Course summary

Our precious forests must be understood and managed to balance the need for timber production, biodiversity conservation, water quality protection, carbon storage and other issues.

As well as offering expertise in an industry that drives economic success in many countries, this program explores the challenges facing our forests through climate change, land management and resource strategies.

With a focus on environmental science, you can translate your ideas about the future of forestry into a research topic that will aid understanding of this essential and yet challenging field. Our world-renowned experts will support you all the way.

Graduates will have career opportunities related to plantation and natural forest management in Australia and internationally.

The course structure is flexible to accommodate students who are interested in operational forestry or those who wish to pursue a research career.

The course provides targeted forest science and management education and training. It includes studies in natural resource management, measuring trees and forests, fire ecology and management, plant physiology and ecology, wood science, forest operations, silviculture, forest health and pest management. Students undertake fieldwork in eucalypt forests, rainforests, plantation forests and on farms. 

Students enrolled in the Masters course can also undertake a minor thesis, research project, or pilot study, and choose from a range of elective units including financial, strategic and project management. Of 16 units required for the degree, only four are required core units. The remainder can be chosen by the student in coordination with the course coordinator. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and application of scientific methods in forest science and management.

Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to native forest, plantation and agroforestry science and management


Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving.

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability.

Demonstrate well-developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of forest science and management.

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings.

Demonstrate knowledge in several sub-disciplines.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning.

Critically reflect on practice.

Demonstrate information literacy skills

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts.

Collaborate effectively with stakeholders and academic, operational and technical workers.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and the environment.

Masters graduates qualify for automatic full membership of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

International duration

2 years full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $32,000 ($4,000 per unit) 068266A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Master of Forest Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. five (5) units from Part B; and
    3. five (5) units from Part C.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for a Master of Forest Science and Management:
    1. has successfully completed four (4) units comprising two (2) units from Part A and two (2) units from Part B may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Forest Science and Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Master Degree; or
    2. has successfully completed eight (8) units comprising four (4) units from Part A and four (4) units (48 credit points) from Part B may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Master Degree

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

FOR03083 - Measuring Trees and Forests Advanced
FOR03085 - Native Forests Silviculture Advanced
FOR03105 - Fire Ecology and Management Advanced
FOR03107 - Plantation Silviculture Advanced
FOR03169 - Minor Thesis (Part 1 of 2) Advanced
FOR03170 - Minor Thesis (Part 2 of 2) Advanced

Part B

Part C


Note 1: Subject to the approval of the Course Coordinator.
Note 2: Double-weighted unit.