University of Freiburg

Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is one of the oldest German universities, and is now one of the nation’s leading research and teaching institutions. Forestry is taught in the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources. The foremost research fields of the Faculty concern the interactions between environment and society, especially taking into account aspects of global change. Topics including “sustainable use of resources” and “forests and landscapes” are a central part of research interests.

Natural sciences, social sciences, and technical competences serve as a foundation for a wide-ranged, interdisciplinary approach to research and education. As a result, scientific findings provide us with a deeper understanding and transfer into society and political consulting.

MSc European Forestry studies at the University of Freiburg

The MSc European Forestry students can choose studies between courses in the International Forestry and the Forest Research Ecology profiles of the Faculty.

Courses generally yield 5 ECTS credits each, with a duration of three weeks. A course usually comprises lectures, practices, tutorials, preparation, reading, independent learning and assessment.

A complete Curriculum can be found on the web pages of the MSc Forest Sciences/Forstwissenschaften programme.

Studies at the University of Freiburg are structured in 2 semesters; a winter semester from mid October to mid-February, and a summer semester from mid April to mid-July.

For further information on MSc European Forestry studies at the University of Freiburg, please contact our German coordinators: Professor, Dr. Heinrich Spiecker (instww(at) or Professor, Dr. Thomas Seifert (

Presentation on MSc European Forestry studies in Freiburg

University of Freiburg 2024 (PDF), updated 21 Jan 2024.