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Master of Forestry Science

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected July 2022


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

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