International Management of Forest Industries

By taking this major, you have the opportunity to gain a double Master’s degree: the MSc in Life Sciences from Bern University of Applied Sciences and the MSc in International Management of Forest Industries from Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT) in Germany.

Begutachten eines tropischen Baumes


You will deepen your forestry-related policy and business management skills, and deal with the interests, actors and mechanisms of the international forest industry. Central topics are:

  • forests and global change processes
  • international treaties (climate, biodiversity, trade) and international law
  • sustainable production
  • management of international forest enterprises and companies in the timber-processing industry
  • logistics, supply chain management and network management
  • markets for timber, wood products and non-wood products, certification
  • bioenergy
  • assessment of forest products and services

Structure and modules


Master’s thesis

The Master’s thesis is generally embedded within a HAFL or HSWT project. You may, however, also do it together with a research or industry partner. Field research is often undertaken abroad.


Typical topics for the Master’s thesis in this major are issues relating to global forest politics, forest management in the tropics and boreal regions, the role of forestry in climate strategies, REDD+, the maintenance of biodiversity, and the role of forests and trees at landscape level, e.g. in agro-forestry systems.


Geographical foci are West Africa, the Andean region, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.


Open thesis topics (pdf)

Theses in progress (pdf)


Abstracts of completed theses

L'arolle rattrapé par l'épicéa? Analyse des conditions de régénération et de développement de l'arolle (Pinus cembra) dans les Préalpes romandes (Suisse). (Cynthia Nussbaumer) (pdf)

Mining in Certified Tropical Forest Concessions – Can it cohabit? (Markus Pfannkuch) (pdf)

Klimaangepasste Stadtentwicklung: Klimafitte Bäume für Schweizer Städte (Sophia Mack) (pdf)

Chancen und Risiken einer Cradle-to-Cradle®-Zertifizierung am Beispiel der Bauwerk Parkett AG (Marlen Schneider) (pdf)


Career prospects

With this double Master’s degree, you will have the necessary skills to tackle complex issues relating to international forest management. Internationally active organisations, NGOs and the private sector seek specialists with your profile.


After your studies, you can expect to find a challenging management position in a large forestry operations or in internationally active companies in the wood-processing industry, or in an international environmental, development or industry organisation.


You will also be qualified to take on senior positions in international management consultancies and technical advisory firms or to undertake applied research and development.


Prof. Dr Urs Scheidegger


Phone +41 (0)31 910 21 11

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