Erasmus+ Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR)

Deadline
March 01, 2019

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Master

Location (s):

  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
Copenhagen, Montpellier, Tharandt, Padova, Bangor

Overview

This two-year MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) prepares qualified graduates to deal with the complex aspects of contemporary tropical forestry.

Details

Sustainable Tropical Forestry

The topic of sustainable tropical forestry is of global importance. Between one and two billion people depend on wood-based fuel; non-wood forest products and services are crucial to the livelihood of more than one billion poor people mainly in rural areas; timber is an important commodity for both the domestic economy and for export; and the citizens in developing countries are increasingly concerned with the fate of tropical forests. The potential for trees and forests to contribute to the sustainable development in tropical and subtropical countries is increasingly recognised and included in poverty alleviation strategies.

This two-year MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) prepares qualified graduates to deal with the complex aspects of contemporary tropical forestry. The programme provides the students with:

  • a firm theoretical foundation
  • ability to function on the international scene, and openness to foreign cultures
  • all competencies needed for working as a researcher or in tropical forest practices, e.g. development agencies, consultancies, NGOs, international organisations, ministries, governmental agencies, or district forest offices.

The SUTROFOR Consortium
The SUTROFOR MSc Course is organised by a Consortium which includes five of the best European universities within the field of forest and nature management:

  • University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Bangor University, School of the Environment and Natural Resources, Bangor (UK)
  • Dresden University of Technology, Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, Tharandt (Germany)
  • AgroParisTech, Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences, Montpellier (France)
  • University of Padova, TESAF Department, School of Agriculture, Padova (Italy)

The SUTROFOR Consortium also includes the following non-European associate partners: Tribhuvan University in Nepal, Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza in Costa Rica and Makerere University, Uganda.

Degree obtained

The SUTROFOR MSc programme offers an integrated study programme leading to the award of a double degree that is fully recognised in all the participating countries.

To obtain a double degree, students have to acquire 120 ECTS and meet the mobility requirement of studying one full year at each of two different partner universities. When achieving the acquired ECTS credits, the student will obtain two national MSc degrees - an MSc degree from both the first and second year university.

A double degree means that you will receive two national MSc degrees - an MSc degree from both your first and your second year institution. The SUTROFOR Secretariat will forward all documents in one package including the SUTROFOR Consortium Diploma. The SUTROFOR partner Institutions all have significant experience in research-based teaching on tropical forestry. The SUTROFOR Programme thus provides you with a single entry point to top-level and up-to-date teaching.

Programme structure

The MSc in Suistainable Tropical Forestry comprises a first year of study at one of three partner institutions:

  • University of Copenhagen
  • Bangor University
  • Dresden University of Technology

For the second year of study, students choose a specialisation to be completed at a different partner institution, hence students cannot complete the first and second year of study at the same institution.

The choice of mobility tracks, including choice of specialisations, are made at the time of application. Please note that this choice of mobility-track is binding.

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Admission requirements

Applicants with a good bachelor’s degree in a relevant area, e.g. forestry, agriculture, biology, geography and economics, are directly qualified for admission to the MSc Programme. Learn about when and how to apply.

The Faculty may also admit applicants who, after an individual academic assessment, are deemed to possess educational qualifications equivalent to those required above.

The admission committee will evaluate your application individually. This means that they will evaluate whether your degree meets the admission requirements based on its academic content.

If you are unsure if your degree meets the admission requirements

You can only get an answer to whether or not your degree meets the admission requirement by applying for admission at the MSc Programme. Only the admission committee can evaluate whether you are qualified or not. They only do this once they have received your application.

Language requirements:

You are required to document proficiency in English according to your background; see the language requirements.

Special requirements for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship applicants:

To be eligible for evaluation your application for a student scholarship must include a certificate – i.e. an official document – verifying your place of residence.

This can either be:

  • In the form of a residence certificate issued (signed and stamped) in accordance with your municipality, region or state’s normal registration rules
  • In the form of an official letter (signed and stamped) by your current place of work, study or training confirming your current occupation/activity and place of residence.

Neither of these documents can be more than 6 months old calculated backwards as from the submission deadline.

The verification of residence is to be submitted as part of your application for admission and student scholarship. Without this document you application for a student scholarship will be incomplete and regarded as ineligible.

Selection criteria

If the number of qualified applicants to the programme exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be prioritised as follows:

Eligible applications are assessed using the following four selection criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Recommendations
  • Relevant work experiences
  • Personal motivation.

Each criterion is assessed using a scale of 1-5 (5 = excellent, 4 = very good, 3 = good, 2 = average, 1 = poor). Evaluation always starts with the academic excellence criterion: this must be at least 4 for evaluation to proceed. Evaluation always stops if any other criterion is assessed at less than 3.

The following weights on each criterion are used:

  • Academic excellence (60%)
  • Recommendation (15%)
  • Work experiences (10%)
  • Personal motivation (15%).

As part of the screening, language proficiency is assessed as a threshold: sufficient/not sufficient.


Dates:

Deadline: March 01, 2019


Cost/funding for participants:

Erasmus Mundus student scholarship

Partner Country Scholarships

These scholarships can be awarded to masters students from all countries other than the EU member states and EEA/EFTA states: Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. Furthermore, you must comply with a 12 months rule: i.e you must not be a resident nor have carried out your main activity (studies, work etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.

Programme Country Scholarships

These scholarships can be awarded to any masters students who do not fullfil the criteria A defined above, i.e nationality requirement and 12 months rule.

To be eligible for evaluation your application for a student scholarship must include a certificate – i.e. an official document – verifying your place of residence.

This can either be:

  • In the form of a residence certificate issued (signed and stamped) in accordance with your municipality, region or state’s normal registration rules
  • In the form of an official letter (signed and stamped) by your current place of work, study or training confirming your current occupation/activity and place of residence.

Neither of these documents can be more than 6 months old calculated backwards as from the submission deadline.

The verification of residence is to be submitted as part of your application for admission and student scholarship. Without this document you application for a student scholarship will be incomplete and regarded as ineligible.

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