, environment, society and wood. These reflect the essential occupational fields in the industries and the breadth of studies. As well as gaining sound knowledge of the forest ecosystem and its dynamics, you will learn how to sustainably ensure the multifunctionality of forests under changing conditions through conservation and management.
The degree program focuses on the scientific principles of forestry as well as the technical processing and marketing of raw materials produced in the forest and other ecosystem services. In addition to the six areas of specialization, the wide range of elective modules gives you the opportunity to build your own profile and thus to specialize in your desired field.
In addition to full-time studies, we also offer part-time variants with 50% or 66%. With our Master’s in Forestry and Wood Science, you will dive even deeper into the complex ecosystem of the forest and ensure you are fit for your future.
What are your career opportunities?
Whether science, business, consulting or administration – the Master's program in Forestry and Wood Science opens the door to a variety of professional fields. You will get an initial insight into the professional world during the eight-week internship, which you will have to complete during your studies in organizations or companies from the forestry or timber industry.
The Master’s offers you the opportunity to acquire all the necessary professional skills for admission to the 4th qualification level of the forestry preparatory service. Multifaceted career prospects will open up for you, especially in private forest enterprises, state forest administrations, professional associations, wood trade and wood industry enterprises or in the field of research. In addition, your successful graduation will attract interest from NGOs, development aid and consulting companies.
What is this study program about?
Your studies focus on the four pillars of production, environment, society and wood. During your first semester you will learn essential technical and methodological skills for your further studies.
In the second and third semesters you have to choose three of the six possible areas of specialization, each of which consists of three modules. Available for selection: Wood as a Raw Material, Mountain Forest, Forest Management, International Forestry, Site Assessment and Use, as well as Landscape Development and Nature Conservation.
In addition, three modules must be taken from a wide range of elective modules. You can thus act according to your own interests and inclinations and develop your individual profile. To promote your personal development and to expand your personal skills, the program also includes the module Interdisciplinary Competences.
One of the special highlights of studying forestry with us at the TUM is the mountain forest research, which you learn directly through numerous teaching events and excursions. The natural dynamics of natural systems in the Alpine region can be experienced locally thanks to a link with the Berchtesgaden National Park. The Wood Research Munich as well as the teaching and research association TUM.wood (https://www.holz.tum.de/home/), through which you will gain insight into the many different ways wood can be used, also play an important role in your training.
In order to gain an initial insight into the professional world, the studies are rounded off by an eight-week internship in companies or organizations from the forestry and timber industry.
After you successfully complete your Master's thesis in the fourth semester, you’ll have your Master's degree in the bag.
Interest aroused? Just take a look at an exemplary curriculum!
What competences and skills will you acquire?
By the end of your studies you will be able to understand complex ecological issues and identify interdependencies. You will be able to estimate the dynamic reactions of ecosystems to various environmental and disturbance factors and derive consequences for their protection and forest management.
The evaluation of land use forms, including their derived commodities, will also form part of your repertoire. You will be able to independently plan, execute and evaluate complex projects. A scientific approach will be a given for you. The practice-oriented training also enables you to analyze and evaluate operational and organizational structures and to develop planning proposals that take economic, social and ecological factors into account.
In addition to a sound knowledge of the forest ecosystem, you will have developed a comprehensive understanding of systems and methods by the end of your studies. You will be able to identify and analyze diverse interests in the use of forest resources and the associated ecosystem services. For the conflict situations that often arise, you will be able to create solution-focused courses of action, taking into account legal and political conditions. You will involve the relevant interest groups accordingly and communicate the results in an appropriate manner.
You will also learn to evaluate natural, technical and operational production conditions and to develop concepts for the production and sustainable use of forest resources. On top of this, you will gain individual in-depth knowledge from your chosen specializations.
How do you apply for a place of study?
During the application period you can apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. Simply upload your documents for admission to the Forestry and Wood Science degree program directly in 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 forest science and resource management or a comparable course of study at a German or foreign university.
In a subsequent aptitude assessment we will check whether you have the necessary prerequisites and motivation for the program.
If you are subsequently admitted, you still have to submit some certified copies of your certificates in paper form for enrolment.
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).
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.
Internships & excursions
A pre-study internship is not required for admission to the program. However, in order to successfully complete your studies, you must complete and provide evidence of an 8-week subject-related internship (10 ECTS). The internship can be completed before or during your master's program and can be divided into several sections. Please note, however, that an internship section shorter than 4 weeks cannot be credited and that the internship should be completed by the end of the 4th semester. An internship report must also be prepared. Further details can be found on the website of the Weihenstephan Internship Office.
The completion of the internship is defined in the internship regulations.
Certificate in Forest Education
Following successful completion of the Bachelor's program in Forest Science and Resource Management, provided that you have fulfilled the necessary requirements in your studies (see FPSO), you can obtain the "Certificate in Forest Education".
- Guidance: Acquisition of the certificate by TUM students
- Bayerische Forstverwaltung: Requirements for the acquisition of the "Certificate in Forest Education" at forestry colleges and universities in Bavaria
- Regulations on the required internship for students of forestry programs in Bavaria
- Approved institutions for the internship
Due to the currently valid Corona restrictions, the conditions for acquiring the Certificate in Forest Education are currently being discussed with the Ministry. Further information will follow shortly.
More information on practical experience during studies