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Master of Forestry Science

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury


The Master of Forestry Science will give you a head start into forest management, governance or research at an advanced level.

This degree offers a flexible structure - depending on your goals and experience you can study by examination and report, examination and thesis, or thesis only. This programme means you can complete a professional master's degree with coursework and a report in two years.

Students enjoy small classes and a wide variety of courses to choose from, ranging from silviculture to advanced IT applications in forestry.

The MForSc can be completed by either:

  • 240 points of coursework chosen from the Schedule, including FORE 679 MForSc Report (60 points)
  • 120 points of coursework chosen from the Schedule, including FORE 690 MForSc Thesis (120 points)
  • FORE 690 MForSc Thesis only. Students approved for the thesis-only option must have already completed a minimum of 120 points of postgraduate-level studies, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.

Further study

UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

Applicants for the Master of Forestry Science must have a four-year Bachelor of Forestry Science, or other bachelor's degree in relevant subjects, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry.

The standard and relevance of previous study will be the criteria for selection, and for determining the options available in the degree.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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