Forest Systems and Environmental Sciences
|POSTGRADUATE DEGREE, full-time
|2 years. For each year of enrollment, students may choose between full-time or part-time status. Tuition fees vary accordingly. (120 ECTS)
|€2,800 per year
For the academic year 2023/2024 the tuition fees ranged from 156€ to 2.800€ per year, depending on the student’s financial situation.
For more information on the tuition fees for the a.y. 2024/2025, please refer to the dedicated webpage on our University portal. At the same page you’ll also be able to verify if you are eligible for a fee reduction or exemption.
First cycle diploma (BA, Undergraduate diploma)
You must hold a first-cycle degree (i.e. bachelor’s degree) gained after at least 3 years of University education. You will also need to meet specific admission requirements and demonstrate a suitable academic preparation.
Minimum admission requirements
Applicants must possess at least 45 ECTS in the characteristic courses mentioned in the Ministerial Table for Class L25 (Agricultural and Forestry Science and Technology). In detail, the 45 ECTS must be of one or more of the following basic sectors of the Class L25 AGR/07, BIO/01, BIO/02, BIO/03, BIO/04, BIO/05, BIO/13, CHIM/03, CHIM/06, FIS/01, FIS/02, FIS/03, FIS/04, FIS/05, FIS/06, FIS/07, FIS/08, INF/01, ING‐INF/05, MAT/01, MAT/02, MAT/03, MAT/04, MAT/05, MAT/06, MAT/07, MAT/08, MAT/09, SECS-S/01, and of one or more of the following characterizing sectors of the Class L25 L-25 AGR/01, AGR/02, AGR/03, AGR/04, AGR/05, AGR/06, AGR/07, AGR/08, AGR/09, AGR/10, AGR/11, AGR/12, AGR/13, AGR/14, AGR/15, AGR/16, AGR/17, AGR/18, AGR/19, AGR/20, BIO/07, CHIM/05, GEO/02, GEO/04, GEO/06, GEO/07, ICAR/06, ICAR/15, ING-IND/09, ING‐IND/22, IUS/03, IUS/14, SECS‐P/08, VET/01, VET/02, VET/05, VET/06.
The minimum curricular requirements, if not met, can be satisfied by following specific courses offered by the University of Torino before enrolling.
In addition to the above-mentioned requirements, students wishing to enrol must pass an interview on the main concepts of the following fields:
- Botany, including forest botany: morphology and functioning of plants, basic knowledge for the identification of the main plant families and species for agriculture, forestry or pasture use.
For fellows owing a BSc Degree in the class L25, the interview does not apply if the degree was obtained with a score over 90/100.
The interview is carried out by a Commission appointed by the Degree Council of at least three University professors who first evaluate the documents provided by each candidate. The interviews are public and they are carried out periodically as announced on the MSc Degree website (www.sifam.unito.it).
For extra EU students who are expected to pass an exam on the knowledge of Italian, such exam will occur during the interview described above.
If the candidate does not meet the Minimum curricular requirements, based on the suggestion of the Commissione Carriere Studenti (CCS) of the Degree Course, single courses offered by the University of Turin can be attended. Admission to the MSc Degree Course can occur after the candadate has passed the related exams.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / French / Italian / Spanish.
If the document is issued in a different language from those listed above, you will have to upload both the original document and its certified translation.
This program will admit a maximum of 10 non-European residing abroad applicants.
English language: fluent, both oral and written communication (CEFR B2 level).
Knowledge of the Italian language (of at least B2 level) will be verified during the admission interview.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
The Master Science Degree Course in Forest Systems and Environmental Sciences provides the cultural, technical, scientific and organizational tools to operate autonomously in the framework of analytical, planning, decision-making and managerial tasks in the field of forest systems, environment and land management, which are caracterized by a high level of biological, structural and socio-economical complexity.
The Master Science Degree Course is not organized in curricula, but three main fields (orientamenti) are foreseen:
- Urban and peri-urban forest systems
- Sustainable management of forests and mountain territories
- Environment and mitigation of global change
The MSc degree course lasts two years (4 semesters). The first year includes mandatory courses aimed at providing technical and cultural skills typical for professionals in the field of forest and environmental sciences and useful to conduct professional consultancy. These courses are in the field of economy, forest and environmental law, forests and environment, forest engineering and planning, and land management. Mandatory courses for each of the three main fields are offered in the second and third semesters.
The MSc degree course also includes optional courses addressing subjects complementary to the main fields. Subjects include: nursery techniques, soil bio-engineering, politics for the environment, forest certifications, biodiversity monitoring and management, tools for the mitigation of climate change, sustainable management of alpine farming systems, etc. Additional ECTS should be obtained through other optional courses offered by the MSc degree course.
Additional mandatory activities include a laboratory work organized for each of the main fields and a professional stage. The student will then defend a thesis (14 ECTS).
The post graduated fellow can operate with technical and managerial responsibilities in public and private bodies dealing with forests, environment, plant and ecosystems protection, urban forestry, development agencies, wood and energy, forest products, certification and conservation of wood products. The post graduated fellow can also access to the PhD programs.