MEDfOR is a two-year world-class Master Course Programme.
The MEDfOR emphasis is to prepare the future generation of engineers, managers, researchers, and teachers involved in Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management.
MEDfOR equips students with a solid scientific habilitation and the competencies for careers in innovative fields of work within the Mediterranean forestry supply chain. It will both provide the basis needed for students to pursue academic opportunities (e.g. Ph.D. program) and the qualifications needed to fill positions in all Mediterranean forestry supply chain segments (e.g. forestry and natural resources organizations, either public or private, either national or international).
Students can study in two or three of the 7 universities of the Consortium and may also have the opportunity to do internships with our Associated Partners.
Students will have to spend, obligatory, their first year of studies in one of the three following Universities: the University of Lleida, University of Padua, or University of Lisbon. In the second year, they may move to another university of the consortium according to their interest in the different specializations. Then, they may stay in their second university during the entire second year or still move to another University in the second semester – including going back to their first-year university.
During the first year, at the University of Lleida, Padua, or Lisbon, the student will acquire knowledge in the full range of disciplines essential to the use and management of Mediterranean forests. These courses have a solid anchor on the scientific areas of:
Earth Sciences (ES)
Biology and Ecology (BE)
Forest Engineering (FE) and
Social and Management Sciences (SMS)
During the first year, the students shall have two online courses: "Introductory Course: Introduction to Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources" offered by U of Valladolid at the beginning of the first semester; and "E-learning - Research and project development methodology – applications" offered by U of Padua during the 2nd semester. These courses are done by the whole cohort at the same time, and students have to interact with each other.
In the first semester of the 2nd year, students have to choose a specialization, among the 7 topics offered by the consortium, where they will acquire cutting-edge knowledge in a specialized field provided by one of the consortium universities.
Multiple criteria decision support systems for Mediterranean forest management planning in ULisboa
Social and Environmental responsibility in Mediterranean forestry in U Padua
Addressing risks in Mediterranean forest management planning-the case of fire in U Lleida
Adaptive forestry strategies to provide good and services while coping with global change challenge in U Valladolid
Advanced tools for sustainable management of Mediterranean forests in U Tuscia
Ecosystem-based multi-use forest management planning in Mediterranean forests in U Karadeniz
Mediterranean Sustainable Forest Management - An Institutional Economics Approach in U Catholic Porto
During the 2nd semester, students will develop their master thesis. Students are encouraged to develop an important fieldwork component taking advantage of on-going projects being carried out by members of the MEDfOR consortium as well as internships provided by stakeholders. All associated partners, as well as relevant stakeholders, may serve as hosts for the thesis work.
At the end of the 2nd year, students are invited to attend the Summer Event, in which students may present the work they have developed during their thesis. It is also a farewell event. This is organized by the University of Tuscia, and the event takes place in the Italian Alps in a small town called Pieve Tesino.
Degree and Diploma
At the end of the MEDfOR program, the student obtains a Double, Multiple, or Joint Degree, as determined by the mobility track, and the national regulations and course accreditation at each university. The student can obtain a degree from all Universities where it completes a period of study of at least 30 credits (ECTS) - a semester.
Degrees offered by the Universities of the Consortium:
University of LisbonMSc in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management
University of PaduaMSc in Forest Science
University of LleidaMSc in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management
University of ValladolidMSc in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management
University of KaradenizMSc in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management
University of TusciaMSc in Forestry and Environmental Sciences
Catholic University of PortoMSc in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management
Our MEDfOR Alumni often found a job within a year after graduation. Roughly one-third pursues a Ph.D. after graduation or stays in academia doing research. Half of them go back to their home countries, some to their old posts while others land new jobs, in private entities, public administration. Several Alumni have launched international carriers in international organizations or as consultants. Some stayed on the universities where they graduated – doing research or Ph.D.s; while others found internships and jobs with the associated partners.
photo courtesy of MEDfOR
How to Apply
Applications are now open to Erasmus Mundus scholarships, until the 15th of December.
The MEDfOR Programme is open to candidates from all over the world.
The MEDfOR Consortium has developed a common set of admission criteria as well as a joint application procedure. The MEDfOR Commission carries out the selection of students, where all partner universities are represented.
To apply to the Programme you must fulfil the following criteria:
The candidate needs to have at least a bachelor degree in the field of economics or sciences;
The candidate needs to have at least an English level of B1 (CEFR).
In order to apply the student needs to fill an application form and upload a list of documents. That information is found on the website of the Programme (www.medfor.eu) in the section “Apply”
All applications are assessed by at least two faculty members, appointed by or part of the MEDfOR Commission. The decision on acceptance or not into the MEDfOR program is made by the MEDfOR Commission.
The following categories are assessed: i) academic potential, ii) relevant work experience, iii) motivation and iv) recommendation letters.
An interview is done with the candidates classified with a grade of 4 or more points, in which a final decision is made regarding each candidate.