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Academic study programme - Sustainable Forestry

The importance of Forestry sector is increasing every year.  If you enjoy time in forest and you are looking for a rewarding career, where you can provide professional advice to the land-based forestry sector and help secure our forests for future generations to enjoy, then this course is for you.

Degree: Bachelor Degree of Agricultural Sciences in Forest Science
Credits: 180 ECTS
Duration of studies: 3 years (full-time)
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fee per year:  3000 Eur
Admission: once a year (September intake) 
Programme director: Mg.silv. Edgars Dubrovskis,
Accredited until: December 15, 2028

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Forestry as sustainable resource studies has been developing in Latvia University of Life Sciences and Tehnologies for decades to give the instil in you an awareness of the complexities inherent in forest land management and to help you develop as an involved citizen as well as a professional forest manager.

Career Opportunities

After the graduation, you can work as a professional forester and afterwards in leading positions in public or municipal institutions, advisory services, state forest companies, municipal or private companies, forest inventory companies, and forest resource use, control and management organizations.

1. semester:

  • Function and Production of Forests:
  • Introduction;Applied physics and chemistry I;
  • Forest Policy and Economics I;
  • Soils and Forest Productivity;
  • Plant Physiology;
  • Introduction of GIS and Forest Mapping I.

2. semester:

  • Business Economics;
  • Applied physics and chemistry II;
  • Forest Regeneration and Afforestation;
  • Introduction of GIS and Forest Mapping II;
  • Industrial Technology (woodworking);
  • Industrial Technology (further processing).

3. semester:

  • Forest product market;
  • Forest Policy and Economics II;
  • Silviculture I;
  • Forest Ecology;
  • Entomology and Plant Pathology I;
  • Practical Training in Wood Processing and New Technology.

4. semester:

  • Forest Resources Economics and Geoinformatics;
  • Silviculture II;
  • Multifunctional Forest Management Planning I;
  • Wood Science and Measurement Technology;
  • Entomology and Plant Pathology II;
  • Hydrothermical Processing of Wood and Finishing of Wood.


  • Research Methodology and Biometrics I;
  • Labour and Civil Protection;
  • Multifunctional Forest Management Planning II;
  • Bachelor Thesis I;
  • Risk Management in Forestry I;
  • Forest Management Technology and Technique;
  • Design Basics of Wooden Article and Modelling of Wood Processing.

6. semester:

  • Research Methodology and Biometrics II;
  • Ecology and Environmental Protection;
  • Bachelor Thesis II;
  • Risk Management in Forestry II;
  • Entrepreneurship in Timber Industry [course work];
  • Wood Processing with CNC;
  • Wood Material Transport (logistics);
  • Non-Wood Forest Values.

Learning Outcomes

Students acquire knowledge of the economic, ecological and social aspects of the forest, study the management and organization of forestry activities, learn about the wood market, learn how to care for the forest to maximize yield and preserve biodiversity.

Students after graduation are competently solve problems of science and practice in the field and familiar with the development trends of the sector and the problems of the related branches of science.

Examination Procedure

1. The assessment of professional skills – will be measured in independent and practical work. Which includes: calculations, information collecting and processing with various methods (debates, discussions, case studies, publications, research paper writing, creation of a portfolio, etc.) are used according to the aim of the specific study course.

2. Knowledge is assessed by grades taken from tests, calculations, individual works and as a part of study course exam. The assessment of integrated knowledge, skills and competencies will be tested with the resulting  Bachelor thesis.

Admission Requirements

Applicants with completed secondary education are approved for admission to the programme, namely, applicapplicantsto be eligible for university studies in your own country. Applicants must have at least "satisfactory" grade in Mathematics, must be able to present good English knowledge (minimum - CEFR level B2, IELTS score 5.5, TOEFL score 520, TOEFL-iBT score 68 ) and need to pass an online entrance test in Biology.

Programme Director Edgars Dubrovskis says:

Forest is Life! BE ONE OF US! We will manage the green treasure that is our forest!

Submitted on: 21/02/2020