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Forestry education and training

Undergraduate study

Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW and at Mt Gambier S.A., offers a four year undergraduate course, Bachelor of Forest Science and Management. Graduates of this degree develop skills and understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of sustainable resource management. They have the opportunity to specialise in small or large scale plantations, restoration forestry, provision of environmental services, wood utilisation, forest inventory and planning, or international forestry. There are opportunities for the degree to be taken externally, although with some short periods of residence to undertake practical exercises. Outstanding students may continue for a fifth year to the degree ofBachelor of Forest Science with Honours.

University of Melbourne offers a Forest Science Major in the Bachelor of Science. This provides students with a detailed understanding of forest systems including forest productivity and ecosystem services. Students will be able to integrate knowledge of forest ecology to address the impacts of climate change on forest systems and the ecosystem goods and services they provide. Students will also be prepared for employment in a land management related career or for further studies in related coursework masters programs.

Australian National University offer a Bachelor of Science (Forest Sciences) which provides students with knowledge and applications of environmental science and resource management in Australia and abroad.The BSc (Forest Sciences) offers students with interests in forest sciences, forest management and forestry a focused pathway to undergraduate and subsequent professional graduate qualifications in this important topic area. The three-year program is built around (1) a core of courses that develop knowledge and skills about the relationships between society and environment, with a particular emphasis on forests, and (2) completion of the equivalent of a major in forest sciences.

More information can also be obtained from the Bachelor of Science (Forest Sciences) Fact Sheet.

The Bachelor of Science (Forest Sciences) with honours requires the completion of a further year of 48 units of honours research.

Postgraduate study

Several universities are participating in the National Forestry Masters Program. The program offers graduate students from any background access to teaching, field and industry experience and research opportunities in forestry across Australia. The IFA offers scholarships towards the Masters - find more information about this on the Forestry Scholarship Fund page

Southern Cross University offers several options for graduate students. Those with a suitable three-year degree may enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management. This requires the equivalent of one year of full time study, leading to a qualification equivalent to the normal four-year undergraduate degree in forestry. The University offers also a degree in Master of Forest Science and Management, aimed at professional development in areas of interest to the student; this may be undertaken in conjunction with elements of the National Forestry Masters Program. The University offers also Master of Science (by research) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs for suitably qualified applicants of high ability.

Australian National University

The Master of Forestry offers a flexible program for advanced learning and professional qualification for those with undergraduate qualifications in forestry or the forest sciences, or those who have been working in forestry-related fields and wish to gain graduate-level qualifications in forestry or forest science.

The Master of Forestry (Research) offers a flexible platform for those who wish to develop their knowledge base in forestry and the forest sciences, and depth in specific aspects. The scope of this program is broad reflecting the diverse strengths of the Australian National University in the environmental and forest sciences and their applications. The flexibility of course requirements for the degree allows programs to be structured to meet individual interests; all students are required to develop expertise in a nominated area through the dissertation component.

University of Melbourne 

The Master of Forest Ecosystem Science offers the knowledge, skills and analytical capabilities to shape the development of forest and natural resource management enterprises world-wide. Students will learn about climate change science, water resource management and biodiversity conservation and develop the ability to conduct crucial experimental work in the field.

Students will benefit from connections and experiences with forest, land and fire agencies and non-governement organisations (NGOs), and share the broad range of local and international working experiences and contacts of our academics and students. The Master of Forest Ecosystem Science will prepare students for management positions within the forest and natural resource management sectors.

The Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Forest Systems Management will prepare students for a career within the forest resource management sector and provide a pathway to further study. By undertaking the course, students will:

  • develop knowledge, skills, understanding and competence in areas of forest systems management;
  • develop a thorough approach to sustainable forest management;
  • understand the biological, economic, social and environmental factors that shape the development of forest resource management enterprises in Australia and internationally;
  • increase your knowledge and analytical capabilities appropriate to forest systems and related specialist disciplines; and
  • Extend your scholarly and critical attitudes in forest and natural resource management disciplines.

Students completing the Diploma will also develop research competence in the design, conduct and analysis of experimental work.

The Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management meets an urgent need to equip professionals working in bushfire related fields with world's best practice skills in planning for developments and managing and responding to fire risk in urban fringe areas and forest ecosystems.