Master of Forest Science and Management

Southern Cross University

This is a postgraduate qualification in plantation and natural forest management. Concerns about climate change, carbon sequestration and environment-friendly building materials have rekindled the demand for professional forest managers. Worldwide, forest management is becoming more intensive, with many forest products traded internationally as commodities. As a result, forest management agencies now require foresters with enhanced skills in strategic planning and management, which are both features of this course. The Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management is also available as an entry point and is suited to graduates with a background in general or environmental sciences who wish to seek careers in government forest services, management of native forests, fire fighting, land use and parks management, mine site rehabilitation, plantation management and forestry restoration.

Course Fee:

Australian: $51,600
International: $58,400

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree


16 units comprising 4 core and 12 elective units.

Subjects you can Study:

Forest management

Study Pathways:

Exit points available at Graduate Certificate (4 required units) or Graduate Diploma (8 required units).

Further information:

Graduates typically seek career advancement in forest management; carbon sequestration; integrated tree cropping and farm forestry; national parks and protected area management, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental education and interpretation.


Master graduates qualify for full membership of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

Who for:

Those working in forest management

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Forest Technical Officer,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Lismore No info Yes Full time 2 years
Lismore No info Yes Part time 4 years
Southern Cross University is a multi-campus university on Australia's east coast with a dynamic teaching and research profile. We have three main campuses: at the Gold Coast in Queensland, and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. The University is proud of its reputation as a progressive institution, engaging with the communities we serve to create change that has impact around the world. The regions we call home all have unique characteristics as study locations - from cosmopolitan cities, thriving industries and coastal lifestyles to living laboratories of great natural beauty and ecological diversity - all just outside the classroom. Branch campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth operate in collaboration with EduCo. The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in partnership with Mulpha Australia. Southern Cross offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science and health disciplines, law, engineering, education, humanities, creative arts, tourism, business and information technology. Specialist degrees in Indigenous knowledge, marine science, osteopathy, midwifery and psychology as well as a suite of double degrees round out a rich academic portfolio. Our online courses are delivered with teaching technologies that offer interactive and immersive learning experiences. Work placements and developing practical, industry-specific skills are a feature of our degrees, as is hands-on learning in laboratories, on field trips or through real-world projects. The University is home to nine research centres with global relevance, be it marine ecology, flood mitigation, organic agriculture, plant and geoscience or adolescent development. In the latest 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding ratings of at world standard or above in 23 research fields.

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