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Forest Science

University of Padova
Italy, Padova
Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry Italy, Viale dell'Università, 16 - 35020 Legnaro (PD)
Tuition fee €2,600.00 per year

In order to accept your Offer at the University of Padova, you must pay the first instalment of tuition fees for a.y. 2019/20 (see below).

The total amount of tuition fees due per each academic year can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see:

Application fee €30.00 one-time

This fee is non-refundable.

Deposit €187.00 one-time

In order to accept your place at the University of Padova, the payment of the first instalment is required. This fee is non-refundable.

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Forest and Land Management forms specialists in sustainable management, conservation and integrated valorisation of forests and natural resources and is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to forestry. Subjects taught include applied ecology and functioning of natural ecosystems, management of wildlife and insects, biotic and abiotic disturbances and related mitigation tools, applied forestry and forest operations, forest pathology, bio-economy and resource valorization, hydrology, fluviomorphology, integrated management of erosion in steep slopes of mountainous areas. Students acquire awareness and understanding of the organization of forest and mountain ecosystems and skills for sustainable management of forests and rural landscape, especially in an Alpine and Mediterranean environment.

The curriculum Forest and Nature for the Future forms specialists in governance of forests and natural ecosystems in the context of international issues such as climate change, deforestation, land use change and biodiversity conservation. Subjects taught include dynamics of natural ecosystems and climate change, natural habitat management, forestry, forest planning and operations in fragile environments, production, evaluation and enhancement of ecosystem services also through participatory approaches, international forestry policy, conflict management, corporate social responsibility, forest certification. Students acquire capacity to interpret complex socio-ecological systems and to identify innovative solutions for responsible forest management in line with the major global environmental issues.

Programme structure

• Forest policy for a bio-economy strategy
• Forest ecology and management
• Natural disturbances ecology and management
• Insect ecology and management
• Wildlife conservation and management
• Forest pathology and wood alterations
• Geology of Mountain Areas
• Forest transportation
• Forest hydrology and erosion control
• Mountain River Morphology and Restoration
• Stand history and dynamics
• Applied Silviculture and Forest Management
• Reduced Impact Timber Harvesting
• Global change and forest ecosystems
• Natura 2000 management
• Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Forest
• Integrated watershed management
• Forest policy, governance & conflicts: from global to local
• Environmental resource valuation
• Market-based instruments for Ecosystem Services
• Social responsibility and certification
• Introduction to GIS
• Joint Field Module
• Communication skills
• Research planning

Career opportunities

A Forest Science graduate can be employed in public and private institutions, agencies, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations working as planner, designer, manager and supervisor in the field of sustainable and responsible management of forests, natural and semi-natural habitats, land management and protection, landscape management, use and valorisation of forest resources and ecosystems services nationally or internationally. In addition, Forest Science high profile education facilitates access to basic or applied research or to doctoral programmes in Italy or abroad.

Apply now! Academic year 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2019
Apply now! Academic year 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States