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Department of Forest Sciences


Campus Tharandt
Campus Tharandt

Heinrich Cotta (1763-1844), Begründer der forstlichen Lehre in Tharandt
Heinrich Cotta (1763-1844), founder of the Department of Forest Sciences in Tharandt, Germany


Programme description
This course of study, complex, interdisciplinary and research-oriented, deals with the forest ecosystem in
its entirety and its manifold relations to the environment.
The programme consists of modules, which are highly interdisciplinary and supervised by at least two
professors. 25% of the modules are mandatory electives, thus offering students the chance to find their
own specialisation.
The course of study includes the following subject fields: general ecology, biometrics, zoology, geobotany,
wildlife ecology, timber mensuration, etc. Before graduation, students need to write a bachelor thesis
(topic to be chosen individually).

Qualification: Bachelor of Science
Language of Instruction/Examination: German
Official Length of Programme: 3 years

Programme description
The master programme in Forestry is a complex and interdisciplinary course of study, dealing with forest
ecosystems in general, as well as with their management and connections to the environment on a wider
scale and to society. Additionally, the programme imparts competences in sustainable management of
forest enterprises, the forest as a natural resource, the utilisation of the wood as a natural resource, and
the treatment of both forests and wood.
Students choose a profile area from the fields: Management of Forest Resources, Biodiversity and
Organisms or Forestal Environmental Systems in Change. During the course of study, tutorials, internships
and field trips, according to the chosen area, will contribute to educational progress.

Qualification: Master of Science
Language of Instruction/Examination: German
Official Length of Programme: 2 years

Programme description
The programme teaches students to analyse and solve basic questions and problems regarding spatial
development and natural resource management. Graduates of the programme are able to tackle complex
tasks at the intersection of spatial and environmental development that require the integration of scientific
awareness into a social context.
The course work is spread out over the span of three semesters; the last semester is dedicated to the
preparation of a master's thesis. Students have to attend ten mandatory modules and four mandatory
electives, which offer the students the chance to specialise in either spatial development or natural
resource management. Furthermore, students are able to gain practical insights into the field during a
six-week intership.

Qualification: Master of Science
Language of Instruction/Examination: German
Official Length of Programme: 2 years

Programme description
The aim of the course of study is the critical categorisation of scientific knowledge and responsible
behaviour in the field of wood and fibrous materials technology and wood economics, in particular wood
technology, wood utilisation, wood protection, energy recovery from wood, thermal finishing of wood and
its application within the occupational fields of environmental management and environmental protection
within the wood industry.
The first three semesters focus on the following contents (among others):
chemistry and anatomy of wood, chemical and mechanical technology of wood and of wood-based
materials, protection of roundwood during storage and construction wood in service, utilisation of wood,
energy recovery from wood and thermal conversion of wood, business and environmental management,
environmental protection. The fourth semester is dedicated to a research-oriented master’s thesis.

Qualification: Master of Science
Language of Instruction/Examination: German
Official Length of Programme: 2 years

Programme description
The programme aims to educate executives in the development of scientifically based, innovative and
sustainable management concepts for natural forests, forest plantations and other wood formations,
agroforestry systems and urban green spaces, and for controlling their use and maintenance. Special
emphasis is given to flexibly adapting to the changing conditions of society and the manifold interactions
among human beings and forest formation development, with a multi-disciplinary approach.
The two-year course altogether comprises 120 ECTS points structured as three semesters of classroom
studies and one semester of preparation and defence of the master's thesis. The modules offered during
the second and third semester contain substantial optional proportions allowing the student to identify
and follow a particular individual profile. The research plan is prepared to effectively collect and analyse
primary data from the late third up to the early fourth semester.
Courses include: Forest Ecology, Forest Culture and Extension, Forest Economy and Management, Urban
Tree Management, Natural Forest Management Systems, Forest Utilisation and NTFPs, etc.

Qualification: Master of Science
Language of Instruction/Examination: English
Official Length of Programme: 2 years

Brochure: Faculty of Forest, Geo and Hydro Sciences (Editorial closing 03/2006) now Faculty of Environmental Sciences:



history of the Department of Forest Sciences (click image, in German)

Geschichte der Fachrichtung

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Fachrichtung Forstwissenschaften
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D-01735 Tharandt