This webpage is for students in the Forest Bioeconomy Master's program. Here you find information about the program including the welcome letter, your course schedule, contacts, and other course-related documents. Navigate by clicking on the headings below.
Dates for re-examination
The Faculty of Forest Science has a procedure for re-examination, with ongoing examination opportunities during the academic terms. You can find the dates on the student portal under "Term Dates" and location-specific details.
At the beginning of the course, the time for regular examinations, as well as the first and second re-examinations, will be announced according to decided dates. It is mandatory to register for the examination. The student can view which re-examinations are open for registration on the student portal (sometimes the course instructor communicates this information differently). Students can register for re-examinations up to 10 working days before the examination date.
If you want to include courses from other higher education institutions in your degree, you need to transfer the credit for these. The procedure is slightly different depending on whether it is a professional qualification or a general qualification.
If you have successfully completed a higher education course or study programme and you want it to be included in your degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, you are entitled to have it considered for credit transfer. The credit transfer procedure is handled by the separate Board of Studies at the faculties, except where it concerns studies from other Swedish higher education institutions that are to be included in a general degree. In the latter case, the credit transfer is handled by the Division of Student Affairs and Learning Development. Find out more.
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Course schedule academic year 24/25
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To be admitted to the Master’s programme Forest Bioeconomy, the following criteria must be met:
General entry requirements
- First-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.
Specific entry requirements
- 30 credits economic subjects of which at least 15 credits in Business Administration, and
- 60 credits in one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains:
- Forestry Science
- Forest Science
- Forest Management
- Agricultural Science
In addition, knowledge equivalent of English 6 is required. SLU regulations state that applicants may meet this requirement if they were awarded a first-cycle degree from a Swedish university, or have completed 120 credits at SLU. For applicants from some English speaking countries certain rules may apply.
The specific entry requirements can also be met by someone who has acquired the equivalent knowledge through a corresponding qualification from abroad or in some other way.
For admission to the courses included in the programme, there are specific entry requirements for each course; these are described in the course syllabus.
Bioeconomy aims to transform society nationally and globally to adapt to sustainable circular economic development. This structural change involves the transition from fossil raw materials to bio-based raw materials. Achieving this structural change also requires changes in society and within companies. The Master's programme Forest Bioeconomy focuses on educating for deeper understanding, contributing to and developing this change. The forest industry's perspective and challenges are the focus of the programme's objectives, which include in-depth knowledge of bioeconomy, sustainability, and circular processes. The forest industry sector spans from bio raw material to finished products including circular processes, where for example raw materials to finished products including reuse, transformation and recycling, i.e. supply chain management is central. The goal is to work with sustainable solutions from forest to finished product to find sustainable solutions for the forest industry and other actors in the ongoing bioeconomy development.
The programme is based on both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary elements with both an international and national focus. During the programme, with the help of both business and economic theories together with basic forestry science, the students gain an in-depth knowledge of the forest industry sector and its products, processes and systems, and its role in bioeconomy for sustainable development. Students also gain an insight into the entire forest value chain, products and industries linked to the forest raw material and its contribution to the development of a sustainable circular bioeconomy from different perspectives.
The objective of the Master's programme is that students after completing their studies can contribute to sustainable development through a deep knowledge of bioeconomy, circularity and sustainability with a particular focus on knowledge of the entire forest value chain and how sustainability assessments are integrated in companies and/or organisations. The programme trains the student's ability to initiate, organise and lead processes aimed at implementing sustainability, circularity and bioeconomy in the forestry industrial sector. The student also develops an analytical and critical approach as courses are based on the latest scientific developments from different disciplines (such as technology, sustainable development, and business administration). In addition, the student develops a good ability to collaborate with different actors, such as companies, authorities and organisations through interactive elements in the courses, such as case studies, external lectures, study visits and project assignments focusing on current issues.
The programme is aimed at students with a strong interest in the forest sector, sustainability and bioeconomy. The student's background can be either in social or natural sciences.
During the first year, courses are offered that provide in-depth knowledge of sustainable development, circular bioeconomy, and the forest industry sector, both internationally and nationally, as well as knowledge of the forest raw material, processes and properties and the forest value chain. In the second year, courses are taken in areas such as sustainability, marketing, bioeconomy management, natural resources and markets, and trade theory. The courses focus on providing:
- a systemic understanding of the forest industry sector and its role in the bioeconomy,
- detailed knowledge of the different processing steps in the value chain, including raw material,
processes and products,
- an in-depth knowledge of opportunities and barriers to sustainable development from a bioeconomy perspective, and
- an ability to develop contact networks and collaboration with the forest industry sector.
