Forest Geography and Sustainable Forest Management

05.04.02In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Forestry
  • Forest Biogeocenology
  • Protection of Forest Ecosystems and Their Resource Potential Increase
  • GIS Analysis and Modelling in the Forest Sector
  • Forest Policy
  • Forest Legislation
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Economics
Our advantages
  • The programme is designed to train qualified specialists in forest management.
  • The programme is unique in that it combines fundamental training in physical geography and biogeography of the forest zone with the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in forest management and economics of the forest sector.
  • During training, students will: receive knowledge of the geography of forests and the laws of their formation in various environmental conditions; study the forest typology, the dynamics of forests under the influence of natural catastrophic factors, anthropogenic impacts and climate change; and master special courses in sustainable forest management and forest administration, including the regulatory framework governing the activities of the forest sector.
  • Students will gain an understanding of forest management regulations, the forest plan, and their role in sustainable forest management. They will also study the requirements of international forest certification systems.
  • Graduates will be able to apply the acquired fundamental and practical knowledge in the forest sector industry. They will be able to use national and international forest management practices such as: forecasting the main damaging factors of the forest; their prevention and application of special forest protection measures; modelling and forecasting changes in long-term forest growth conditions; and creating a cost-effective forest production for territories with certain conditions.
  • The academic programme has been designed taking into account professional standards and the needs of employers.
International relations
  • Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Stockholm University (Sweden)
  • The University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (Finland)
  • The University of Hohenheim (Germany)
Main areas of research
  • Dynamics and spatial distribution of forest resources
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Sustainable forest management in the territory
  • Forecasting changes in the structure of forest resources in a changing climate and anthropogenic impact
  • Sustainable forest management of the territory
Practical training and career opportunities


  • Manager in the timber industry of logging and processing of forest resources
  • Specialist in environmental protection at timber industry enterprises
  • Specialist in forest management of the regional committee (department) for the sustainable use and protection of natural resources
  • State examiner in the field of sustainable use and protection of forest resources
  • Research associate at industry-specific institutions: the Institute of Forest Science; and the Institute of Forest and Natural Resources Management University lecturer