Programme structure

The MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry comprises a first year of study at one of three partner institutions:

  • University of Copenhagen
  • Bangor University
  • Technische Universität Dresden

For the second year of study, students choose a specialisation to be completed at a different partner institution, hence students cannot complete the first and second year of study at the same institution.

The choice of mobility tracks, including choice of specialisations, are made at the time of application. Please note that this choice of mobility-track is binding.


  • Course work (Copenhagen)
  • Course work (Bangor)
  • Course work (Dresden)
  • Three joint courses (20 ECTS)

SECOND YEAR (60 ECTS) Specialisations:

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

Change of institution - cannot be the same first and second year

The first year of studies provides students with a thorough and broad introduction to sustainable tropical forestry and end with the Sustainable Tropical Forestry School, introducing fieldwork in a developing country.

The language of instruction is English, apart from the second year specialisation in Montpellier, which is available in French and requires specific language skills in French.

SUTROFOR joint courses

The SUTROFOR MSc programme is highly integrated. During the first year of study, three courses are jointly delivered by the partner universities:

The first course deals with a current hot topic and can take in students globally through its elearning format. The second course is essentially designed to allow for in-depth preparation for field work during the Sustainable Tropical Forestry School. Due to the scattered location of students and faculties the first two courses are delivered through joint E-learning. At the Sustainable Tropical Forestry School all students are together and meet teachers from all five partner institutions.