Curriculum for the MSc in

FOREST AND NATURE MANAGEMENT The Faculty of Science University of Copenhagen

The programme is organised in accordance with Danish Ministerial Order no. 814 of 29 June 2010 on bachelor and master’s programmes (candidatus) at universities (the ministerial order of the study programmes). The programme is offered under the Study Board of Natural Resources and Environment. Graduation from the programme confers the degree Master of Science (MSc) in Forest and Nature Management. In Danish: cand.silv. (candidatus/candidata silvinomiae).

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Chapter 1. The programme’s objective and competence profile ......................................... 2
1.1 The programme’s objective .......................................................................................................................... 2 1.2 The programme’s general profile ................................................................................................................. 2 1.3 The programme’s employment prospects..................................................................................................... 2 1.4 The programme’s competence profile .......................................................................................................... 3 1.4.1 Knowledge ............................................................................................................................................ 3 1.4.2 Skills ..................................................................................................................................................... 4 1.4.3 Competences......................................................................................................................................... 4

Chapter 2. Degree programme content .................................................................................. 5
2.1 Content ......................................................................................................................................................... 5

Chapter 3. Admission requirements and admission ............................................................. 6
3.1 Admission requirements ............................................................................................................................... 6 3.2 Admission ............................................................................................. Fejl! Bogmærke er ikke defineret. Side 1 af 7

e. For an MSc in Forest and Nature Management. The programme is characterised by strategic work with a long-time perspective. Because of the long time perspective. the predominant method is that of financial and ecological planning and optimisation.g. 1. e. the productive opportunities and the ecological sustainability of biological systems. tools and skills for handling ‘the human dimension’ – general management. financial management and optimisation as well as methodologies for planning and considering interests. tourism Green areas in and in the vicinity of cities for recreational. Through the compulsory courses.: • • • Forests for commercial production of timber.3 The programme’s employment prospects The programme appeals to students who wish to take a holistic perspective and work longterm and strategically with economics. the graduate gains an insight into a number of general tools to help do this and applies these in connection with case studies on forest and natural resources. At the same time. teaching and tourism purposes The typical future for a person holding an MSc in Forest and Nature Management is as a planner and as an implementing player – e. project management. 1.1 The programme’s objective The objective of the programme is to educate graduates who are capable of conducting research into. The programme is based on three areas: 1) Knowledge and understanding of the function. in a company or an organisation operating within frames set by society.Chapter 1. hunting and other green benefits as well as nature conservation and recreation Nature areas for nature protection and outdoor recreation as well as commercial utilisation. nature and green areas in a professional and balanced way. 2) knowledge of economics. negotiation and conflict management. nature and people. sustainability naturally becomes a general and controlling concept. 3) knowledge of. develop and control the human use of forests. The programme’s objective and competence profile 1. the utilisation must be socially acceptable and in line with developments in society.g. The programme covers everything Side 2 af 7 .g. These aspects and tools are equally relevant to strategic management within private companies in other lines of business. The main focus area is planning and sustainable use of forest and nature areas in society – in the private as well as in the public arena. The longtime perspective is necessary for utilisation of forests and natural areas. Knowledge within these three areas will enable the graduate to develop professionally sound solutions that can be put into action in a complex world of conflicting aims and interests.2 The programme’s general profile The programme evolves around finding the balance between the sustainability of organic systems and human requirements.

negotiation and conflict management on the basis of the opinions. The programme is typically aimed at positions as academic employees or as managers in private. After completion of the programme. ecological and social competences. Graduates are in general employed in the private as wella s in the public sector. planning. work as forest and wood traders and as investment brokers or in the wood and furniture industry. investment.4. planning. e.1 Knowledge • Describe the structure. skills and competences. the student will acquire the following knowledge. interests and values of people Reformulate theories. 1. The programme provides students with a number of central control and management tools and a broad range of economic. Many graduates hold positions in Danish or foreign forests (typically as forest supervisors or consultants). consultancy or product development. principles and research findings to independently form hypotheses and theories • • • • • Side 3 af 7 . protection and stewardship of forests and other semi-natural areas Summarise economic theory and demonstrate general knowledge of the planning tools utilised in the economic management of forests and nature Reflect on the societal and commercial consequences of legislation. In addition. in national or international organisations relating to the utilisation of forests and other natural resources. Some hold positions in private companies of other kinds.4 The programme’s competence profile During the MSc programme. Others work in international aid organisations or vocational interest groups. project management. Many graduates work with forestry and with nature and landscape management in the public sector or with research and education.g. development and variation of ecosystems as well as understand the causes and effects in a scientific perspective • Identify possibilities/limitations and the ecological tolerance in relation to people’s utilisation of forests and nature Explain the principles of sustainable utilisation. commercial companies. a person holding an MSc in Forest and Nature Management should be able to: 1.from idea to action – both internally in a firm or in an organisation and externally when organisations act in society. regulations and principles of operation in national and international contexts Explain key theories and methodologies for management. or in a public authority office/agency/company working with area management. This forms a good foundation for a possible management career in the private or public sector. the student will acquire a number of individual qualifications through elective courses and by writing an MSc thesis. larger industries in the energy or biomedical sector and typically work within general management.

