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Forest Science and Resource Management

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The program aims to teach students how to make sustainable use of resources, with reference to the example of the forest and wood as a renewable resource. In addition to well-founded specialist knowledge, this demands a comprehensive understanding of systems and extensive methodological competencies

TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

As complex ecosystems, forests feature worldwide among the most significant biodiversity hotspots and fulfill numerous functions. They offer habitats for plant and animal species, produce wood – the most important renewable resource in terms of surface area and quantity – and make a fundamental contribution to the common good of society. In times of climate change and related efforts aimed at decarbonization, the significance of the forest as a supplier of energy and as carbon sink has further increased. Forest ecosystems must therefore satisfy numerous demands and, as such, are increasingly the focus of sociopolitical discourse. All of which is reflected in a demand for wood and wood products that has continually risen over the years, as well as in increasing efforts to protect and maintain forests.  

In order to do justice to these diverse and, in part, conflicting demands concerning the use of renewable resources and forest ecosystems, careful and comprehensive management is essential.

To this end, the bachelor's program "Forest Science and Resource Management" offers the requisite discipline-specific foundations, as well as those relating to economics and the social and natural sciences. As such, fundamentals of natural science play a role equally important to that of the technical assessment of products, and the socio-political significance of natural resources.

The study program division Forest Science and Resource Management is therefore committed to providing training that is as broad as possible.

Besides the specialized, scientific course load, expanding students' personal competencies is a further goal of the program. To this end, project work to be completed in a team as well as additional courses in rhetoric, conflict management, or stays abroad are also offered.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

The bachelor's program Forest Science and Resource Management is designed to be completed in 6 semesters, including an internship and the preparation of a bachelor's thesis. In total, students must earn 180 credit points through the completion of modular courses. For every module, students must take a corresponding module examination. The bachelor's program consists of:

  • lower-division courses oriented towards the natural sciences, comprising 10 required modules (Fundamentals and Orientation Examinations),
  • forest science courses, comprising 16 required modules, 3 elective modules, an internship and a bachelor's thesis (bachelor's examination), as well as
  • the bachelor colloquium.

For further information on the modules, see the module catalog at www.forst.wzw.tum.de.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

Upon successfully completing the bachelor's program "Forest Science and Resource Management", graduates understand the basic principles of sustainable economic activity and trade. They are conscious of the ecological, economic, and socio-political significance of natural resources. They have foundational knowledge of the natural and social sciences as well as economics and are capable of applying it in solutions to the most varied problems. They think in a contextual and analytical manner and work scientifically in accordance with established methods.

Graduates are familiar with and understand the complexity and dynamics of forest ecosystems and are able to apply this knowledge as the basis of forestry practice. They possess an extensive overview of historical developments in forest management as well as of current legal and political conditions. They understand the significance of long-term planning as the basis of forestry practice and can assess the economic and ecological effects of various practical steps. They are in a position to apply various silvicultural and business concepts and to tailor these in response to altered conditions as well as to develop them further. They understand practical work processes and can comprehensively analyze and assess them. Furthermore, They are in a position to analyze, assess and control technical forestry procedures taking into consideration economic, ecological, and technological aspects. They have an overview of the most important technologies involved in the processing of wood and the ways in which these are applied. They are familiar with various industrial procedures and understand related requirements concerning the quality of raw materials. In addition, when it comes to planning, they have foundational knowledge and skills in the area of landscape development and are conscious of the significance of the forest as a landscape component.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

The goal of the program is to provide solid foundations for embarking on a consecutive master's program in the areas of "forest science" and "resource management." Moreover, the program also offers an initial qualification that can be used for professional purposes. Relevant occupational profiles include, for example, the management of a small forestry company, a position in a company in the forestry or wood industries, or forestry consultancy. The bachelor's program also qualifies students to enter into training for the German forest service at a higher technical level (third tier).

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

You must apply through the application portal at TUMonline. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

Applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist  

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.09.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01. 

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.

You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline

When applying with an international higher education entrance qualification, please be sure to complete the application for your VPD Certificate before 15.07. (winter semester) or 15.01. (summer semester) and submit proof of your German language proficiency before the application deadline.

Should you wish to apply as a qualified professional, please submit proof of successfully completing at least 2 years of vocational training and of at least 3 years of subsequent full-time work experience before the application deadline.

Please also submit the other required documents by the end of the application deadline so we can process your application.

If individual documents (except the above listed) are not available to you in time, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.

Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

This is a program with unrestricted access. There is no selection procedure.  You will receive confirmation of your application after submission of the online application and all documents in a formally correct manner by the deadline. 

In detail:

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

Do I have to complete an internship?

An internship is not required in order to gain admission to the master's degree program. In the course of the degree program, an internship of 8 weeks (10 ECTS) in a field related to the program needs to be completed.

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program.