Course structure – University of Copenhagen

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Course structure

The MSc course is a two-year programme. The first year of study can take place only in three of the five institutions: Copenhagen, Bangor or Dresden. The second year of study is offered at all five SUTROFOR institutions. Students cannot complete first and second year at the same institution.

The choice of first year institution is made at the time of application. The final choice of second year institution is made in the late autumn of the first year of study.


Change of institution cannot be the same first and second year

SECOND YEAR (60 ECTS) Specialisations:

Course work

Three joint courses
(20 ECTS)

Forests and livelihoods in developing countries

Course work

Agroforestry systems

Course work

Tropical forest management

Environmental management and policies for tropical forests


Social and environmental responsibility in tropical forestry

The aim of the first year is to provide a thorough and broad introduction to sustainable tropical forestry. This allows students to choose freely among the five specialisations in the second year. The first year ends with the Joint Spring Module including fieldwork in a developing country.
The language of instruction is English, apart from the second year in Montpellier, which is available mainly in French.

Further international profile
In their second study year, Category B scholarship holders enrolled in 2014 or earlier have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship (EUR 3000) that will allow them to undertake a study period at one of the non-EU Associate Universities. During the study period, students can follow taught courses or periods of practical laboratory or industry experience. A study period must be organized with the consent of the local SUTROFOR representative at the second year institution as well as the thesis supervisor. A study stay must be of a minimum duration of 3 months and maximum duration of 6 months.

Please note! If you receive an Erasmus+ scholarship, you are obliged to carry out activities related to your studies in one of the two host countries, for the entire duration of the programme, i.e. 24 moneths. If you leave one of the host countries within this period, you are not entitled to receive the scholarship until you recommence the courses again.

Since Programme country scholarship holders enrolled in 2015 or later receive a higher monthly amount, it is not possible for them to apply for this additional scholarship.

The applicationform is available here