Master of Forest Science and Management

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

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Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
Location
Lismore
Lismore
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
1207249
Course abbreviation
MForSc&Mgt
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
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Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Our precious forests must be understood and managed to balance the need for timber production, biodiversity conservation, water quality protection, carbon storage and other issues.

As well as offering expertise in an industry that drives economic success in many countries, this program explores the challenges facing our forests through climate change, land management and resource strategies.

With a focus on environmental science, you can translate your ideas about the future of forestry into a research topic that will aid understanding of this essential and yet challenging field. Our world-renowned experts will support you all the way.

Graduates will have career opportunities related to plantation and natural forest management in Australia and internationally.

Our precious forests must be understood and managed to balance the need for timber production, biodiversity conservation, water quality protection, carbon storage and other issues.

As well as offering expertise in an industry that drives economic success in many countries, this program explores the challenges facing our forests through climate change, land management and resource strategies.

With a focus on environmental science, you can translate your ideas about the future of forestry into a research topic that will aid understanding of this essential and yet challenging field. Our world-renowned experts will support you all the way.

Graduates will have career opportunities related to plantation and natural forest management in Australia and internationally.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Credit for prior learning

Candidates for the Master of Forest Science and Management who have completed all the requirements for a relevant four (4) year undergraduate award in forestry or natural resource management may be granted advanced standing for up to eight (8) units.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

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 Masters 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. 

Domestic students

LocationSession
Lismore1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1, 2$32,000 ($4,000 per unit)068266A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and application of scientific methods in forest science and management.

Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to native forest, plantation and agroforestry science and management

Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving.

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability.

Demonstrate well-developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of forest science and management.

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings.

Demonstrate knowledge in several sub-disciplines.

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning.

Critically reflect on practice.

Demonstrate information literacy skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts.

Collaborate effectively with stakeholders and academic, operational and technical workers.

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and the environment.


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 text books 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.

Career opportunities

A postgraduate qualification in forest management may lead to career opportunities in plantation and natural forest management. Graduates typically seek career advancement in forest management, carbon sequestration, integrated tree cropping and farm forestry, national parks and protected area management, environmental impact assessment and monitoring and environmental education and interpretation.

The Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management is also available as an entry point and is suited to graduates with a background in general or environmental sciences who wish to seek careers in government forest services, management of native forests, fire fighting, land use and parks management, mine site rehabilitation, plantation management and forestry restoration.

Professional recognition

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

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Master of Forest Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. five (5) units from Part B; and
    3. five (5) units from Part C.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for a Master of Forest Science and Management:
    1. has successfully completed four (4) units comprising two (2) units from Part A and two (2) units from Part B may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Forest Science and Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Master Degree; or
    2. has successfully completed eight (8) units comprising four (4) units from Part A and four (4) units (48 credit points) from Part B may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Master Degree

Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Part A

FOR03083 -  Measuring Trees and ForestsAdvanced
FOR03085 -  Native Forests SilvicultureAdvanced
FOR03105 -  Fire Ecology and ManagementAdvanced
FOR03107 -  Plantation SilvicultureAdvanced
FOR03169 -  Minor Thesis (Part 1 of 2)Advanced
FOR03170 -  Minor Thesis (Part 2 of 2)Advanced

Part B

Part C



Notes

Note 1: Subject to the approval of the Course Coordinator.
Note 2: Double-weighted unit.

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