3 Competences • Turn demands on our natural surroundings into concrete actions and projects based on a natural science foundation • Transfer theories and principles to new situations and assume independent and professional responsibility Manage operations and development tasks in the framework set out by society (legislation. dynamic and holistic management planning Formulate. Lead and manage such processes based on knowledge of the interactions in relation to negotiation and conflict Collaborate constructively with others in interdisciplinary and intercultural contexts Independently evaluate and structure own learning processes and assume responsibility for own professional development with a view to life-long learning • • • • Side 4 af 7 . negotiation and collaboration processes that bear in mind the power and interests of the players. realities) Design decision-making.1. regulations. quantify and apply theoretical and practical models for the productive functions of forests and natural resources – material as well as immaterial • Apply economic theory and utilise planning tools to analyse and model the welfare and business economic value production of forests and natural resources Assess the possibilities and limitations of theories and methodologies Develop long-term strategies. plan and implement projects Incorporate negotiation and conflict resolution strategies and models in the role as manager.4.4.2 Skills • Develop. consultant or facilitator Communicate professional problems and solutions – both orally and in writing – to different target groups • • • • • • 1. operational targets and concrete plans for sustainable utilisation and protection of forests and other green resources while bearing in mind social. ecological and economic objectives and limitations Practise economic.

The compulsory courses and the thesis constitute the core subjects of the programme (at least 90 credits). In connection with a thesis of 45 credits.5 credits 15 credits 15 credits 7. The following courses are compulsory: • • • • • • • LTEK10157 LOJK10282 LNAK10098 LNAK10064 LFKK10265 LFKK10278 LFKA10285 Natural Resource Sampling and Modelling Applied Economics of Forest and Nature Forest and Nature Management Planning Thematic Course: Ecology and Management of Forests and other Semi-natural Terrestrial Ecosystems Conflict Management Project Management* Business Development and Innovation* 7. experimental work must be included.Chapter 2.5 credits 7. The placement strictly depends on which core courses are chosen) Elective courses 2.5 credits * One of the two courses must be passed The programme is completed with a thesis of 30 or 45 credits within the disciplines of the programme.5 credits 7.1 Content The programme is set at 120 credits. Side 5 af 7 . Degree programme content Block 1 Thematic Course: Ecology and Management of Forests and other Seminatural Terrestrial Ecosystems Conflict Management Applied Economics of Forest and Nature Business Development and Innovation* Block 2 Year 1 Block 3 Block 4 Block 1 Year 2 Block 2 Block 3 Project Management* Natural Resource Sampling and Modelling Forest and Nature Management Planning Thesis (30 or 45 credits) Block 4 Compulsory courses and thesis Core courses (the suggested block placement of core courses is not mandatory.5 credits 7.

miljø og samfund). LOJB10225 Indledende økonomi.g. The programme may include LFKK10387 Erhvervsprojekt/LFKK10387E Project in Practice. natur og vand) or LNAB10020 Tema: Natur.5 credits within ‘Society’ (e. LOJF10260/LOJF10261 Miljø.g.5 credits within ‘Ecology’ (e.og planlovgivning (natur og by el.1 Admission requirements BSc graduates in Natural Resources with core module courses in Nature Management (Nature and Society). Side 6 af 7 . LOJF10260/LOJF10261 Miljø.og planlovgivning (natur og by el. LOJK10258 Naturressourcer og økologi or LBIB10127 Dyrs og planters diversitet). LOJB10259 Mikroøkonomi or LOJF10249 Investering og finansiering). The following BSc degrees from the Faculty of Science qualify students for the MSc programme. • • • • In order to be eligible for admission. BSc graduates in Natural Resources with the core module course in Animal Science: An additional requirement for 7. LNAB10015 Natur.g. BSc graduates in Landscape Architecture (both core module courses): An additional requirement for 7. LOJB10225 Indledende økonomi.og naturforvaltningsøkonomi.og landskabspolitik. BSc graduates in Biology – Biotechnology: An additional requirement for 7. but only if additional requirements are fulfilled: • BSc graduates in Natural Resources with the core module course in Plant Science: An additional requirement for 7. ecology and society.g.og landskabspolitik.g.og planlovgivning (natur og by el. Chapter 3.5 credits within ‘Society’ (e. natur og vand) or LNAB10020 Tema: Natur. LOJA10250 Skov. Admission requirements and admission 3.5 credits within ‘Economics’ (e.g. LNAB10015 Natur. other BSc graduates must have completed a BSc programme containing elements from all three dimensions: economics. BSc graduates in Farming Economy: An additional requirement for 7. miljø og samfund). enabling the applicant to understand and handle the whole and the consequent considerations.og landskabspolitik. Environmental Science or (Environmental) Economics as well as Forest and Landscape Engineers are automatically accepted in the programme.5 credits within ‘Economics’ (e.5 credits within ‘Society’ (e. LNAB10015 Natur. LOJB10259 Mikroøkonomi or LOJF10249 Investering og finansiering) and 7.There are at least 15 credits for elective courses and other study activities. LOJA10250 Skov. natur og vand) or LNAB10020 Tema: Natur. miljø og samfund). LOJF10260/LOJF10261 Miljø.og naturforvaltningsøkonomi.

cultural geography. Relevant academic areas include e. management or psychology. organisation. Society: The applicant must have social scientific and/or humanistic competences and knowledge of society and people. anthropology.5 credits Ecology – at least 7. cytology and bio-geo-chemistry. political science. Economics: Economics has been separated from the other social scientific courses because financial calculation. Side 7 af 7 . system ecology. there is a minimum requirement for the number of credits within each of the three academic areas: • • • Economics – at least 7. law.5 credits Society – at least 7. optimisation and planning form such a central part of the programme. e.5 credits Ecology: The applicant must have scientific competences within and knowledge of the structure and function of forests and other ecosystems.In practice.g. within sociology. botany.g.and/or macrolevel (business economics or economics). plant physiology. The applicant must possess knowledge of the financial way of thinking and financial theories – at both micro. soil science. zoology.

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