Master of Forestry Science
The Master of Forestry Science will give you a head start into forest management, governance, or research at an advanced level.
This degree offers a flexible structure – depending on your goals and experience, you can study by examination and report, examination and thesis, or thesis only. This programme means you can complete a professional master's degree with coursework and a report in two years.
Students enjoy small classes and a wide variety of courses to choose from, ranging from silviculture to advanced IT applications in forestry.
Students for the Master of Forestry Science must have a four-year Bachelor of Forestry Science, or other bachelor's degree in relevant subjects, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry.
The standard and relevance of previous study will be the criteria for selection, and for determining the options available in the degree.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
How to apply
You will need to complete an application form for the MForSc from Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering website.
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The MForSc can be completed by either:
- 240 points of coursework chosen from the Schedule, including FORE 679 MForSc Report (60 points)
- 120 points of coursework chosen from the Schedule, plus FORE 690 MForSc Thesis
- FORE 690 MForSc Thesis only. Students approved for the thesis-only option must have already completed a minimum of 120 points of postgraduate-level studies, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.
Depending on which structure you opt for, the Master's can take 1–3 years to complete full-time; or 18 months to 4 years part-time.
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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For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Forestry Science.
For study planning help, contact Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry or the College of Engineering:
Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800