Form of study: full-time
Length of study: 2 years (4 semesters)
Fee for study: 90 000 Kč/year (~3 500 €/year)
Language of instruction: English
Application deadline: 30th April 2023 (fill the application form HERE)
The master's degree programme Forest Science in Global Change is a two-year master's degree programme that is taught in English and is primarily intended for bachelor's degree graduates of a forestry, biological, environmental, or similar programme. The aim of the study programme is to educate graduates with an international outlook and the ability to succeed on the European and global scale and to deal with current issues of forestry innovatively and flexibly at a time of ongoing global change. Emphasis is placed on the interconnectedness of knowledge, which is why the study connects innovative forestry disciplines with modern technologies and related fields. The main goal is for students to acquire the knowledge needed to develop a modern forestry concept based on the adaptation of forests and forestry to ongoing global changes and their consequences. These are measures that lead to increasing the resilience of forests with regard to the escalating intensity of disturbances (drought, fires, wind). In addition, the study focuses on management principles that support all forest functions and ecosystem services in the context of forest bioeconomy. During the course of study, students can also focus more deeply on one of the three thematic areas by studying at a foreign university.
Admission conditions: The basic condition for admission to study in the master's study programme is successful completion of a bachelor's study programme, ending with the state final exam. Another condition is the successful passing of the entrance exam in the form of an interview with the applicant, during which the study prerequisites and students' motivation to study will be tested. In accordance with Section 49 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on universities, the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences (FLD) at CZU in Prague currently sets the following conditions as part of the Admission Procedure Conditions for the current academic year. This material is subject to approval by the FLD Dean's Board and the FLD Academic Senate.
Students' study obligations include a one-semester study stay abroad, which students must complete in the winter semester of the second year of study at one of the partner universities designated for this study programme and with which cooperation agreements have been concluded. Cooperation with the following universities has been confirmed so far:
Transilvania University of Braşov
University of Padova
University of Lleida
Notes to Study plan:
The study plan consists of compulsory subjects that are part of the study plan of the winter and summer semesters of the first year and the summer semester of the second year of study. Students complete these subjects at FLD CZU.
The next part of the study plan consists of compulsory-optional subjects, which are thematically divided into three groups:
Compulsory-optional subjects type B – group 1 – Multifunctional Forest Management
Compulsory-optional subjects type B – group 2 – Forest Economy and Technics
Compulsory-optional subjects type B – group 3 – Forest Ecology and Nature Protection
You can find specific information about the subjects of this programme in the attached study plan.
The state final exam consists of a thesis defence and an exam in four mandatory thematic areas and a diploma thesis defence:
- Adaptive Silviculture – the course mainly includes profile subjects:
Silviculture for Resilient Forests, Multifunctional Forestry and Ecosystem Services
- Forest Management and Monitoring – the course mainly includes profile subjects: Adaptive Forest Management Planning, Remote Sensing
III. Protection of Forest Ecosystems – the course mainly includes profile subjects: Integrated Forest Protection
- Forest Bioeconomy – the course mainly includes profile subjects: Forest Bioeconomy, Forest Resources Valuation
- Diploma thesis defence
Graduates of the Forest Science in Global Change master's programme will receive the academic title of Ing. and apply for one of the doctoral study programmes or demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in the field of management and protection of forest ecosystems, which is based on the study of disciplines related to woody plants and forest ecosystems in the context of the environment in which they develop. Graduates also demonstrate knowledge of technical and economic disciplines.
Graduates will find employment:
- in a wide range of activities related to forest management,
- in international companies operating in the forest bioeconomy sector in Europe and beyond,
- in the academic sphere and in other institutions dealing with science, research, development, and innovation,
- in the bodies and work positions of international institutions (EU, UN) that deal with issues of forestry and the environment.