In accordance with SLU's overall guidelines for equal conditions, a well-functioning study environment is characterised by openness, equality, and inclusion. This promotes a climate that utilises the diversity that employees' and students' different backgrounds, life situations and skills bring.
The programme is offered in English.
Main fields of study: Bioeconomy Management = BM, Forestry Science = SV, Business Administration = FÖ, Sustainable Development = HU, Economics = NA, Other = ÖVR
Course (main field of study, level)
The global forest sector. 7,5 credits (BM/SV, A1N)
Resources, economics and markets, 7,5 credits (FÖ/NA, GIF)
Sustainable marketing and biobased sector, 15 credits (FÖ/HU, A1N)
Wood science, innovation management I, 7,5 credits (SV, A1N)
Wood science, innovation management II, 7,5 credits (SV, A1F)
Supply chain management in forest sector, 15 credits (BM, A1N)
Bioeconomy management in a global world, 15 credits (BM, A1F)
Sustainability reporting in the forest sector, 7,5 credits (FÖ, G1F)
Research methods in social sciences, 7,5 credits (ÖVR, A1N)
Master thesis in Bioeconomy management, 30/60 credits (BM, A2E)
Additional elective courses
Qualified internship for sustainable development, 30 credits (ÖVR, A1F)
The range of courses offered may change during the programme. This may result in a new version of the syllabus with transitional regulations. Decisions on the courses offered are taken well in advance of the next academic year.
Each course in the programme has its own syllabus with specific requirements. The SLU student web provides detailed information about when the courses are given.
Some study periods (part of a semester) SLU may offer multiple courses to choose between within the programme. Programme students are guaranteed one of these courses, provided that the entry requrements are fullfilled and that the student have applied in time.
The general learning outcomes for first- and second-cycle courses and programmes are specified in the Higher Education Act (Chapter 1, Sections 8–9).
The Annex to the Ordinance for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences stipulates that for the Degree of Master (120 credits), the student shall have:
Knowledge and understanding
- demonstrated knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
- demonstrated specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.
Competence and skills
- demonstrated the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
- demonstrated the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake specialised tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
- demonstrated the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
- demonstrated the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.
Judgement and approach
- demonstrated the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical considerations and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
- demonstrated insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
- demonstrated the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.
Degree awarded upon completion of the programme
The Master’s programme Forest Bioeconomy aims at a Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with Bioeconomy Management as the main field of study, a general qualification.
Students who fulfill the qualification requirements for the Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) will be provided with a degree certificate upon request. The degree certificate will specify the qualification as Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Bioeconomy Management (masterexamen med huvudområdet bioekonomimanagement).
Other qualifications may be awarded if the necessary requirements are fulfilled. See the SLU System of Qualifications.
The programme contains courses that, depending on courses taken and combination with previous studies within certain bachelor programmes at SLU, may provide the necessary requirements of 300 credits in total for the professional degree Jägmästarexamen (Master of Science in Forestry). See the SLU System of Qualifications.
A Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Bioeconomy Management is awarded to students who have successfully completed 120 credits, of which at least 90 credits are from second-cycle courses, from the required courses as follows:
- a minimum of 30 credits from courses with specialised study in bioeconomy management (A1N, A1F)
- a minimum of 30 credits from a degree project in bioeconomy management (A2E).
There is additional requirement of a completed Degree of Bachelor, professional degree comprising a minimum of 180 credits, or a corresponding qualification from abroad.
A maximum of 30 credits from first-cycle courses may be included, provided these credits were not included in a qualifying Degree of Bachelor, or equivalent. All courses included in a degree must be at university level, have been successfully completed and may not overlap/have similar content.
General regulations for first- and second-cycle courses and programmes
For more information about semester dates, examinations and credit transfer at first and second-cycle level, see the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Possibilities for further study
Students who complete the MSc in Forest Bioeconomy and are awarded a degree may continue onto doctoral studies.
If you would like to apply for this programme
This page is for students currently studying on the programme. If you are not currently a student but would like to apply, you can read more about the programme’s content and the application process here.
Programme Director of Studies:
Department of Forest Economics
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +46 18-67 17 51
Jennie Ohlsson, Education officer
Faculty of Forest Sciences, SLU
email@example.com, Phone: +46 90-786 82 04