A joint course-based accredited Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus MSc programme run by six renowned European universities

The call for applications for the course starting in August 2020 will be open from 2 December 2019 to 22 January 2020 15:00 (GMT+2).

MSc European Forestry (MSc EF) is a top class taught Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme (EMJMD) in the field of forest sciences and is one of the first EMJMD programmes that has been accredited according to the European approach for quality assurance of the joint programmes. The quality of our programme is also acknowledged by the European Commission, which awarded the MSc European Forestry Erasmus Mundus status for years 2004–2014 and for years 2016–2019 and 2019-2023.

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http://www.uef.fi/en/web/mdp-europeanforestry/1

Our programme is a two-year interdisciplinary programme that provides academic education in the field of sustainable resource management with an emphasis on current bioeconomy issues. MSc EF offers a new approach to forestry and nature management markets and it connects the increasing number of forest-related issues with a European dimension at international as well as national levels. The objective of the MSc EF programme is to educate professionals who have a thorough understanding of a sustainable forest bioeconomy as well as the European business culture. The curriculum is specifically designed to take into consideration the needs of potential employers and therefore our graduates are highly valued by national and international agencies, governmental bodies, NGO’s, research institutions and  timber, paper and pulp enterprises.

In MSc EF, six European top-class forestry universities collaborate intensively to offer joint study modules in addition to their existing curricula. The MSc EF Consortium consists of the following institutions: the University of Eastern Finland (coordinator); AgroParisTech, France; the University of Freiburg, Germany; the University of Lleida, Spain; the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria and Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania. In addition, Associated Partner HEIs in Brazil, Canada and China and Associated Industrial and Associated Scientific Partners contribute to programme delivery.

Check this interview of a professional who attended the European Forestry Programme

Our programme welcomes applications from persons who hold a bachelor’s or comparable degree in forest sciences or related discipline. Click on the link on the left to find outhow to apply to MSc EF.

How to apply to the MSc European Forestry Programme?

The MSc European Forestry Programme (MSc EF) attracts many applications from prospective students every year. At UEF the application round opens each year in December for studies starting in the following autumn. Will we be receiving your application this year?

We warmly welcome talented and enthusiastic students from all over the world to apply. The minimum eligibility criteria are good command of English language and a BSc degree in forestry or a related field. The next MSc European Forestry Course begins in August 2020.

Our application period is open between 2 December 2019 and 22 January 2020 at 15:00 (GMT +2) for the course starting at the beginning of August 2020.  Please click on the links on the left to learn more about our eligibility and admission requirements. All applications will be automatically considered for an Erasmus Mundus (EMJMD) scholarship and you do not need to apply for that separately.

We will inform all applicants of their acceptance/ rejection by 27 March 2020. Please note that we will not be able to answer any queries related to your application status before that date, so please be patient. You will definitely hear from us as soon as possible.

Note: Our university has partnered with University Admissions Finland during previous application rounds, but our applications are not processed at University Admissions Finland during the application round 2019/2020.

Our graduates are internationally valued experts

Our programme has been running since 2001, and we are proud to say that our graduates have exceptionally impressive careers, many of them attributing their career success to our programme!  Our graduates are indeed amongst the most sought after in the field by national and international employers alike. The majority of our graduates are currently employed around the world by organisations such as:

  • Forest and nature management agencies and governmental bodies
  • Research institutions
  • Forest enterprises in paper and pulp industries and saw milling
  • Environmental NGO’s

Scholarships and grants

For students applying for the MSc EF programme, there will be Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) scholarships available on a competitive basis.

Please note that if you have already received an EMJMD or an Erasmus Mundus Master Course/Joint Doctorate scholarship, you are not eligible for an additional EMJMD scholarship. You also cannot benefit from another EU-funded scholarship scheme while you are receiving an EMJMD scholarship. Annually, each student candidate can apply for an EMJMD scholarship to a maximum number of three different joint programmes, Erasmus Mundus Master’s Courses and Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programmes combined.

The comprehensive eligibility criteria can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities-for-individuals/students/erasmus-mundus-joint-master-degrees_en

The EMJMD student scholarships will include student participation costs (including the consortium fees and full insurance coverage), a contribution to student travel and installation cost and a subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme. Details on the EMJMD student scholarship amounts are given in the table below:

Contribution to the participation costs8 500 EUR per year per scholarship holder from a Partner Country4 250 EUR per year per scholarship holder from a Programme Country
Contribution to travel and installation costs1 000 EUR per year per scholarship holder resident in a Programme Country for travel costs.2 000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1 000 EUR for installation costs for a scholarship holder, resident in a Partner Country less than 4000 km from the EMJMD coordinating HEI.3 000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1 000 EUR for installation costs for a scholarship holder, resident in a Partner Country 4 000 km or more from the EMJMD coordinating HEI.
Contribution to the subsistence costs1 000 EUR per month for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme (24 months maximum). Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to the 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 one trimester (i.e. 3 months or the equivalent of 15 ECTS credits) spent in any Partner Country.

EMJMD scholarships for students from Partner Countries

The above scholarships (max. 48 000 EUR) can be applied by the students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries (see above). Partner Country students who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any Programme Country are considered as Partner Country students. The five-year reference period for this 12-month rule is calculated backwards from the submission deadline of applying for an EMJMD scholarship.

Students with Partner Country citizenship who do not fulfil the Partner Country criteria defined above (12-month rule) count as Programme Country students. Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their application.

Individuals who have already benefited from an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Course scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship in order to follow the same or another Erasmus Mundus Master’s Course. Students benefiting from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship cannot benefit from another Community grant while pursuing their Erasmus Mundus Master’s studies.

A maximum of three students with the same nationality per Category can be awarded an EMJMD scholarship.

EMJMD scholarships for students from Programme Countries

The above scholarships (max. 34 500 EUR) can be applied by the students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries (see above).

Students with a Partner country citizenship who do not fulfil the Partner Country criteria defined above (12-month rule) also count as Programme Country students. Students with a dual nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their application.

Individuals who have already benefited from an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Course scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship in order to follow the same or another Erasmus Mundus Master’s Course. Students benefiting from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship cannot benefit from another Community grant while pursuing their Erasmus Mundus Master’s studies.

A maximum of three students with the same nationality per Category can be awarded an EMJMD scholarship

Living costs and travelling

Studying and living in Europe is relatively inexpensive. Prices for food and accommodation are reasonable and one can live adequately with just 600–700 EUR per month. For example, in Joensuu (Finland) a room in a student flat costs about 250 EUR per month and a warm meal from within the university campus area is 2.35 EUR.

One of the distinguishing features of the MSc European Forestry programme is mobility. During the study periods all students get to visit all the Consortium countries in Europe. One might think that travelling around Europe is costly and not suitable for a student budget, but:

Firstly, MSc European Forestry pays for travels during the European Forestry Field Course all the way from Romania through Austria, Germany and France to Spain.

Secondly, there are several budget airlines in Europe and most of the trains and buses provide 50% discount for students. For example, travelling from Joensuu to the Applied Period placement of one’s choice can be inexpensive: Flights from Lappeenranta (Finland) to Düsseldorf (Germany) can cost as little as 22.99 EUR if booked well in advance*).