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Southern Cross University Master of Forest Science and Management
Southern Cross University

Master of Forest Science and Management

Lismore, Australia

2 Years


Full time, Part time

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AUD 30,800 *


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In addition to being the lungs of the Earth, forests must be effectively managed to balance the need for wood production, biodiversity conservation, water quality protection, carbon storage and many other issues.

The Master of Forest Science and Management gives you the opportunity to gain expertise for an industry that is key to the economic success of many countries, but which has numerous challenges associated with climate change, the commoditisation of forest products and land management.

You will study subjects aimed at problem solving and innovation for resource management, with a focus on the environmental science impacts of forestry. You will also have the opportunity to focus your research on a topic that you are passionate about, with the expert guidance of researchers who are world leaders in the field.

Graduates will have career opportunities in a range of fields related to plantation and natural forest management in Australia and around the world.

Career Opportunities

A postgraduate qualification in forest management may lead to career opportunities in plantation and natural forest management. Graduates typically seek career advancement within the following fields:

  • Forest management

  • Carbon sequestration

  • Integrated tree cropping and farm forestry

  • National parks and protected area management

  • Environmental impact assessment and monitoring

  • Environmental education and interpretation.

Professional Recognition

Masters graduates qualify for automatic full membership of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

Major Areas of Study

The course structure is flexible to accommodate students who are interested in operational forestry or those who wish to pursue a research career.

The course provides targeted forest science and management education and training. It includes studies in natural resource management, measuring trees and forests, fire ecology and management, plant physiology and ecology, wood science, forest operations, silviculture, forest health and pest management. Students undertake fieldwork in eucalypt forests, rainforests, plantation forests and on farms.

Students enrolled in the Master's course can also undertake a minor thesis, research project, or pilot study, and choose from a range of elective units including financial, strategic and project management. Of 16 units required for the degree, only four are required core units. The remainder can be chosen by the student in coordination with the course coordinator.

Assessment methods

Assessment varies for each unit and generally comprises a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations. Research or independent study units provide the opportunity for students to complete a literature review, a short thesis, pilot study, or research project under academic supervision.

Teaching methods

The majority of coursework units involve a lecture (two hours) and a laboratory session or tutorial (two-three hours) each week, for on-campus students. For units that are delivered online, students are typically provided with a study guide, together with readings from relevant textbooks and journals.

Some units may be offered as intensive short courses to enable participation by professional foresters and may include formal lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips for hands-on experience to put theory into practice.

Technical support is provided to students in the specialist laboratories and for the use of field equipment.

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