Master of Forest Science and Management

Southern Cross University

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. Strategic planning and management of forests and forest resources are both features of this course. 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. 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 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.

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 068266A
Institution Name Southern Cross University
Campus Location Lismore
Institution Type University
Course Duration 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
Course University Southern Cross University

About Southern Cross University

Bold, progressive, and celebrating 25 years in 2019, Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Universities and one of the world’s Top 50 Generation Y Universities. Our contemporary campuses, with purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, are located on the east coast of Australia, at the Gold Coast in Queensland, and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. All are unique regions renowned for their natural beauty and ecological diversity, providing living laboratories for learning and creative hubs for artistic endeavour.

 

Branch campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are operated in collaboration with EduCo on behalf of Southern Cross University. The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney and Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia. We also deliver degrees with collaborators in China and Papua New Guinea.We have a large and diverse range of courses available online, offering interactive and immersive learning experiences, wherever our students are.

 

Whether studying on-campus, online, or both, we deliver exciting, contemporary and high quality learning experiences.We aim to produce graduates who are career ready, world ready and digitally literate, and who experience an academic environment distinctive for its personal approach.

 

The University has a strong focus on industry and community collaboration to produce engaged teaching and research outcomes. The University is home to nine research centres.In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding ratings of ‘at world standard’ or above in 24 research fields. In nine research fields the University was evaluated at the highest possible classification of ‘well above world standard’. This was achieved in the fields of Geochemistry, Oceanography, Environmental Science and Management, Zoology, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Crop and Pasture Production, Forestry Sciences, Nursing, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

 

  • Southern Cross University History
    The early 1990s was an exciting time for Southern Cross University as it evolved from what was a Teachers College, in the 1970s, into a fully-fledged University with its own identity in 1994. This site has been developed to showcase stories, historical information and personal recollections of the University’s development. It includes a condensed Brief History of SCU from Teachers College (pre-1994) to University.
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning
    Southern Cross University is committed to providing educational opportunities for our diverse student body, in particular those from rural and regional communities. We aim to deliver inspirational teaching, innovative research and high quality and dynamic learning experiences to equip our students to be tomorrow’s leaders, to live a life they value and be effective global citizens.We work side by side with academic staff and students to implement the University’s strategic directions through three teams of staff:
  • Educational Collaborations
    Southern Cross University, through collaborations with other education providers, offers courses in other Australian locations, Asia and the Pacific. All students enrolled in a Southern Cross University course at one of our educational collaborations or partnerships are subject to the University’s rules and regulations. Students are taught by Southern Cross University teaching staff or University approved academic staff from our educational collaborations or partner. All assessment and examinations are set and quality assured by the University.
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    Southern Cross University has an extensive network of Education Agents across the world. These agents have been rigorously selected to assist with your application process into Southern Cross University.
  • Facts, Figures, Rankings and Awards
    Southern Cross University is a progressive, young and connected regional research university, with vibrant campuses in northern New South Wales and the southern Gold Coast. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and many are available in a dynamic online form. Whether studying on-campus, online, or both, we deliver exciting, contemporary and high quality learning experiences.

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