Master of Forestry Science


The Master of Forestry Science will give you a head start into forest management, governance or research at an advanced level.

This degree offers a flexible structure – depending on your goals and experience you can study by examination and report, examination and thesis, or thesis only. This programme means you can complete a professional master's degree with coursework and a report in two years.

Students enjoy small classes and a wide variety of courses to choose from, ranging from silviculture to advanced IT applications in forestry.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. 

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates for the Master of Forestry Science must have a four-year Bachelor of Forestry Science, or other bachelor's degree in relevant subjects, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry.

The standard and relevance of previous study will be the criteria for selection, and for determining the options available in the degree.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Forestry Science or use the admission requirements checker

Qualification structure and duration

 The MForSc can be completed by either:

  • 240 points of coursework including FORE679 MForSc Report selected from the schedule, or
  • 120 points of coursework selected from the schedule and 120 points of thesis, or
  • 120 points of thesis alone.

Candidates approved for the thesis-only option must have completed a minimum of 120 points of postgraduate-level studies, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.

Depending on which structure you opt for, the master's can take one to three years to complete full-time; or 18 months to four years part-time.

Subjects and courses

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Master of Forestry Science.

How to apply

Please fill in the 'Application for postgraduate study' below. For further information, find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Forestry Science.

For study planning help contact the School of Forestry or the College of Engineering: 

College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3500
Email forestry@canterbury.ac.nz

Paul Oyier

Paul Oyier

'The MForSc offered at UC answers all my desires by providing me with all the necessary skills for managing a natural resource business...'

Melissa pendly

Melissa Pendly

'I could see the real-world applications for the skills I was learning...'