Erasmus+ Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR)

January 15, 2022

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Location (s):

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


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


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.

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.

Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme
SUTROFOR is part of the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme initiated by the European Union. The Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and promote intercultural understanding.

The two-year Masters Course builds on the expertise of five European universities: 

  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Bangor University (UK)
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
  • AgroParisTech (France)
  • University of Padova (Italy)

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Admission requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in the following are directly academically qualified for admission to the MSc Programme:

  • Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Biology, Geography and Geoinformatics, Natural Ressources or Economics from the University of Copenhagen.
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Agrobiology or Economics from Aarhus University.
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or Geography from Aalborg University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Technological and Socio-Economic Planning (TekSam-Miljøplanlægning), Natural Sciences or Geography as well as the International Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from Roskilde University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Southern Denmark
  • Professional Bachelor's degree in Forest and Landscape Engineering or Urban Landscape Engineering from the University of Copenhagen.
  • Bachelor's degree within the area of forestry, agriculture, biology, geography or economics  from other Danish, Nordic or international universities.

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.

Furthermore, students applying with AgroParisTech, Montpellier, as second year university are required to document proficiency in French corresponding to DELF B2.


Deadline: January 15, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Partner Country Scholarships (Only for Non-EU students)

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.

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.
  • In the form of an invoice, which clearly states the date, name and complete address.

Neither of these documents can be more than 12 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.

Scholarships amounts

Contribution to the travel and installation costs:

  • 2000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holders resident of a Partner Country whose location is situated at less than 4.000 km from the EMJMD coordinating HEI
  • 3000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holders resident of a Partner Country whose location is situated at 4.000 km or more from the EMJMD coordinating HEI 

The contribution to installation costs is an incentive to help coveringthe additional costs related to the issuing of visas, residence permits, etc. as well as the temporary accommodation needs upon arrival in the first hosting HEI.

Contribution to subsistence costs

1000 EUR per month for the entire duration (120 ECTS)of the EMJMD study programme (24 months maximum)

Please be aware that the first monthly contribution to subsistence cost as well as the contribution to travel and installation costs will be paid only upon arrival at the first host university. Also, be aware that since no cash payments are facilitated and your formal registration with local authorities upon arrival may be required prior to your establishment of a bank account, the first payment may not be accessible for several weeks upon your arrival.

Please note that contribution to subsistence costs must:

  • niether be given to scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods (study/research/placement/thesis/preparation) spent in their country of residence.
  • nor to scholarship holders from a Partner Country for the EMJMD periods exceeding three months (indicatively the equivalent of 15 ECTS credits) spent in any Partner Country.
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