Forestry offers a surprising array of career options both within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Graduates can work in consultancies, management companies, government departments and environmental agencies, and within fields as diverse as conservation, forest protection, biosecurity, forest management, operations, and policy. Graduates from the Master of Forestry Science (MForSc) within the research pathway and the PhD can also look at careers with research agencies or secondary/tertiary institutions.
The MForSc has three separate pathways with a combination of courses and a six-month research report; courses and a one-year thesis; or thesis alone depending on the career pathway the student wishes to pursue on graduation. Individuals enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry (PGDipFor) can apply to transfer to the second year of the MForSc with a suitable Grade Point Average.
PGDipFor and MForSc students enrolled in courses enjoy a balanced mix of classroom, lab, and field based teaching.
- See current research being conducted by research groups within the School of Forestry | Te Kura Ngahere.
Admission requirements depend on the programme you wish to enrol in, your academic background, and whether you are a domestic or international student. Contact us to discuss your eligibity.
Career prospects for students with qualifications in Forestry obtained in Aotearoa New Zealand are excellent, both domestically and internationally.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
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